De Kock blitz helps South Africa beat India by 9 wickets in Bengaluru to level T20I series 1-1
It is all credit to South Africa as they inflicted a serious beating on the home team, who were in experiment mode but would have still learnt some lessons of respecting both the conditions and the opposition.
India 134-9 (Bjorn Fortuin 2-19, Kagiso Rabada 3-39, Beuran Hendricks 2-14)
South Africa 140-1 (Quinton de Kock 79*)
Result - South Africa won by 9 wickets
India were quite confident before the start of the match, especially having won the last game comprehensively in Mohali and went a bit ahead of themselves. This is why when Virat Kohli won the toss in Bengaluru, he chose to bat first despite admitting that Chinnaswamy is a good chasing ground.
India got off to a good start despite Rohit Sharma's early dismissal with Shikhar Dhawan going after the bowlers. However, once Dhawan and Kohli were dismissed in quick succession, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and the rest went possibly a bit too hard at the ball.
In essence, the Indian batting failed to access the pitch. It was more of a 150 strip and the Indian batting went with a goal of 200, managing only 134. Beuran Hendricks was an inspired inclusion and picked up two crucial wickets to go along with two from Bjorn Fortuin and three from Kagiso Rabada.
In reply, Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks got off to a good start despite a couple of swinging overs from Deepak Chahar. After Hendricks was dismissed, Temba Bavuma and de Kock batted beautifully and got the odd boundary to coast to a win.
Krunal Pandya, in particular, qas super expensive and gave away 40 runs. It is all credit to South Africa as they inflicted a serious beating on the home team, who were in experiment mode but would have still learnt some lessons of respecting both the conditions and the opposition.
India- Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
South Africa- Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi
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