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South Africa Vs India Live Score (T20)

Date: Thursday, 22 February, 2018 01:01 IST Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion Match Status: Match Ended

South Africa beat India by 6 wickets

  • Junior Dala was the standout bowler for them. JP Duminy too had a good outing with the ball but the rest just couldn't stop the onslaught. Right then, the surface has something in it for the bowlers and we saw the change in pace causing trouble. The Indians would be backing themselves to defend this down, given that they have done exceedingly well in the past. Will South Africa keep the series alive? We shall find out on the other side...
  • Then, the man who has been guilty of not playing to his potential made a statement. MS Dhoni played an innings of substance and gave the much-needed impetus towards the end. He and Pandey stitched an unbeaten 98-run stand and both scored their respective fifties. South Africa will be really disappointed again. They had India on the mat at 45/3 but once again squandered a good chance.
  • 103 runs from the last 10 overs and India have finished on a high in Centurion. With the chance of rain around, Duminy inserted India in to bat. He got a good start as Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli were sent back inside the Powerplay. Raina stayed there for a bit but couldn't last long. South Africa had their tails up and it seemed that they will restrict the visitors to a really low total but it just wasn't meant to be. The storm named Manish Pandey quelled all those thoughts as he tore the hosts' bowlers apart.
  • 19.6 Only a single. Straight to the man in the deep! INDIA FINISH WITH 188/4 ON THE BOARD! Full toss on the stumps, MS clears his front leg and heaves it powerfully towards deep mid-wicket where it is collected on the bounce by the fielder.
  • 19.5 In the air... Miller can't get to it. Lofts a length ball down to long off, David comes running in and dives but the ball doesn't carry to him. They run two as Miller recovers. Fifty for MS Dhoni! What a powerful knock by him. Can he finish it off in style?
  • 19.4 FOUR! Off the inner half but who cares! Fuller in length and angling in, Dhoni looks to heave it away but ekes out an inside edge which beats the man at short fine leg and races away. 15 already from the last over. Dhoni is on 49!
  • 19.3 FOUR! More runs! Dhoni is giving it all here. Swings at a fuller ball, gets it off the inner half through square leg to find the fence.
  • 19.2 SIX! What a hit! Back of a length delivery outside off, Dhoni stays out and powers it over extra cover for a maximum.
  • 19.1 Good length delivery on middle, a mistimed heave through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Dane Paterson to bowl the last over. How much more can India add?
  • 18.6 Good ball! Bowls a yorker on middle, Dhoni couldn't jam it out and it goes past his bat to the keeper. 170/4
  • 18.5 SIX! Was that dropped? Short ball, rising off the deck and hurrying on the batsman. Dhoni tries to fetch it from outside off but seems to have not got enough. The ball goes aerially towards deep mid-wicket where Dala fails to catch it. Seemed like the ball bursts off his fingers and went over the fence.
  • 18.4 Pandey makes room, Morris follows him and tucks him up for room that he wants. Mistimes the pull towards mid-wicket. Another single. Good over so far.
  • 18.3 Dhoni comes down the track to a slightly fuller ball and hammers it towards long on for just a single.
  • 18.2 FOUR! Played to perfection! Full toss, dipping in on middle, Dhoni doesn't miss out. He swings it over mid-wicket and finds the gap to swell the stand which is worth 72 from 46 balls.
  • 18.1 Nice length! Pinpoint yorker from Morris, Pandey jams it out past the bowler for one.
  • Chris Morris to bowl the penultimate over.
  • 17.6 Fuller delivery outside off, Dhoni tries to push it through covers but ends up playing it back to Dala. 11 from the over and with that Dala is done for the night. His figures read - 4-1-28-2! Brilliant job! 157/4
  • 17.5 Back of a length delivery outside off, cut away to sweeper cover for one.
  • 17.4 FOUR! Intelligent batting! Knew that the fielder is inside the circle so what does Manish do? Waits for the short ball to arrive, goes really deep in the crease and pulls it over short fine leg to pick up the second boundary of the over.
  • 17.3 Tries to use the pace and steer it away but finds the man at point.
  • 17.2 FOUR! Sliced away! On a back of a length outside off, Manish stands tall and at the last moment just opens the face of the bat. Ends up slicing it towards deep point and finds the fence in spite the dive from the fielder.
  • 17.1 Slower short ball outside off, Pandey gets down to swipe it but gets it off the top edge over square leg for a couple of runs.
  • Junior Dala to bowl the 18th over. He has been good today, can he break this stand?
  • 16.6 Backs away to a full length ball and smacks it down to long on but will get just a single. Another fruitful over for India as 13 came off it. 146/4
  • 16.5 Back of a length delivery outside off, steered away behind point for a single.
  • 16.4 Very full on the stumps, jammed down to long on for one.
  • 16.3 Hops back to another short ball and tucks it away towards the on side for one.
  • 16.2 FOUR! Edged but Dhoni will take it! Paterson cramps the batsman for room by keeping it short and close to the off stump. Dhoni looks to cut but gets it off the edge towards third man for another boundary. Brings up the 50-run stand as well. These two are doing it really well here.
  • 16.1 OVERTHROWS! Five bonus runs for India and it's Morris who gifts them! Pandey flat-bats it towards him at mid off and sets off. Chris has a shy at the bowler's end but misses and there is no one backing up either. The ball races away to the fence.
  • Another change as Dane Paterson comes back on.
  • 15.6 Nicely bowled! Arrows in a fuller delivery, angling in on middle, Pandey gets across and brings his bat down in time to flick it towards mid-wicket for a single to end the over. Good comeback after conceding a maximum on the first ball by Chris Morris. 133/4
  • 15.5 Dances down to a length ball but gets it off the high portion of the bat towards mid on. A single picked up.
