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Match Day

552dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar give India 1-0 lead

Shikhar Dhawan's 72 off 39 balls led India to a total of 203, which they defended comfortably thanks to a five-wicket haul from Bhuvneshwar Kumar

551dSidharth Monga in Johannesburg

Bhuvneshwar's strangle does the trick

The correlation between intent and wickets is low in T20 cricket. It's more about stifling batman and forcing them into low-percentage shots. Bhuvneshwar Kumar knows that; it is what he did in Jo'burg

552dSidharth Monga in Johannesburg

South Africa's short-ball plan slides wide

South Africa's plan of bowling short to bridge the gap between India's experienced, confident batsmen and their own struggles went awry when their inexperienced bowlers erred in line

553dSidharth Monga

A glimmer of hope for Suresh Raina

With India still searching for a fix in the ODI middle order ahead of next year's World Cup, a good performance in the T20Is against South Africa could set the batsman on the road to a long-term comeback


Bhuvi's blast


Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the first India fast bowler to take a five-wicket haul in T20Is and with this he is also the first to take five-fors in all 3 International formats.

India's highest


No. of 200-plus totals for India against South Africa in T20Is before this match. 203/5 in this match is India's highest score v SA in 11 matches.

Top start


Runs for India in powerplays - their most in any T20I. The previous highest was 77 against Sri Lanka in Nagpur in 2009.