Virat Kohli blasted his 22nd Twenty20 International fifty as India won by seven wickets against South Africa in Mohali. (Image credit: Twitter)
India chose to bowl in the second Twenty20 International against South Africa in Mohali and Deepak Chahar struck early when he removed Reeza Hendricks. Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma shared a wonderful partnership with De Kock slamming his third fifty. Bavuma also looked good for a fifty on debut but in the death overs, India fought back with Chahar, Navdeep Saini and Hardik Pandya all bowling brilliantly. Some big hits from Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius helped South Africa end on 149/5. Rohit Sharma fell for 12 but Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli shared a solid partnership. Kohli went on to smash his 22nd fifty and India have won by seven wickets to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the series.
22:18 hrs IST: Kohli blasts Fortuin for a big six over long on and Shreyas Iyer blasts a boundary down the ground as India win by seven wickets and take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the series.
22:13 hrs IST: Kohli flicks a brilliant six off Rabada to the deep backward square leg fence and India need 12 runs off 12 balls. Totally in control are India.
22:08 hrs IST: Kohli notches up his 22nd fifty and it is the most by any player. He blasts two fours off Andile Phehlukwayo and India are 131/3 after 17 overs, needing 19 off 18 balls.
22:06 hrs IST: FIFTY for Virat Kohli! Nothing new! Just reaffirms he is a supreme run-machine in limited overs cricket. He and Steve Smith are two freaks. It is no longer the fab four. It has now narrowed itself to the fab two.
22:04 hrs IST: Five runs in Fortuin's over and India are 120/3 after 16 overs. South Africa need a miracle.
22:02 hrs IST: Shreyas Iyer gets going with a boundary to third man and India are 115/3 in 15 overs, needing 35 off 30. This is comfortably India's. Kohli is nearing yet another fifty.
21:55 hrs IST: WICKET! Poor shot from Pant and the critics will only grow louder now. Short ball from Fortuin and Pant hits is straight to short fine leg. India are 104/3 in the 14th over.
21:45 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant from Miller. Dhawan hits Shamsi down the ground and it looks like it is going down the ground but Miller dives to his right and plucks it out of thin air to take a stunning catch. Even Kohli is stunned. Dhawan has a wry smile. India are 94/2 in the 12th over.
21:42 hrs IST: Dhawan absolutely mauls Bjorn Fortuin for a big six and India are dominating South Africa. After 11 overs, India are 89/1.
21:38 hrs IST: India are making good progress. After 10 overs, India are 79/1.
21:34 hrs IST: Kohli blasts a six inside out over wide long off of Pretorius while Dhawan blasts him straight down the ground. After nine overs, India are 72/1.
21:29 hrs IST: Pretorius misses a run-out of Virat Kohli and Tabraiz Shamsi concedes just five runs in his first over. After eight overs, India are 57/1.
21:21 hrs IST: Kohli thumps a four off Phehlukwayo but the bowler responds with an incutter that cuts the batsman in half. South Africa appeal for a catch and LBW and they take a review. However, there is no edge and the ball is hitting the stumps but it is umpire's call. After six overs, India are 47/1.
21:14 hrs IST: Virat Kohli gets going with a four to deep midwicket off Dwaine Pretorius as India make confident prigress. After five overs, India are 41/1.
21:09 hrs IST: WICKET! Superb bowling from Andile Phehlukwayo. Full ball slanted in on the middle and leg stump line, Rohit aims for a slog across the line but misses it and is struck on the back leg. India are 33/1 in the fourth over.
21:03 hrs IST: Two fours by Shikhar Dhawan off Kagiso Rabada and India are off to a flier. They are 30/0 after three overs.
20:59 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma is in that zone as he blasts two sixes off Anrich Nortje to deep midwicket. India are 21/0 after two overs.
20:54 hrs IST: We are back for the run-chase and Kagiso Rabada opens the bowling. Wayward start for him as Shikhar Dhawan thumps a short ball to the deep backward point fence. India are 8/0 after the first over.
20:42 hrs IST: During the final over, Kohli left the field as he was clutching his lower back and Rohit captained the final over. Remember, Kohli has been plagued with a long-term back injury.
20:35 hrs IST: Andile Phehlukwayo blasts a six over deep midwicket while Dwaine Pretorius finishes the innings in style with a big six over deep midwicket. Saini concedes 16 runs in the final over and South Africa have finished with 149/5.
20:30 hrs IST: Superb over from Hardik Pandya and South Africa are 133/5 in 19 overs.