  • 15.4 Bangs in a short one outside off, this was after seeing Dhoni giving the charge. The Indian keeper lets it sail over him to his counterpart.
  • 15.3 Fires in a yorker on middle and off, MP crouches low and squeezes it out towards point for a single.
  • 15.2 Tries to steal a single by opening the bat face but gets foxed with the slowness of the ball.
  • 15.1 SIX! Out of the park! On a length, it's right in the arc for the half centurion. Pandey waits back and smokes it high and handsome over the deep mid-wicket fence to welcome Morris back with a biggie.
  • Chris Morris to bowl his third over now. Bowled a maiden to start his spell and then went to 20 in the next one. What will he do now?
  • 14.6 Gets to his 2nd T20I fifty with a single through covers. Well played, Manish! Was a bit slow to start off but seems to have gotten his eye in now. Needs to finish well for his team now. 124/4
  • 14.5 Phehlukwayo taking away all the pace, bowls it around leg, Dhoni clips it towards the man at 45 and runs one.
  • 14.4 Slower length ball outside off, MP waits on the back foot and slaps it through cover-point to move on to 49!
  • 14.3 Hops a bit to a back of a length delivery and steers it behind point for a single.
  • 14.2 Fuller ball outside off, MS drives it in the gap at covers and calls for two right away. Manish responds and they get it easily in the end. Good running!
  • 14.1 Good length delivery, angling in on middle, Dhoni comes down the track and wrists it towards long on for a couple of runs.
  • Andile Phehlukwayo is back.
  • 13.6 Drops it a bit short, clipped through square leg for one more. 19 runs from the last two overs. 116/4
  • 13.5 Uses his feet to a fuller ball and milks a single down to long on.
  • 13.4 Smuts sees Manish giving the charge and hence drags his length back smartly. The batsman could only punch it back to the bowler who throws it back at the stumps.
  • 13.3 Taps it away towards mid-wicket and scampers through to the other end.
  • 13.2 SIX! Clean strike! Flighted delivery around middle and off, Dhoni skips down the track and belts it clean as a whistle over Smuts' head for a maximum. Off the meat stuff!
  • 13.1 Dances down the track and lofts it on the bounce to the long on fielder for just one.
  • 12.6 Slower bumper, it's a well-directed one, Dhoni looks to fend it away but gets it off the gloves which dies down beside the pitch. 106/4
  • 12.5 Dhoni opens the face of the bat and guides it to the point fielder.
  • 12.4 Bowls a cutter on middle and leg and fuller in length, milked down towards long on for one.
  • 12.3 FOUR! Top edge and another boundary results! Short of a length ball outside off, Pandey looks to hoick it across the line but gets it off the top edge down to third man and finds the fence again.
  • 12.2 FOUR! Finds the gap again! Waits for the short ball and smites it powerfully over mid-wicket for a boundary. Moves into the 40s as well. 100 comes up for India with that too.
  • 12.1 Dala bowls a length delivery on off, Pandey comes down the track but has no room to work with. Punches it back to the bowler who sticks his right hand out and makes a diving stop.
  • 11.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 97/4
  • 11.5 Floated delivery outside off, Manish makes room and square drives it past the diving cover-point fielder for a brace.
  • 11.4 Shimmies down the track a bit and flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 11.3 Flatter ball on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 11.2 Uses his feet and wrists it down to long on to get off strike.
  • 11.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Jon-Jon Smuts is brought in to bowl.
  • 10.6 Inside edge! On a length and closer to the off stump, Dhoni goes at it with hard hands but gets an inside edge which evades the stumps and goes to fine leg before the keeper mops it up. A successful over from Andile. 92/4
  • 10.5 Fuller ball on middle and off, MS drives it straight to mid on.
  • MS Dhoni steps out to bat next, replacing Raina.
  • 10.4 OUT! Got him... Andile Phehlukwayo strikes just at the right time for his side. Keeps it full on the stumps, Raina gets low and across to play the paddle shot but misses to get rapped on the pads. Andile keeps appealing and appeals till he gets a positive nod from the umpire. Suresh walks towards his partner, thinks of the review but his partner is not too keen. Raina walks back. It seems like it would have gone on to hit the stumps. One can say, that attempted shot was needless by the southpaw with Pandey going great guns from the other end.
  • It's has started to rain. Not that heavy at the moment but let's keep our fingers crossed...
  • 10.3 FOUR! Welcome boundary for Raina! Steps out of the crease to a length ball and lifts it inside out over extra cover for a one-bounce boundary.
  • 10.2 Looks to steer it away but doesn't make any contact.
  • 10.1 Starts his spell with a length delivery, Manish is cramped for room but still manages to flick it away for a single through square leg.
  • Andile Phehlukwayo is brought into the attack now.
  • 9.6 Drops it short on middle, it's the googly, Pandey pulls it over mid-wicket which goes on the bounce to the fielder there. 19 runs coming from the chinaman's over. India getting a move on as the stand between these two has raced to forty now. 85/3
  • 9.5 SIX! Killer of a shot that is! Manish Pandey is taking Shamsi for a ride here! Quicker fuller ball at over 90 kph, doesn't matter for Pandey as he gets down and gives it a full thwack across the line. Makes good connection and deposits it over deep mid-wicket for back-to-back biggies.
  • 9.4 SIX! Banggg! Manish Pandey has nailed it! Sees the flight and decides to go after it. Swings cleanly at it and clears the dee mid-wicket fence with ease for a maximum.
  • 9.3 Tossed up outside off, Manish goes back to cut as the length was short but he gets an edge which falls short of the man at short third man.
  • 9.2 Goes back to this flatter one and turns it behind square on the leg side for a couple of runs.
