Mid Innings: SA vs Ind (1st T20I): Dhawan’s blazing fifty raced India to 203/5
By Aditya Pratap - Feb 18, 2018 2:26 pm
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After winnings the One Day International series in South Africa, Team India is in no mood to show any leniency to cap off the tour with another series win. The T20 International series has commenced at the New Wanderers in Johannesburg – where India’s winning juggernaut started – and the hosts won the toss to put Indian batsmen into batting first.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan

South Africa looks new with the change of the format and veteran batsman AB de Villiers couldn’t make a place for himself due to a knee injury. India asked Suresh Raina back in the side straight away along with Jayadev Unadkat.

Rohit Sharma goes off to a blazing start and scored 18 runs in the first over, but threw his wicket away in the next over. Indian captain Virat Kohli threw his weight behind Raina and sent him at number three to do what he used to do for Chennai Super Kings. And Raina sends his third delivery into the stand and cleared his intentions straight away but failed to capitalize a dropped chance early in his innings.

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Virat Kohli too was lucky as he got an early reprieve in his innings of 26 runs. Farhaan Behardien was the man with buttery fingers and put both catches down. Kohli played some jaw-dropping shots in his innings but Tabraiz Shamsi trapped him in front to get his first T20I wicket.

At the other end, Shikhar Dhawan was throwing everything in his shots and played an amazing innings. He completed his fifty under 30 balls. He was reaching towards his maiden T20I hundred but clever variations from Andile Phehlukwayo got him out at 72, which he made in just 39 deliveries with the help of 10 fours and 2 sixes.

Due to some slow batting at the death overs, India’s innings ended at 203/5. Manish Pandey remained unbeaten with his 29 runs (in 27 balls) along with Hardik Pandya. This will be an interesting chase at the Wanderers as the ground has the history of chasing big totals down.