Published: Mon, February 26, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Yuzvendra Chahal creates unwanted records in India's defeat against South Africa

Yuzvendra Chahal creates unwanted records in India's defeat against South Africa

As they did in the first T20I, India batted with a sense of abandon not usually seen in their T20 game after being sent in to bat. The Men in Blue were dealt with an early blow when Rohit Sharma departed for a duck.

The ice-cool approach is a trait that's in stark contrast with Virat Kohli's outbursts on the field, but both of their methods have proven successful for Indian cricket. For the Indian skipper, the 6-wicket loss was a reality check of sorts. Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina quickly started their onslaught. They got it in the shape of Pandey and Dhoni.

The hosts wouldn't have probably been able to complete the chase on Wednesday if it wasn't for Klaasen's whirlwind innings of 69 runs off just 30 deliveries.

India was in a dire need of someone to produce a mature innings from someone in the middle order.

Dala has made a fabulous start to his T20I career with four wickets already in two matches. Once the game continued in the first innings we knew it would continue throughout.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni rolled back the years in stunning style as he left the hosts reeling with his power-hitting. It was then that India's luck ran out, however, as the spectacular Klaasen joined a sensible JP Duminy in a 93-run partnership from just 49 balls.

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Jon-Jon Smuts hasn't come good yet despite his big-hitting prowess, while David Miller's poor form has spilled over from the ODIs.

The Proteas almost butchered their run chase, eventually getting over the line on the final ball of the match as Faf du Plessis top scored with 25 and Chris Morris finished with 17* off just 7 balls.

India scored 103 in the last 10 overs, 55 of them coming in the last four overs. However, Bhuvneshwar didn't pick a single wicket and that proved detrimental to the visitors' cause in this clash. "Until the 12th over it was fine, but the drizzle made it bad". After a glorious ODI series, which saw him enter that top-10 in the ICC bowler rankings for the first time, Chahal got a rude wake-up call from the South African batsmen in Centurion. Bumrah has been ruled out of this match due to stomach issues. He conceded runs at an economy rate of 13.89 in the two games - 68 runs in 5.3 overs in the Wanderers ODI and 64 runs from four overs in this T20I. However, he was rendered effect-less by the two half-centurions in the match and he was unable to stop their march towards a series-levelling win. The duo shared 98 runs for the fifth wicket in just 9.2 overs to take India to the commanding total.

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