  • 9.1 FOUR! Shouts of catch it but there is no one there! Shackles broken, says Pommie on air. Floated delivery around middle and leg, Pandey clears the front leg and looks for the mighty slog. Gets it off the inner half over deep square leg for a boundary to start the over.
  • 8.6 Shortish on middle, Pandey comes down the track and pulls it towards wide long on to keep strike. 66/3
  • 8.5 FOUR! Edged but they all count! A much-needed one for India! Back of a length delivery, with a bit of extra bounce. Pandey makes room to steer it away but gets a thick edge which flies down to the third man fence for a boundary.
  • 8.4 Fuller ball on middle and leg, flicked off the inner half through square leg for a single.
  • 8.3 Had Miller hit, Pandey would have been gone by a distance! Manish drives it towards mid off and sets off. David picks up the ball and has a shy but misses. Manish had already given up. Chance goes down. Can Manish Pandey make most of this life?
  • 8.2 On a length and holds its line, Pandey looks to steer it away but fails to get any wood on it. It dies in front of the keeper.
  • 8.1 Good length ball outside off, Raina pushes it away towards covers and takes the single.
  • 7.6 Bowls it a touch wider on off, it's the wrong one, Pandey looks to push that away but gets it off the inside edge back to the bowler. Good start from Shamsi as well. 58/3
  • 7.5 Loops it up around middle and leg, Raina gets down to go big but misses. The ball goes off the pads towards the leg side. They cross for a leg bye as the keeper mops it up.
  • 7.4 Quicker through the air outside off, Suresh goes back to punch but mistimes it back to Shamsi.
  • 7.3 Flicks it through the leg side for a single.
  • 7.2 Floated delivery around middle, Pandey gets down to play the slog but the ball turns in and takes the inner half. Races away through mid-wicket but good effort in the deep again means that they will have to settle for only two.
  • 7.1 Starts with a flatter ball outside off, slapped through point for a single.
  • Tabraiz Shamsi to roll his arm over.
  • 6.6 Good stop, Dala! Raina heaves a tossed up ball across the line and it seems like a boundary but Junior in the deep mid-wicket region hares across to his left and puts it a dive to save two for his side. Duminy has bowled another good over here, 13 in 2 for him with a wicket of Dhawan. 53/3
  • 6.6 Wide! Tossed up around middle and leg, Manish looks to flick but it turns away and the keeper takes the bails off. No appeal as Pandey's foot was always in.
  • 6.5 Worked away through backward square leg for one more.
  • 6.4 Goes around the wicket and tosses it up around middle and leg, clipped away through mid on for another single.
  • 6.3 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads. They pick up a single.
  • 6.2 Turning in from a length, pulled down to long on by Manish for one.
  • 6.1 Loopy ball outside off, driven down to long off for a single.
  • 5.6 Wicket maiden for Junior Dala to end the Powerplay! Stunning from him. Lands it on a length outside off, Pandey defends it towards the cover fielder. 45/3
  • 5.5 Back of a length outside off, Manish taps it in front of cover-point. 5 dots, can he finish it with a maiden?
  • 5.4 Manish eases the drive straight to mid off.
  • Manish Pandey is in next.
  • 5.3 OUT! Virat Kohli comes and leaves early. Big, big wicket for the hosts! Sunil Gavaskar on air says, South Africa haven't seen the back of this man often on this tour and will be really elated now. Dala is really pumped up, as he gets his second of the evening. Hurls it on a back of a length and gets it to straighten a touch with some extra bounce. Kohli gets back to probably steer it away but the ball takes some parts of his gloves and settles into Klaasen's mitts. Now then, can South Africa capitalize on this excellent beginning? They have got a real chance as they have nipped out the top three Indian batsmen who have hurt them big time.
  • 5.2 Good length delivery outside off, Kohli steers it with an angled bat towards backward point.
  • 5.1 On a length and outside off, stabbed off the back foot towards the cover fielder.
  • Junior Dala is back on.
  • 4.6 Tossed up ball outside off, Raina eases it towards cover-point. A good first over from JP after getting hit for a boundary on the first ball of the over. 45/2
  • 4.5 Darts it around leg, Raina fails to put it away and gets hit on the pads.
  • 4.4 Kohli gets going with a wristed shot down to long on. One run added to the total.
  • 4.3 Floated delivery outside off, pushed towards mid off.
  • Virat Kohli is the new man in, replacing Dhawan.
  • 4.2 OUT! Wicket off a full toss! Would you believe it? Duminy will be thanking his stars as you don't deserve a wicket on this sort of a delivery. Doles out a full toss, Shikhar dances down the track and hits it hard but fails to clear the in-field. Spoons a simple catch to Farhaan Behardien who backtracks a bit at mid on. He coped a blow a while back and is seen walking off the field after the catch. This isn't good for his side but for now, they can celebrate as they got rid of dangerous Dhawan.
  • 4.1 FOUR! Pummeled! Duminy drops it short to begin with, Dhawan is quick to rock back and pull it over mid-wicket for a boundary to welcome the opposition skipper.
  • Chris Morris is taken out of the attack and JP Duminy replaces him. This is interesting move from the skipper.
  • 3.6 FOUR! This is poor bowling from Paterson, concedes 12 off his first over! Drifts it on the pads, Raina gets inside the line and clips it down to fine leg for back-to-back boundaries. India are off to a flying start! 40/1
  • 3.5 FOUR! Whipped away! Gets a fuller delivery on the pads, Raina just whips it over mid-wicket to find the fence.
  • 3.4 That must have hurt! Raina backs away to a length delivery and slams it really hard towards Behardien at mid off who gets a bad bounce and the ball hits him near the box. Not good for anyone!
