Quinton de Kock recorded back-to-back half-centuries to help South Africa complete a crushing nine-wicket win over India and level the series 1-1 at the Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday. India were tied down to a modest 134/9 by some disciplined bowling from South Africa before their skipper dominated the chase and wiped off the target in 16.5 overs.

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In pursuit of a total way less than the average first-innings score of 180, South Africa were in hurry. De Kock drove the first ball of the innings through covers for a boundary off Washington Sundar, and although India manage to bowl four tight overs up front, the skipper hammered two identical sixes off Navdeep Saini to get South Africa going.

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Reeza Hendricks was kept quiet initially before he took toll of the freebies by Deepak Chahar. Besides some wayward bowling, India were let down by some poor decision-making. A delivery from Chahar rapped Hendricks on the pads and was seemingly going way down leg – perhaps hitting the seventh stump had there been one. But a baffling call to go upstairs wasted India’s only review.