[caption id="attachment_687845" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-687845" alt="MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/000_10R4RD.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/india" target="_blank">India</a> were struggling at 90 for 4 against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/south-africa" target="_blank">South Africa</a> in the 2nd T20I on Wednesday and looked like they would be restricted to a modest total. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/manish-pandey" target="_blank">Manish Pandey</a> rose to the occasion and made 48-ball 79. He received immense support from <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ms-dhoni" target="_blank">MS Dhoni</a>, who also scored 28-ball 52. Dhoni and Pandey's unbeaten 98-run stand took India's total to 188. However, their fifties went in vain as South Africa kept the three-match T20I series alive, defeating India by 6 wickets. <p></p> <p></p>Pandey was sidelined for the entire six-match ODI series. He returned for the T20Is in Johannesburg where he could not create much impact. However, he announced himself at Centurion in a timely fashion. In his post match conference, Pandey relished the opportunity to play alongside Dhoni and also spoke about his position in the current Indian squad. <p></p> <p></p><b>On his knock and partnership with Dhoni:</b> The wicket was a little slow and we thought the bowlers will bowl a lot slower, off cutters and all. Mahi is the best when he bats lower down the order, takes a couple of overs and looks to dominate and that s what happened. I thought the South African cricket team bowled well. It is just that a couple of inside edges went to the boundary and some great shots by Mahi took us to 188, but SA bowled fairly well. <p></p> <p></p><b>On stepping into the shoes of Yuvraj, Raina and likes:</b> The people who have batted at No. 5 before me have been guys like Raina, Yuvraj. To step into their shoes is a little tough but it has been a couple of years until now that the Indian batting line-up is doing really well. I think you have to be very patient for your chances. <p></p> <p></p><b>On his batting positions:</b> Most of the times I got chances at No. 4, I delivered. But the batting combination sometimes pushes me down to No. 5. I have tried my bit but I also feel that I could also probably do a little bit more with myself. As you know, India have a really good line up and the top 3 bat till 30-35 overs. But yeah, some more chances and I wish I could deliver more. And I feel I can deliver a lot more than what I am doing right now. <p></p> <p></p><b>On being in and out of the team:</b> Honestly it s a little tough and it works on your mind a lot. Especially on this tour, I have felt it a lot actually. But you have to wait your chances, especially playing for a team like India when you have so many stars and legends after legends in the line-up.