  • 3.3 FOUR! Nicely done! Back of a length delivery, wider on off, Raina makes some room and steers it with an open bat face behind point for a boundary.
  • 3.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 3.1 Length ball outside off, defended back to Paterson.
  • Dane Paterson is brought into the attack.
  • 2.6 Tries to flick this fuller length delivery but misses to wear it on the pads. Big over from Morris, my colleague says, has Morris nullified the maiden over that he bowled to start the match? Indeed, he has. 28/1
  • 2.5 SIX! What a massive hit that is! Maybe, this was the slower one from Morris to deceive Dhawan but the southpaw gave it back in some style. Waits and then picks the bones outta that one to send it high and long way back over the fine leg fence. 20 already from the over.
  • 2.4 Another delivery on leg, Dhawan tries clipping it away but gets it off the pads towards the right side of the keeper.
  • 2.3 FOUR! 14 from the first three balls! A bit short, this time on the other side of the wicket. Shikhar gets back and cracks it square on the off side. Finds the gap and in spite of the fielder giving it a chase, the ball finds the fence.
  • 2.2 SIX! More runs! It's gone the distance! Another short ball on middle and leg, Dhawan swivels and just help/pulls it over backward square leg for a maximum, first one of the match.
  • 2.1 FOUR! Shot! Dhawan was kept quiet in the previous over but not anymore. Gets back to a short ball and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary to open his tally.
  • 1.6 Fuller delivery on the stumps, Suresh drives it past mid off. The outfield isn't the quickest due to the rain and hence they will get only a couple. 8 runs off the over with a wicket from it. 8/1
  • 1.5 Defended off the back foot comfortably.
  • 1.4 FOUR! Edged and through! Dala slants it away on a length around off, it straightens a bit off the pitch. Raina looks to poke at it and gets a thick edge which flies wide of the man at second slip for a streaky boundary.
  • 1.3 Raina and India are away! Pushes the length ball through cover-point and gets a brace.
  • 1.2 Raina taps it in front of cover, wants to get off the mark but is rightly sent back by Dhawan.
  • Suresh Raina is the new man in, replacing Sharma. He didn't have a good outing in his comeback game. Can he redeem himself today?
  • 1.1 OUT! Rohit Sharma walks back for a golden duck! Dala is up and running here. He has struck on the very first ball. What a start! He was the one who removed Rohit in the first game and does so again. Bowls a length delivery on middle and it moves off the surface and stays a bit low too. Rohit is a little late in getting his bat down and gets struck on the pads. A loud appeal and the umpire raises his finger. They talk about the review but Rohit doesn't opt for one and continues his way back to the pavilion. Good call, as he was a dead duck, showed the replays.
  • Junior Dala to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Yes, he does! A maiden to start off for Morris! Low full toss, dipping in on off, pushed towards the cover fielder. Superb start for South Africa. 0/0
  • 0.5 Back of a length delivery, in the channel on off, Dhawan is happy to make a leave. 5 dots, can Morris finish the over with a maiden?
  • 0.4 Another inside edge! Dhawan is just not able to get underway. Morris bowls an inswinger to which Shikhar tries to play across the line. Ekes out another inside edge on the pads.
  • 0.3 A shout for another LBW! On a back of a length and getting it to curl back in, Dhawan tries to heave it across the line but misses to get hit on the pads. It was sliding down leg.
  • 0.2 Good length delivery around middle and leg, Shikhar looks to flick it away but gets an inside edge on the pads as the ball rolls away towards the off side.
  • 0.1 INSIDE EDGE! The celebrations have been cut short for the hosts! But what a delivery from Chris! He starts off from over the wicket and drops it on a length around middle. It jags back in to ping Dhawan on the pads right in front of the stumps. Morris appeals and the umpire raises his finger. Dhawan quickly takes the DRS. The front foot is fine but Ultra Edge shows a big fat spike as the ball passes the bat. That is enough to change the on-field call.
  • Has Morris struck on the first ball? Dhawan has been ruled out LBW but he was quick to take the DRS. Is there an inside edge?
  • It's done and dusted. After the completion of the national anthems we are all set to get underway. It's a bit gloomy out there and the pacers will be licking their lips to have a crack at the batsmen. The players and umpires take their positions. Out walk the two openers - Rohit Sharam and Shikhar Dhawan. Local lad, Chris Morris will start off with the bowling proceedings. He has a couple of slips in place..
  • Time for the national anthems. It will be India's first followed by South Africa's.
  • PITCH REPORT - Shaun Pollock says the wicket looks worse for wear. Adds that with the conditions being a bit overcast, the ball will move around. Spots the pitch has lost its sheen which it used to have. Further says it's a nice and hard wicket with a little bit of grass being trimmed away. Opines there are a few cracks but they aren't that threatening. States the pacers will get some purchase but it's still a good batting wicket.
  • India skipper, Virat Kohli says the toss isn't in anyone's control. Feels the wicket to remain the same throughout the course of the game. Adds they have played good cricket so far and once again have got the job on their hands today. Informs Bumrah has got some abdomen stiffness and Shardul Thakur is replacing him. Wants to capitalize on the momentum and seal the series today.
  • South Africa skipper, JP Duminy says with the rain around, they have decided to bowl again. Feels there might be a bit of swing due to the overcast conditions. Informs they are playing with the same XI. States it's a must-win game for them and they are treating it as a semifinal.
  • Toss - Virat Kohli calls it wrong again. South Africa win the toss and elect to bowl for the obvious reason - Rain!
  • India and their dominance over the Proteas in the limited-overs have been the talk for quite a while now. The Men in Blue have been ruthless and today they would be looking to seal the series. South Africa have got their task cut out and will have to play out of their skins to draw level. Will they be able to topple the visitors today or will it be yet another one-sided affair? Shaun Pollock is alongside the two skippers for the toss...
