The Virat Kohli-led team outclassed the JP Duminy-led team by 28 runs in the first T20 game at Johannesburg on Sunday to take 1-0 lead in the three-match series. After India posted a competitive total of 203/5, the Indian bowlers stemmed the run flow from the very first ball and did not let the opposition score runs freely. While the South African openers Reeza Kendricks (70) and Jon Jon Smuts hit a few boundaries early in the innings to bring down the required run rate, Bhuvneshwar spoiled their plans by dismissing Smuts for 14. South Africa could not get their momentum going as captain JP Duminy (3) and David Miller (9) departed cheaply in search of quick runs. However, Hendricks and Farhaan Behardien strung together an 81-run partnership to give their team a glimmer of hope. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who went for quite a few runs in the match, broke the dangerous partnership and brought back the Indian team back in the game. Following which, Bhuvnehswar ran through the middle and lower batting order as he recorded a career-best figure of 5 for 24 and also became the first Indian pacer to take a five-fer in a T20 game. The second match will be played at the Centurion on February 21.
Earlier, JP Duminy, winning the toss, put India into bat and witnessed the Virat Kohli-led team tear apart the South African bowling unit early on. India were off to a flying start as they scored 18 off the first over. Rohit Sharma looked in sublime form but was dismissed by debutant Junior Dala for 21. Following the wicket, Dhawan continued the onslaught as he scored boundaries at will. India captain Virat Kohli, who was dropped on 10, by Farhaan Behardien at long-on, could not stay for long as Tabraiz Shamsi bowled beautifully to trap him LBW for 26. After Dhawan's dismissal, MS Dhoni, Manish Pandey and Hardik Pandya chipped in with 29, 16 13 runs respectively to help India cross the 200-run mark. This is India's highest T20I score against South Africa. For South Africa, Dala finished the innings with figures of two for 47. (Scorecard)
When and Where to watch: India (IND) vs South Africa (SA)
(IND) Vs (SA) is scheduled for a 18:00 IST (02:30 PM Local) start. Live Streaming and TV information for the match can be found below.
India: TV: Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD and Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD
International: Live Streaming: Cricketgateway.
South Africa: TV: SuperSport Two. Live Streaming: SuperSport Live Video.
UK: TV: Sky Sports 2. Live Streaming: Watch Sky Sports.
USA: TV: Willow TV. Live Streaming: Willow TV Online.
Middle East: TV: OSN Sports Cricket HD. Live Streaming: OSN Play.