Reeza Hendrick’s effort of scoring 70 off 50 balls went in vain because of Bhuvaneswar Kumar’s 5-wicket feat in the first T20 against South Africa. Bhuwaneswar Kumar succeeded to thrash the hosts in the final spell. The hosts lost five wickets within 21 balls and lost the match by 28 runs even after sweating hard to save their face.
Earlier, team India played a spectacular Innings to set a huge score before the hosts. The captain of South Africa, JP Duminy won the toss and chose to field. The Indian top order was the best in form and utilized the opportunity very well. The duo Rohit Sharma and Raina managed to make the most out of the power play by scoring 78 runs, their highest stand ever. Raina proved that he is back in a splendid way.
Rohit Sharma succeeded to give a good start to the Indian Innings by scoring 18 runs in the first over and two of them were sixes. But he was dismissed very earlier by the debutant pacer Junior Dala. Raina did not make the most of his come- back but played some good shots. Dhawan, on the other hand, did well by playing thunderous boundaries and sixes making the most out of the batting power play, leading the scoreboard to 78 for the loss of two wickets. On the other hand, Junior Dala succeeded to dismiss Rohit Sharma earlier. Dhawan scored 72 runs off 39 balls in this innings.
India managed to make 100 runs off 10 overs and Kohli scored 11 runs off 10 balls earlier and seemed to settle down when he was dropped by Behardien. He looked to get the grip over the innings but was dismissed by Tabraiz Shamsi at the score of 26 runs the next over.
By 12th over, Dhawan scored his fifty off 27 balls. At that time, Manish Pandey seemed to build a stand but Dhawan was back to the pavilion in a short while. Dhawan managed to maintain the run rate at 10 and made 22 runs off 11 balls after his half-century even when he did not get the right stand before he fell to Andile Phehlukwayo.
Pandey, Dhoni and Hardik Pandya attempted to rebuild the innings but could not make a big impact. The Indians managed to score only 46 runs off the last five overs. The Indian Innings came to an end at the score of 203 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Dhawan stood as the highest scorer in this match for India with 72 runs.
Jayadev Unadkat was very expensive and the Safaris made 14 runs in the second over but Bhuvi managed to repair the situation by dismissing JJ Smutts. With a slower pace, Bhuvaneswar sent JP Duminy to the pavilion in the next over.
The South Africans managed to score just 41 runs off 6 overs. David Miller tried to rebuild the innings by his fantastic start with a six but he fell prey to another slower delivery by Pandya. Reeza Hendricks did great with his 79 runs with a good support by Behardien but finally fell for Bhuvaneswar Kumar. Bhuvi proved his fabulous come back by restricting the South African score from a position of 154 runs for 4 wickets in 17 overs to 175 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs.
India won the match by 28 runs and from the South African side, Hendricks made 79 runs and Junior Dala took 2 wickets off 47 runs. From the Indian side, Bhuvaneswar Kumar took 5 wickets off 24 runs.