  • The news from the Centurion wasn't the greatest a while back as it was pouring due to which the game the women's game was abandoned. But the dark angry clouds have blown away and we are likely to get a full-fledged game. Let's hope that it doesn't intervene. Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second T20I between South Africa and India.

South Africa Vs India Live Score (T20) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • Thanks to this win, the last match on this tour for India won't be a dead rubber. Both teams have equal chance of winning this series now. One can look at it this way - South Africa won the Test series, India won the ODIs; so whoever will win this one will boast of winning the contest 2-1. Do join us on Saturday at 1800 local (1600 GMT) for the all-important game in Cape Town. Until then, it's goodbye from us. Cheers!
  • Victorious South Africa captain, JP Duminy is delighted with the win and hopes to take the momentum into the next game. Praises his bowlers for a good show in the Powerplay, although they lost way in the last 5. He is satisfied with the way they batted and is thrilled with the performance of Heinrich Klaasen. Feels to be ahead on the DL method gave them the extra push to be right up with their scoring rate and it helped them to bat with freedom. On the shorter boundaries, he smiles and comments that they tried to make the batsmen hit towards the longer part of the ground. Hopes to put up a spectacle in the final T20I.
  • Man of the Match, Heinrich Klaasen is all smiles and considers it a special feeling to do at his home ground. Adds that they didn't get this type of surface and is glad to get one today. Mentions that they wanted to put the Indian bowlers under pressure. Also says that, he is feeling comfortable with his game at the moment and is enjoying his cricket.
  • India skipper, Virat Kohli feels it was a tough one for the bowlers. Praises Manish Pandey and Suresh Raina for their knocks and also mentions about Dhoni's impactful innings. Believes the constant drizzle made it tough for the bowlers to grip the ball. Considers it a tough day for them and commends the knocks of Klaasen and Duminy. When asked whether he felt that the umpires should have taken the players off the field, the Indian skipper replies that either it had to happen in the first innings and when it didn't happen it's fair to carry on in the second innings, considers it good for the spectators. Adds that it was not a case of shorter boundary and reiterates that the wet conditions didn't help them. Signs off by saying that they are looking forward to the last match.
  • Nothing much to talk about India's bowling and believe me that's been a rarity on this tour. All their bowlers struggled to stop the run flow and pick wickets at regular intervals. Against Klaasen specially, they looked completely out of sorts. Yuzvendra Chahal was a marked man tonight. Went for aplenty and Heinrich Klaasen showed extra affinity towards him - Hammered 41 off 12 balls at a strike rate of 341.66. Carnage.
  • Now, let's talk about the class of Heinrich Klaasen. What a find he has been for the home team! The chase as usual stuttered early on once they lost their openers but the wicketkeeper batsman got a promotion in the batting order and he grabbed it with both hands. He snatched the drifting momentum by the scruff of the neck and forced it back in his side's favour. His 69 off 30 balls was studded with 7 sixes which shows the magnitude of his knock. Not to forget the role of skipper JP Duminy, who had no issues in playing second fiddle to Klaasen. But once he departed, JP took the onus on himself and along with Farhaan Behardien finished off the chase with 8 balls to spare. The winning shot and his huge roar summed up how badly he and his team needed this win.
  • Gone are the days when the rain and Duckworth-Lewis method used to hamper South Africa's progress. First at the Bullring in the ODIs and now here in Centurion, the Proteas have done something unimaginable. In fact, the threat of rain powered South Africa's chase. The approach they adopted to be on par with the DL method helped their scoring rate immensely and eventually they ended on the right side of the result.
  • Stop the press! Stop whatever you're doing. South Africa have managed to win a game. Shocked? Even we are. But one cannot take anything away from their effort. Have you seen a spring? You can push it down and down and down, and then there comes a moment when it bounces back. Something of similar sorts happened with the Proteas. They were down and out, under the cosh, written off and all of a sudden, boom...they emerged victorious! From the series point of view, it's now on level terms and makes the final T20I something to look forward to...
  • 18.4 SIX! Here it is! JP Duminy has finished it off in style! Unadkat delivers it on a fuller length, in line of the stumps, JP clears his front leg and deposits it over long on for a maximum. The skipper roars in delight. SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 6 WICKETS with more than one over to spare! Also, this is now the highest run chase in Centurion.
  • 18.3 SIX! Boom! Unadkat probably attempts for the yorker but it has gone horribly wrong. Ends up being a full toss, JP gives the charge and pumps it over mid-wicket for a maximum. One more such blow needed.
  • 18.2 Flashes and flashes hard! Width on offer outside off, Farhaan throws his bat at it and edges it down to third man for one.
  • 18.2 Wide! Loses his radar completely and bowls it way wide outside off, Behardien leaves it.
  • 18.1 Runs in from around the wicket and angles in a back of a length ball outside off. Behardien swings and gets it away from the inner half of the bat. It races through square leg for a couple.
  • Jaydev Unadkat is back on.
  • 17.6 FOUR! Duminy reaches his 10th T20I fifty in a streaky manner. A length ball around leg, JP swings his bat and inside edges it past the stumps and the keeper for a boundary at fine leg. 16 needed off 12! 173/4
  • 17.5 Short and pulled across the line for a single.
  • 17.4 In the! Full and wide outside off, Duminy lofts it over covers and it goes on one drop to Kumar in the deep. Should have gone for the catch, many would think. A single added.
  • 17.3 The batsman drives this through the covers. One run added to the total.
  • 17.2 Shortish and around off, Behardien shuffles across and nudges it to fine leg for a couple.
