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Klaasen, Duminy help South Africa chase 189 and level series

JP Duminy led from the front for South Africa
JP Duminy led from the front for South Africa

South Africa 189-4 (Klaasen 69) beat
India 188-4 (Pandey 79no) by six wickets
Second Twenty20 International in Centurion

Heinrich Klaasen scored a blistering 69 run knock while JP Duminy led from the front with an unbeaten 64 as South Africa went on to chase 189 against India in 18.4 overs with six wickets in hand in the second Twenty20 International in Centurion to level the series 1-1.

South Africa invited India to bat first after winning the toss. In an eventful first delivery from Chris Morris (0-42), Shikhar Dhawan (24) was given out caught behind but the decision was reversed after India went for a review.

Morris started the proceedings with a maiden over and things just got better for the Proteas as Junior Dala (2-28) trapped Rohit Sharma (0) LBW in the first delivery he bowled.

Dhawan went severe on Morris hitting him for two apiece of sixes and boundaries in the third over while Suresh Raina (30) followed it with three more fours in the next over as India raced to 40 for one by the end of the fourth over.

However, India's momentum was dented when JP Duminy (1-13) had Dhawan caught at mid-on and in the next over, Dala bowled a wicket-maiden as he snared Virat Kohli (1) to restrict India to 45 for three in the powerplay phase.

With wickets tumbling around, Raina dropped the anchor role along with Manish Pandey (79 not out) and the latter upped the ante in the 10th over, hitting Tabraiz Shamsi (0-23) for two sixes and a four as India reached 85 for three at halfway mark.

Andile Phehlukwayo (1-15) got South Africa back into the game with the wicket of Raina but Pandey, who completed a 33-ball fifty along with a 28-ball blitz from MS Dhoni (52 not out) helped India add 103 runs in the final 10 overs to take the total to 188 in the 20 overs.

Reeza Hendricks (25) and JJ Smuts (2) had a cautious approach to the chase scoring 15 runs in the first three overs before the latter was caught at cover point off Jaydev Unadkat (2-42).

Just when Hendricks started to up the ante, he found the deep mid-wicket fielder in the fifth over from Shardul Thakur (1-31) and with rain in the air, South Africa promoted Klaasen (69) to number three in search for quick runs and the move did work as he plundered Unadkat for two sixes to help the hosts reach 50 for two in the powerplay.

Klaasen was severe especially on leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (0-64), who failed to grip the ball and plundered as many as five sixes and a boundary in his first three overs and went on to complete his half-century off just 22 deliveries. His brilliance meant South Africa were always ahead of the required run rate as Indian bowlers were kept under pressure.

Even though, India did manage to snare Klaasen and David Miller (5) in quick succession, Duminy (64 not out), who was playing a second fiddle to Klaasen earlier, took control and played a responsible knock to see his team through in 18.4 overs with Farhaan Behardien (16 not out) accompanying him.

The series is now level at 1-1 with the final game to be played in Cape Town on Saturday.

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