Live Updates

  • 9:29 PM IST

    THAT’s IT! India win by 28 runs. They have completed outshone South Africa across departments here at Wanderers. India have taken a 1-0 lead. Read more about the match here.

  • 9:16 PM IST
    OUT! Team hat-trick. Kumar misses his but a run off a misfield costs South Africa their fourth wicket in the 18th over.

    OUT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar picks his fifth wicket. This is now his career best T20I figures. Morris goes in the exact same fashion as Hendricks. Third catch for Raina.

  • 9:10 PM IST

    OUT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes into the attack and picks Hendricks for 70. The ball found the top half his bat and MS Dhoni takes an easy catch. Heinrich Klaasen is being joined by Chris Morris.

  • 9:00 PM IST

    OUT! Farhaan Behardien goes for the glory shot and perishes. With the run-rate rising, Behardien needed to take on Chahal. His first wicket. Heinrich Klaasen is out in the middle.

  • 8:51 PM IST

  • 8:45 PM IST

    50 partnership comes up between Reeza Hendricks and Farhaan Behardien. Hendricks has suddenly picked up ante. He is now nearing his debut T20 fifty.

  • 8:35 PM IST
    Pressure is on Farhaan Behardien to take South Africa home. He has so far looked uninspiring in the middle. Reeza Hendricks is still out in the middle. Hardly anything happening in the ground.
  • 8:23 PM IST

    OUT! David Miller does not pick the slower one from Hardik Pandya. He only manages to hand Shikhar Dhawan a simple outfield catch. Farhaan Behardien is out in the middle with Reeza Hendricks.

  • 8:14 PM IST

    OUT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets his second wicket. JP Duminy mistimes one straight into Suresh Raina’s hand running in from mid on. South Africa are in a trouble at 2 down for 38.

  • 8:05 PM IST

    OUT! Smuts falls for 14. He went for the heave against Bhuvi, only to find Shikhar Dhawan. JP Duminy is out in the middle. Jaydev Unadkat into his second over, gave 15 in his first.

India would be confident going into the T20Is © AFP
India would be confident going into the T20Is © AFP

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the first T20I between India and South Africa at Wanderers, Johannesburg. I am Vishal Mehra and will be providing you all the live updates, insights and interesting tweets from this match. Having pocketed the ODI series 5-1, India will look to continue the domination in the shortest format with the help of their the spinners.

In the three-T20I series, India would have the services of KL Rahul and Suresh Raina who will be returning to national side after a year. With the spin twins, Yuzevendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, working in tandem, India will look to keep things simple and not get carried away in the fastest format. Ranked No. 3 India are just two points away from No. 2 Australia.  Meanwhile, South Africa are languishing at the sixth spot.

To be led by JP Duminy, South Africa will be tested how they respond in such a format after their ODI debacle. AB de Villiers had a forgettable ODI series, and he will be determined to change fortunes in his preferred format. Overall, a blockbuster T20I series awaits us.