  • 17.1 Duminy plays a pull shot to this short delivery. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • Shardul Thakur is back on.
  • 16.6 Helps it in front of square leg and collects a single. 7 from the over without taking any risk. 26 off 18! 163/4
  • 16.5 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 16.4 Good length ball on middle, Duminy flicks it gently through mid-wicket and scampers back for the second run. Doing it risk free.
  • 16.3 Short and outside off, cut to point where Pandey misfielded and they run a single.
  • 16.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
  • 16.1 Width on offer outside off, JP steers it through point and returns for the second run.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back on. 33 needed off 24 balls.
  • 15.6 DROPPED! When it's not your day, it's not your day. Tossed up ball on middle, Behardien is deceived in flight and lofts his shot straight back. It goes through Chahal's hands towards long off. A couple to end the over. 13 from it, 0/64, overall runs conceded by the leggie. Really a forgetful night. 156/4
  • 15.6 Wide! Way wide outside off, short in length, Behardien chases and misses.
  • 15.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 15.4 SIX! Tonk! It was a biggie the moment it left his bat. Flighted and full, right in the arc for the batsman, Farhaan kneels and nails his slog sweep. It goes in the crowd sitting on the grass banks.
  • 15.3 Flighted again, landing outside leg, a strange attempt, Behardien doesn't offer any shot and wears it on his body.
  • 15.2 Stumping chance missed! Oh dear... Wasn't easy but Dhoni is known to make impossible possible. A flighted leg spinner landing on middle, Duminy advances down the track but fails to put bat on ball. It brushes his pads and goes behind. Dhoni tries to collect the ball by going low but fails. They cross for a leg bye.
  • 15.1 FOUR! Poor delivery and Dhoni screams in anguish. Short and wide outside off, Duminy attacks it with all his might and bludgeons it through covers for a boundary.
  • Chahal returns for his final over. That's a big chance taken by Kohli.
  • 14.6 Short again, well-directed, Duminy pulls it down to fine leg for a run. A terrific over by Pandya, 6 runs and a wicket from it! 142/4
  • Farhaan Behardien is in next.
  • 14.5 OUT! Pandya delivers for India, Miller holes out! Big moment in this match. A short ball around off, David tries to wheel a pull shot but gets a top edge. It flies down to fine leg where Thakur moves forward to take the catch safely. 48 needed from 31 balls. This is getting close now.
  • 14.4 A touch short in length on middle, Miller helps it through mid-wicket and collects a couple.
  • Here comes the rain. South Africa are ahead on the DLS method.
  • 14.3 An attempted yorker, reaches the batsman on the full, Duminy forces it down to long on for one.
  • 14.2 A little bit of width on offer outside off, Miller eases it down to third man for a run.
  • 14.1 Gently works a length ball on the leg side, in front of square leg and they cross.
  • Hardik Pandya is back on, replacing Chahal who is having a forgetful evening, 0/51 in 3 overs.
  • 13.6 Once again it's on the shorter side around middle, JP clips it to backward square leg for a run. 136/3
  • 13.5 Back of a length delivery on off, 127 kph, tapped to point for a run.
  • 13.5 Wide for height! Bouncer which goes over the head of the batsman.
  • 13.4 Slower length ball on off, Duminy helps it on the leg side and looks for a run. A slight hesitation shown by Miller initially but then he responds. Unadkat reaches the ball but misses his shy at the striker's end. Had he hit, Miller would have been a goner.
  • 13.3 Gets back and plays it in the gap at point for one.
  • 13.2 Turns it off his pads to the leg side but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
  • David Miller is the new batsman.
  • 13.1 OUT! Against the run of play, India have a wicket, that too, a big one. Heinrich Klaasen is on his way back to the pavilion. Unadkat returns in the attack and angles in a slower length ball in line of the stumps. Klaasen backs away to swing it over the leg side but fails to get proper connection. It takes a thin edge to the keeper and Dhoni makes no mistake. They appeal and the finger goes up. What a knock by Heinrich, he has put South Africa on the front foot! Also, the 93-run stand off 49 balls is over. Carnage.
  • 12.6 SIX! Duminy joins the party! Sits down on one knee and slog sweeps it with the spin. All the way it goes over mid-wicket for half a dozen. They have targeted the leggie here and it has paid off. 23 from this over, 39 in last two of Chahal. 58 needed off 42 balls. 131/2
  • 12.5 The batsman goes after this one but misses the line completely.
  • 12.4 Quicker delivery, flat and short around leg, Klaasen gets back to heave it over the leg side but it takes the inside edge and ricochets off the pads to point. A single taken.
  • 12.3 FOUR! Klaasen is putting on a show! This time he brings out the reverse-batted shot and goes with the spin. Makes sweet connection and clears the point fielder inside the ring.
  • 12.2 SIX! Chahal switches to over the wicket but it doesn't matter. The length is on the shorter side and Klaasen powers his pull over mid-wicket for a biggie.
  • 12.1 SIX! Out of here! Chahal tries his luck from round the wicket. Bowls it full and around leg, Klaasen picks it up and smokes it over mid-wicket for a maximum. There was a certain amount of arrogance in this shot.
  • 11.6 Works a length ball from around off to deep square leg and rushes back for the second run. A weak throw reaches to the bowler who is not at all impressed. Kohli is also livid with the effort. Pressure on India. 81 needed from 48! 108/2
  • 11.5 Pitches it full and outside off, Heinrich drives it down to long off for a run.
  • 11.4 Another swing and a miss by Klaasen. He needs to calm down a bit. Things are under control at the moment.
  • 11.3 Play and a miss! Pandya slants in a length ball around middle and leg, Klaasen makes space and tries to swing it over the leg side. He misses and the keeper collects the ball. Pandya appeals while Klaasen is outside the crease in search of a run. He is sent back as Dhoni misses his shy.
