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5 crucial moments from the India vs South Africa T20I

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750   //    22 Feb 2018, 13:22 IST

England v South Africa - 2nd NatWest T20 International
South Africa got back to winning ways

In the second T20I, in which India started as clear favorites, South Africa pulled off a stunning victory, winning quite comprehensively in the end. South Africa defeated India by 6 wickets and came back to winning ways at the SuperSport Park, courtesy brilliant knocks from Klaasen and JP Duminy who took charge of their team’s fortune and ended their streak of losses in the limited over matches.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, South Africa got a target of 189 runs with the Indian middle order coming to the forefront after much speculation. With a win in South Africa’s tally, the series is levelled at 1-1 with one match to go which will be the series decider.

Good performances from both the side meant there were plenty of ups and downs in the match, let us have a look at the 5 crucial moments in the India vs South Africa T20I:

1) Bowlers provide the perfect start

South Africa v India - T20 International
Junior Dala has dismissed Rohit Sharma twice in as many T20 matches

After winning the toss and electing to field first, Chris Morris and J Dala provided the perfect start for the Proteas. While Shikhar Dhawan survived a lbw decision first ball, courtesy the Decision Review System there wasn’t much that he could have done in that splendid first over, with Morris being spot on with his line and length.

In fact, after the first 7 balls of the Indian innings the scorecard read India 0/1, India losing Rohit Sharma in the very first ball of the second over. Dala got Rohit plumb in front of the stumps, claiming his wicket twice in as many matches in the series. Two out of the Indian quota of 20 overs were maidens, one each from Morris and Dala. Although Morris struggled later, Dala, was the pick of the bowlers going for 28 in his 4 overs and picking up 2 important wickets of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

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