Kohli and Dhawan help India to a 7-wicket win against South Africa without breaking a sweat
Kohli has now become not only the highest run-scorer in T20Is with 2441 runs, going past Rohit Sharma's tally of 2434, but is the only batsman to average over 50 in all the three formats.
South Africa 149-5
India won by 7 wickets
Put in to bat, it was all about Quinton de Kock for South Africa. At one point in the powerplay, South Africa were 47-1, with de Kock having scored 37 of those. After a short lull, Temba Bavuma struck a six off Hardik Pandya which brought him into his own.
While de Kock notched up a half-century, Bavuma fell short by just one run on debut. Despite 16 runs off Navdeep Saini's last over, South Africa would have been disappointed with their effort of 149, 180 being the first-innings average score in Mohali.
Deepak Chahar impressed with two wickets at an economy of under six.
Rohit Sharma was the first to fall for India after dispatching Anrich Nortje for two scintillating sixes off pulls within the powerplay. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli then helped India to a comfortable position.
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After Dhawan and Rishabh Pant departed in quick succession, Shreyas Iyer played sensibly as Virat Kohli raced to another half-century, taking India to a seven-wicket win. Kohli has now become not only the highest run-scorer in T20Is with 2441 runs, going past Rohit Sharma's tally of 2434, but is the only batsman to average over 50 in all the three formats.
India can take a lot of positives from this match as it was an all-round performance from the hosts and one that would give them a lot of confidence going forward. South Africa's inexperience was clearly visible as they struggled for options with both bat and ball.
India- Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
South Africa- Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
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