It was all too simple for India in Mohali after the dampener in Dharamsala. Only once did India fail to chase a 150-shy score while playing a home T20I. Wednesday (September 18) wasn’t going to be an anomaly as India walked past 150 in 19 overs with seven wickets in hand, exposing some of the South African line-up’s very noticeable frailties as the hosts took a 1-0 lead.
De Kock recorded a half-century35-ball but failed to press on. South Africa had 88 on the board in the 12th over when the captain was rejected-caught to the left of mid-on. The onus then shifted to give the impetus to Bavuma. Ravindra Jadeja caught and bowled Rassie van der Dussen and that didn’t assist Bavuma. He consumed 43 balls for his 49 as the noose kept tightening.
India got off to a quick start in the chase-smashing 30 in the first three. Rohit dropped for 12-Andile Phehlukwayo caught lbw-but there were ten dot balls in his innings. The first break went over in the fourth, but the tourists were unable to open the gate. Dhawan and Virat Kohli worked with the second-wicket to score 61 and pushed the chase forward.
Brief scores: South Africa 149/5 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock 52; Deepak Chahar 2-22) lost to India 151/3 in 19 overs (Virat Kohli 72*) by seven wickets.