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South Africa vs India 2018, 1st T20I: Things which went right for the visitors

Tanya Rudra
ANALYST
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5.79K   //    18 Feb 2018, 21:53 IST

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The Virat Kohli-led Team India continued their dominance in the limited overs as they crushed South Africa by 28 runs to win the first T20I of the three-match series at Johannesburg on Sunday.

The win at the Wanderers was India's first T20I win over the Proteas since April 2014.

Put in to bat, the Men in Blue posted their first-ever 200-plus T20I total against South Africa but the hosts' fragility was once again exposed, when they failed to chase down the stiff target in 20 overs.

The second T20I will be played at the SuperSport Park, Centurion on Wednesday, February 21.

Now, let us have a look at the factors that led to India's win as they took a 1-0 lead in the series.

#5 South Africa's batting collapse

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South Africa's stand-in skipper JP Duminy was well aware of the fact that no team had ever won a T20I after batting first at the Wanderers and that is why, he won the toss and opted to bowl.

Although India kept losing wickets at regular intervals, riding on Shikhar Dhawan's 72, the visitors posted 203/5, their highest-ever total in T20Is against South Africa.

The hosts started their chase on a positive note but eventually, no batsman other that Reeza Hendricks (70) and Farhaan Behardien (39) was able to show any resistance against India's menacing bowling attack.

It seems that the hosts did not learn any lesson after their humiliating 5-1 defeat in the ODI series as, in the last three overs of their innings, South Africa lost five wickets and scored just 21 runs to fall 28 runs short of India's target of 204.

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