  • 11.2 FOUR! Fine shot! Reaches his maiden T20I fifty in style, off just 22 balls. A short in length ball on middle and leg, Klaasen gets inside the line and pulls it over short fine leg for a boundary. What a knock this has been!
  • 11.1 Angles it away from the batsman, on a length, Duminy guides it to third man and crosses.
  • Hardik Pandya is back.
  • 10.6 100 up for South Africa! Flighted and outside off, Duminy drove it to long off for a run. 16 from the over! 100/2
  • 10.5 Advances down the track and forces a full ball down to long on for one.
  • 10.4 SIX! That's brutal! The home lad is in the mood. Shapes up for the reverse-batted shot even before the bowler has delivered. It turns out to be a low full toss in his half and he absolutely blazes it over point for a biggie.
  • 10.3 Flighted and full outside off, driven towards extra cover for a single. A needless shy at the non-striker's end, it hit the stumps and deflected in the deep. No extra run taken.
  • 10.2 Flatter and shorter on middle, a mistimed punch down to long off for a run.
  • 10.1 FOUR! Lovely hit! Chahal does everything right to follow the batsman down the leg side but Klaasen has shown his class there. He still manages to loft it with the spin and clears the rope at covers. 50-run stand comes up!
  • Yuzvendra Chahal is back on. India scored 103 in the last 10, South Africa need two more than that for a win.
  • 9.6 Drops it on a length around off, Klaasen goes hard at it and gets it away off the inside edge. It speeds through square leg for a run. Just 4 from the over, a good one for India. We have reached the halfway mark, India were 85/3 at this stage. Neck and neck at the moment. 84/2
  • 9.5 Straighter in line, helped towards short fine leg where Unadkat made a diving stop. A single taken.
  • 9.4 Delivers it very full and on middle, Klaasen swings his bat and gets an inside edge. It runs down to fine leg for one.
  • 9.3 Shortish and outside off, cut from the back foot to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 9.2 Howzzat? Back of a length delivery on middle, Duminy tries to work it on the leg side but misses. It goes past him making some noise and the Indian fielders make noise after that while appealing for a catch. Nothing from the umpire again. Brushed his pads, the replays confirm.
  • 9.1 Lands it on a full length outside off, Duminy drives it off his front foot to covers.
  • Shardul Thakur returns.
  • 8.6 FOUR! Klaasen is playing a blinder here. Short in length around middle, Heinrich makes space and spanks it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 80/2
  • 8.5 Follows the batsman down the leg side, fuller in length, Klaasen hits it down the ground to wide long on and scampers back for the second run. JP nearly tumbled while turning for the second.
  • 8.4 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 8.3 Appeal only from the bowler, the umpire remains unmoved. A length ball around leg, angling away, Duminy gets across to work it on the leg side but misses. It brushes his pads on its way to Dhoni and Pandya chirps in appeal. Nothing doing. Replays show, it pitched outside leg.
  • Drizzle has stopped. Mid off is coming in.
  • 8.2 Grunts and lets out a back of a length delivery on top of the off stump, Klaasen runs it down to third man for a run.
  • 8.2 Wide called for height! Pandya senses the charge from the batsman and digs in a short ball. Klaasen sways away at the last moment. Good take by Dhoni.
  • 8.1 A length ball around leg, Duminy turns it behind square leg and jogs across to the other end.
  • 7.6 Slower through the air, on middle, Duminy moves back and nudges it towards square leg for a single. 70/2
  • 7.5 Flighted on middle, eased down to long on for one. South Africa are ahead now on the DL count.
  • 7.4 Chahal still shows the heart to toss it up. Lands it full on off, Heinrich tries slogging again but gets a top edge down to third man. A couple taken. South Africa are on par now.
  • 7.3 SIX! A flighted full ball on middle, this time Klaasen clears his front leg and muscles his heave over mid-wicket for a biggie. He has the license to go after the leggie here.
  • 7.2 Tossed up ball on middle, Duminy jumps out of the crease and hits it with the spin through mid-wicket for one. 68 is the par score after this over. Can SA get there?
  • 7.1 Loopy full ball on middle, Klaasen tries slogging across the line but ends up dragging it off the inner half of the bat. It races to deep mid-wicket and they take a run.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal it is.
  • 6.6 Edged but safe! On a length and outside off, Klaasen throws his bat at it and gets it away off the outside edge. It loops in the air towards third man, Thakur runs across to his right, didn't charge forward and collects it on one bounce. A run taken to end the over, 8 from it. 58/2
  • 6.5 Back of a length delivery on middle, Duminy fails to work it around and it goes behind off his thigh pad. Wide of the keeper and they steal a leg bye.
  • 6.4 Wicket to wicket line, on a length, Klaasen pushes it towards mid off and pinches a run.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal is warming up.
  • 6.3 On a length around middle, slower in pace, Duminy tickles it through backward square leg for one.
  • 6.2 Beaten! Back of a length delivery outside off, once again width on offer, Duminy rather than hitting it through the line, tries playing the cross-batted heave. Fails to connect.
  • 6.1 FOUR! Pandya is welcomed with a boundary. A poor delivery, short and wide outside off, Duminy latches onto it and whacks it through backward point for a boundary.
  • Hardik Pandya is brought into the attack.
  • 5.6 Either a six or a miss! That's what happened in this over. A slower one outside off, the keeper batsman is deceived as he swishes and misses. 12 from the over! 50/2
  • 5.5 SIX! That's a mighty hit! Four needed at the end of this over for South Africa to stay on par with the DL method. Good length ball angling into the batsman, around off, Klaasen chances his arms and sends it packing over mid-wicket for a maximum.
