Indian women eyes for series win over South Africa

Indian women eyes for series win over South Africa

Indian women eyes for series win over South Africa

Their top-order batsmen have been in sensational form, running down targets of 165 and 143 easily in the first two games. Rohit Sharma got out for a golden duck and captain Virat Kohli was dismissed for just one run. This means that Kohli has now not performed according to his supremely high levels in two successive matches in the "Rainbow Nation". They got it in the shape of Pandey and Dhoni. The duo remained unbeaten at 52 (28) and 79 (48), respectively. The only way the Proteas have a fighting chance of winning is to let the Indians bat first and restrict them to a low target which they can chase down.

Duminy, who is captaining his country in the T20 series against India while Faf du Plessis recovers from a finger injury, said his bowlers didn't properly execute the short-ball strategy during the powerplay period of India's innings.

Bolstered by terrific spell by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, India will hope to create havoc once again to seal the issue. Jon-Jon Smuts has not come good yet despite his big-hitting prowess, while David Millers poor form has spilled over from the ODIs. They gained momentum with the last five overs but our batsmen showed composure. 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. India's bowling line-up, that comprised of Shardul Thakur in place of an injured Jasprit Bumrah, and was devoid of left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, appeared to be a mere reflection of the dominating force it appeared in the ODI-series.

Klassen (69 of 30) and Duminy (64 of 40) were the top scorers for the Proteas as they stabilised the batting after a sluggish start.

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Jaydev Unadkat and T20 global debutant Shardul Thakur, in for the injured Jasprit Bumrah, dismissed JJ Smuts and Reeza Hendricks respectively as the Proteas were reduced to 38-2 after five overs.

Heinrich Klaasen scored 41 runs off only 12 balls against Yuzvendra Chahal in the second T20I.

India have never played T20 cricket at Newlands while South Africa have a less than impressive record here. 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. While the visitors reigned supreme in the opening game of the series, the Proteas stormed back in the must-win encounter in Centurion amidst the rain threat.

"From the team's perspective it is very important to win trophies and then the individual performances take care of themselves".

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