Klaasen wins it for SA to make it 2-0 against IND

India wanted to equal the series 1-1 by winning the second T20I against South Africa who look like a team in form. They are coming together as a team rather than depending on individuals to carry the team forward. Indians seem to be depending on Top Order more as Hardik Pandya, Harshal Patel haven’t been able to find their top form after a tiring IPL season. Really too much of cricket is affecting players and we can see in Indian cricketers play.

Shreyas Iyer looked in touch with 40
Shreyas Iyer looked in touch with 40

South Africa won the toss and elected to field first. Ruturaj Gaikwad failed again. This time the pitch seemed slow and difficult to bat on. Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan tried their best to segway through the inspired SA bowling. They could build a partnership but both got out at wrong time. Ishan looked in flow with 34(21) but got out with 48 on board and Hardik, Rishabh struggled. Iyer who looked set to explode got out after scoring 40 at 98 on board.

Dinesh Karthik histronics helped India get decent total
Dinesh Karthik histrionics helped India get decent total

Dinesh Karthik struggled to find his timing initially but ended the innings on a high in the last over scoring 16 runs with back to back sixes. His last over heroics propelled the score to decent 148/6.

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has been the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has been the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar found his line and length, swing too. He could quickly send three SA batsmen back to hut. One of them was last match hero Rassie van der Dussen. But rest of the bowlers couldn’t find similar lengths to restrict or break the partnership between Henrich Klaasen and Temba Bavuma.

Bavuma set it up for SA with Klaasen

Bavuma got out after scoring 35 but Klaasen continued to bat responsibly. After scoring 50, along with Miller, he exploded and ended any kind of hopes Indians had. He scored 81 off 46 on a difficult pitch. Indian spinners Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal seemed useless on the pitch. Chahal gave away 49 runs taking Bavuma’s wicket.

Klaasen exploded after scoring 50
Klaasen exploded after scoring 50

Klaasen fell to Harshal Patel after carefully securing a win. Miller finished the innings with Kagiso Rabada. Indian Team will have to find suitable answers in the next T20I to SA bowlers and mainly middle order batsmen David Miller. He has been key partner and support in Rassie van der Dussen and Henrich Klaasen heroics in both the innings against India.

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