AB de Villiers ruled out of T20I series against India

Wednesday, 21 Feb, 2018

Wrapping up the series here might also enable Kohli to take time off and sit out the final T20I in Cape Town, keeping in mind his hectic schedule over the next three months.

Batting first, India set a handsome total of 203 for the hosts to chased and that turned out to be too much for them.

Rohit gave a good start in the first over of Dan Pietersen, he scored 18 runs with help of two sixes, including a four. After the Test series, they have failed to bowl out the tourists even once. Suresh Raina with the bat could only score 15 but like every time, his fielding was exceptional yet again.

South African batsman AB de Villiers on Sunday was ruled out of the ongoing T20 worldwide series against India, owing to an injured left knee. Dhawan and Kohli kept the scoreboard ticking. Till the dismissal of Kohli, who was ruled LBW against spinner Tabraiz Shamsi in the third delivery of the 10th over, India had already scored 108. At the other end Dhawan kept going hard with his hoicks and superbly timed flicks and cuts. In the fourth over, the opener had tried to play a flick shot off Junior Dala and the ball grazed his gloves.

If at all, India do need to consider his absence from this second match, then KL Rahhul would come in as replacement. Just like India's batsmen, Bhuvneshwar is somebody who doesn't go in with pre-conceived plans, and has the ability to adjust to the pitch's response to his bowling. But that streak was about to be broken.

"From a batting perspective‚ that has been our Achilles heel throughout this Indian tour from a short format point of view". The bowler varied his length with such ease that he was rewarded with the wickets of Smuts and Duminy. Jaydev Unadkat, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal claimed one wicket each.

South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (c), Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Odine Kirsten, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Moseline Daniels.

The match witnessed another twist when Hendricks and Behardien were on the crease. His tally also included three centuries.

John Wright in his book, Indian Summers, had written about how the Indian players' body language used to change as soon as they took a flight to overseas.

It's not a pleasure that stems from the way South Africa were beaten - which was badly and by varying large degrees in five out of the six matches against Virat Kohli's side - but rather the timing of the defeats. For all of India's endeavour early on, the likes of Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana were allowed to many boundary balls in the first half of Indian team's innings.

Proteas Women fast bowler Shabnim Ismail says that harnessing her natural aggression helped her pick up five against India keeping her team in the T20I series.