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  • 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.

  • 7:53 PM IST

    Jon-Jon Smuts is out in the middle for South Africa; his first T20I at home. Reeza Hendricks has partnered him. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start proceedings for India. Just 6 coming from the first over.

  • 7:39 PM IST

    Innings Report: Shikhar Dhawan powers India to 203 for 5 against South Africa in 1st T20I

  • 7:37 PM IST

    India finish on 203-5. Last over from Dane Paterson gave just 9 runs in his last over. Manish Pandey remained unbeaten on 27, while Hardik Pandya was not on 8. South Africa need 204 to win.

  • 7:32 PM IST

  • 7:28 PM IST

    OUT! Chris Morris comes into the attack and gets rid of MS Dhoni. Dhoni was missed a full delivery on the leg side, and gets his stumps castled. Hardik Pandya will be the new man. Pandey needs to bring his A game now.

  • 7:26 PM IST

    This is now India’s highest T20I score at Wanderers.

  • 7:26 PM IST

  • 7:22 PM IST

    Manish Pandey needs to up the ante. Indian batsmen have just not been able to take full use the bowling. With MS Dhoni in the middle, India will hope to make somewhere near 200.

  • 7:11 PM IST

    OUT! Shikhar Dhawan falls for 72. He was looking to take the game to South Africa. Andile Phehlukwayo gets his first wicket. Dhawan tried to scoop and handed Klaasen a simple catch. MS Dhoni is out in the middle.

  • 7:07 PM IST

    India will look to cross the 200-run mark. Shikhar Dhawan is looking good for century. Important that Manish Pandey gets a good outing here. Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni are yet to come.

  • 6:57 PM IST

  • 6:56 PM IST

    FIFTY! Shikhar Dhawan gets it in just 27 balls. This is his fourth T20I half-century. Manish Pandey survives on an umpires call. He has looked unconvincing so far.

  • 6:48 PM IST

    OUT! Virat Kohli falls for 26. Tabraiz Shamsi gets his former RCB captain. DRS does not help Kohli, as replays suggest the ball was hitting the top of leg stump. He was beaten in the air and off the pitch. Manish Pandey is the new man.

  • 6:41 PM IST

    50 runs between Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. They have added it in 27 balls.

  • 6:38 PM IST

    DROPPED! Farhaan Behardien has dropped a dolly from Virat Kohli. Tabraiz Shamsi is an annoyed man. FOUR! He cuts Shamsi on the next ball. This is brutal from Kohli.

  • 6:37 PM IST

  • 6:30 PM IST

    Virat Kohli has come out a guns blazing. He is only 44 runs short of becoming first Indian to 2,000 tally. Only Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum are ahead of him. This has been a super start for India. 78-2 in 6 overs.

  • 6:21 PM IST

    OUT! Suresh Raina throws his wicket away. Junior Dala gets his second wicket. Raina has already clobbered 2 fours us fand a six in his innings thus far. Virat Kohli is out in the middle.

  • 6:16 PM IST

    Suresh Raina comes out with a clear intent of hitting the bowlers out of the park. A six and a dropped catch already for him. Shikhar Dhawan has joined him in the fireworks. Junior Dala continues to be clobbered for runs.

  • 6:10 PM IST

    OUT! As confirmed by DRS, Rohit Sharma has nicked one to the keeper’. Dala continued to bowl short and gets his man. Rohit made an 8-ball 21. Suresh Raina is out in the middle.

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.