  • 5.4 Another slower one, a leg cutter outside off, Heinrich attempts to run it down but misses.
  • 5.3 Slower one outside off, staying low, Klaasen pokes at it and misses.
  • 5.2 SIX! Shot! Right from the middle of the bat. Unadkat delivers it short and it sits up at a nice height for the batsman. Klaasen positions himself nicely inside the crease and smashes it over mid-wicket for half a dozen.
  • 5.1 Play and a miss! A length ball outside off, Klaasen pushes at it and misses. Stayed a bit low too.
  • Heinrich Klaasen is in next.
  • 4.6 OUT! This will hurt South Africa's chances, they are behind by 9 runs as per the DL method now. A good length ball around off, Hendricks swings his bat across the line but mistimes his shot in the air towards deep mid-wicket. A simple catch for Hardik Pandya in the deep. That was a knuckle ball, shows the replay. The Indian bowlers are using this variation to good effect of late. 38/2
  • 4.6 Wide! Thakur goes short but bowls it way wide outside off. Hendricks allows it through.
  • Rain is getting heavy.
  • 4.5 FOUR! This will help! Slower ball, angling into the batsman around middle and leg, Reeza tries heaving it over the leg side but gets an outside edge down to third man.
  • 4.4 Hits a length ball down to mid on for a run. Need to be 42 at this stage, as per DLS method. Still behind.
  • 4.3 Once again a slower delivery has been worked in the gap at backward square leg. Two taken. Are they playing for the DL target?
  • 4.2 Slower one this time, on the pads, it's nudged through backward square leg for a brace.
  • 4.1 FOUR! JP making his intentions clear. A length ball around off, Duminy sizes his hitting area and muscles it over mid on for a boundary.
  • 3.6 Beaten! Good length delivery outside off, Hendricks pushes at it but it stays low and beats the inside edge. 9 runs but more importantly a wicket from it for India. 24/1
  • JP Duminy in at number 3.
  • 3.5 OUT! Clever change in pace and JJ Smuts is completely fooled. An off pace delivery, a little short around off, 117 kph, Smuts attacks forward, tries to play a cross-batted shot but realizes very late that the ball is coming at him quite slowly. He is already halfway through and then tries to pull out. Fails to do so as the ball takes the top edge and balloons in the air. Raina comes running forward at covers and completes the catch. Good comeback by Unadkat. India draw first blood.
  • 3.4 Stays round the wicket for Smuts as well. Delivers it on a length around off, JJ attempts to power it over the leg side, fails to middle his shot and ends up pushing it towards mid on.
  • 3.3 Unadkat changes his angle and comes from round the wicket. Bowls a back of a length delivery, around off, Hendricks rises on his back leg and steers it past backward point for a single.
  • 3.2 FOUR! Is this the over for South Africa? This time Unadkat is on the shorter side outside off, begging to be hit and Reeza through his lovely hands puts it away through cover-point.
  • 3.1 FOUR! Up and over! Not in control though. It's bowled on a length around off, Hendricks tries to play a lofted shot through the line but ends up slicing it off the edge over point.
  • Jaydev Unadkat comes into the attack.
  • 2.6 On a length and just around off, Smuts punches it back to the bowler. 11 from Bhuvi's over. 15/0
  • 2.5 RH steers it past the man at point to get to the other end.
  • 2.4 FOUR! Top shot! Bowls a knuckle ball, it's full on middle and leg, Reeza picks it up and hits it down over mid on for a boundary.
  • 2.3 JJ gets back and works it through the leg side for a single.
  • 2.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 2.1 FOUR! First boundary for SA! On a length and just outside off, Hendricks looks to cut it away but gets it off the edge over backward point. The man in the deep gets to the ball but makes a meal out it to to concede a boundary.
  • 1.6 Once again Smuts is in two minds! Sees the short ball and tries to pull it away but at the last moment changes his mind and drops his wrists to leave it alone in the end. Silent start for the hosts. 4/0
  • 1.5 On a length and outside off, it stays a touch low too and foxes the batsman completely. Good start for Thakur.
  • 1.4 Reeza knocks it towards Unadkat at mid on and calls through for a single. The India pacer has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
  • 1.3 Length ball on middle and leg, worked away through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 1.2 Shortish ball outside off, Smuts initially decides to go for the pull but then drops his wrists at the last moment to make a leave.
  • 1.1 Starts off with a good length ball on the pads, Reeza gets inside the line and tucks it away towards fine leg for one.
  • Shardul Thakur to share the new ball with Kumar.
  • 0.6 On a back of a length outside off, Smuts punches it towards cover but fails to get it through the gap. Just a single from the first over. South Africa started with a maiden, almost a similar start. 1/0
  • 0.5 South Africa are underway. Hendricks pats a length ball towards cover and calls through. Kumar goes after it, turns and has a shy at his end but misses.
  • 0.4 This is tidy stuff from Kumar! He lands it on a length, closer to the off stump channel, Hendricks tries to dab it away but the misses. It wasn't far away from kissing the outside edge.
  • 0.3 Taps this length delivery away on the off side. Wants a single but won't get it.
  • 0.2 Beaten! On a length and just outside off, this time it holds its line Reeza tries to push it away but fails to make contact.
  • 0.1 Starts with an inswinger, shaping back in on middle and leg, Hendricks looks to flick it away but gets it off the inside edge towards square leg.
  • Chase time! JJ Smuts and Reeza Hendricks are the Protea openers. Fresh from a fifer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar to kickoff proceedings. Just a slip in place. Here we go...

South Africa Vs India Live Score (T20) Ball by Ball Commentary

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 7496 117
4 New Zealand 7081 114
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 4341 124
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 England 2402 114