Manish Pandey © Getty Images
Manish Pandey © Getty Images

South Africa’s first 8 balls were on target. Chris Morris started off with a maiden to Shikhar Dhawan and then Junior Dala trapped Rohit Sharma LBW for a first-ball duck. In came Suresh Raina, and with him came some luck for India. He shuffled, made room, and whatnot to accumulate runs. However, it was Shikhar Dhawan who took centre stage in the third over, making amends for the maiden over and walloping 20 runs.

JP Duminy introduced himself to suck India’s momentum. The hungry Dhawan could not keep his cool, and was dismissed off Duminy’s full-toss. The crowd cheered when Virat Kohli took the crease, but the joy did not last long. Dala bowled a ripper to Kohli and had him caught behind for a mere 1.

Manish Pandey joined Raina and changed the course of the innings. Although Pandey had a slow start, he went all guns blazing once he got his eye in. In the process of maintaining the strike rate, Raina lost his wicket for 30 off 24.

India, all the same, never faced any trouble once MS Dhoni partnered Pandey. Dhoni walloped a six down time early in his innings. Pandey followed suit and so spectacularly that he reached his second T20I fifty. However, Dhoni joined the party in death overs, scoring his fifty as well. The duo added 98 off 55 for the fifth wicket, taking India to 188 for 4.

Brief scores:

India 188 for 4 in 20 overs (Suresh Raina 30, Manish Pandey 79*, MS Dhoni 52*; Junior Dala 2 for 28) vs South Africa.

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