20:26 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant stuff from Hardik Pandya and Killer Miller falls. Good length slower delivery, Miller looks to slog across the line and misses it. He could have been a big difference in the death overs. South Africa are 129/5 after 18.1 overs.
20:24 hrs IST: Brilliant spell from Deepak Chahar comes to an end. Finishes with 2/22 and South Africa are 129/4 after 18 overs.
20:19 hrs IST: WICKET! Temba Bavuma misses out on a fifty on debut. Deepak Chahar bowls the knuckle ball and Bavuma mistimes it completely to hole out to Ravindra Jadeja at long on. After 17.1 overs, South Africa are 126/4.
20:18 hrs IST: Good over from Navdeep Saini but Temba Bavuma is batting brilliantly. After 17 overs, South Africa are 126/3.
20:13 hrs IST: Washington Sundar gives some air and Miller launches him high over long off for a big six. South Africa need more such hits and they are 122/3 after 16 overs.
20:09 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya concedes just five runs in the 15th over. Bavuma and Miller have to find the boundary on a regular basis. South Africa are 110/3 after 15 overs.
20:04 hrs IST: Krunal Pandya is into the attack and he concedes seven runs in his first over. South Africa are 105/3 after 14 overs.
20:00 hrs IST: Bavuma nears fifty as he creams Jadeja to the deep extra cover fence for a boundary and South Africa are 98/3 after 13 overs.
19:56 hrs IST: WICKET! Another brilliant catch from Jadeja. Flatter ball on middle and leg stump, Rassie van der Dussen chips it to the right of the bowler who leaps and takes a superb catch. South Africa are 90/3 in the 13th over.
19:51 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant catch from Virat Kohli. Short of a length ball from Navdeep Saini and De Kock hits it down the ground, Kohli stretches to his left and takes a stunning one-handed catch. South Africa are 87/2 after 11.1 overs.
19:48 hrs IST: De Kock hoicks a flatter delivery off Jadeja to deep midwicket and he gets to his third fifty in this format. Bavuma is also looking in good touch as South Africa are 87/1 after 11 overs.
19:45 hrs IST: Temba Bavuma is looking in great touch at the moment as he smashes two fours off Hardik Pandya. 14 runs in the over and South Africa are 78/1 after 10 overs.
19:41 hrs IST: Jadeja bowls a short ball on leg stump and De Kock thumps the pull shot to fine leg for a boundary. South Africa are 64/1 after nine overs.
19:37 hrs IST: SIX! Hardik Pandya drags it short and Temba Bavuma latches on to it as he creams it over deep midwicket for a big six. After eight overs, South Africa are 55/1.
19:33 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja is into the attack and he bowls the over quickly. Six singles and South Africa are 45/1 after seven overs.
19:28 hrs IST: Quinton de Kock continues to find the boundary as he clobbers Deepak Chahar for a boundary to deep extra cover. South Africa are 39/1 after six overs.
19:24 hrs IST: Tight over from Washington Sundar as Virat Kohli continues to rotate his bowlers. South Africa are 32/1 after five overs.
19:18 hrs IST: WICKET! Deepak Chahar strikes. Good length ball swinging away slightly, it stops on Reeza Hendricks who chips it to mid on. That looked like the knuckle ball. South Africa are 31/1 after 3.5 overs.
19:13 hrs IST: Navdeep Saini is into the attack and Quinton de Kock greets him with a hat-trick of boundaries, one through third man, one to deep extra cover and one to deep midwicket. South Africa are 24/0 after three overs.
19:09 hrs IST: Deepak Chahar generates some swing and beats the batsman a couple of times but Reeza Hendricks finds a boundary to the fine leg fence. South Africa are 11/0 after two overs.
19:03 hrs IST: Washington Sundar opens the bowling and Quinton de Kock gets going with a boundary to deep extra cover. South Africa are 6/0 after the first over.
18:41 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both sides. Three debutants for South Africa in Anrich Nortje, Bjorn Fortuin and Temba Bavuma.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock (capt & wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Bjorn Fortuin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
18:31 hrs IST: India has won the toss and they will bowl against South Africa in Mohali. KL Rahul misses out while Khaleel Ahmed and Rahul Chahar are also on the sidelines.
18:16 hrs IST: So,this will be the captaincy debut of Quinton de Kock. How can he transform South Africa in the absence of experienced campaigners like Faf du Plessis who is rested and Hashim Amla who has retired?
17:52 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the second Twenty20 International between India and South Africa from Mohali. First, the good news. There is no rain. So, we can expect a full quota of 40 overs.