Duminy and Klaasen do it for South Africa

India's Virat Kohli could pass 2000 T20I runs in second game of series against South Africa

India takes on South Africa in the second T20 global at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.

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.

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.

"For me it is very important to keep momentum because they have very skillful bowlers and it was not easy to get a run a ball". Yuzvendra Chahal is the first such bowler from India.

The second best bowling figures, on this ground in T20Is, is by a spinner. His innings included a brilliant knock of three boundaries and seven sixes.

Klaasen‚ who has featured for South Africa A on numerous occasions‚ said this is an important stage of his career and he is happy to have made a positive contribution to put his name in the minds of the selectors. AB de Villiers, who missed the first T20I, has been ruled out of the series. Klaasen finally fell to Jaydev Undakat, but by then he had done enough. Duminy's knock consisted of a total of four fours and three sixes and showed how an ideal captain's knock looks like. In his four overs, he gave away just 31 runs and picked up the wicket of openers Reeza Hendricks who was hitting boundaries for fun at one point. He could manage just one wicket in these two matches. The reason why he couldn't bowl his full quota of four overs was because Kohli was saving him for the last over, but the Proteas ended the match before that itself. Apart from Kohli, Rohit Sharma (1,668) is the only other Indian to have done this. Raina and Kohli managed only one run between them before Kohli was caught by Heinrich Klaasen off Junior Dala's bowling. However, the hosts have a dismal record here - losing five out of the eight they have played. However, Farhaan Behardien's 16 (10) helped skipper Duminy continue his attack, clinching the match with two sixes at the end.

Conditions were trying when India began their innings and they lost three wickets inside the powerplay.

The lack of runs for David Miller and opener JJ Smuts will be a concern, but with Reeza Hendricks and Farhaan Behardien in decent touch, and Junior Dala getting his global career off to a good start with the ball, South Africa have enough reason to back themselves in the final game.

Arguably, Chahal bowls a more consistent line than Kuldeep Yadav and this explains latter's omission from the first two games.



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