India vs South Africa, 1st T20I: Bhuvneshwar Kumar's records, other statistical highlights


"I always play for the team, look to play my natural game in whatever opportunities I've got".

In the absence of injured veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami, the onus was on young fast bowler Pooja Vastrakar to lead the attack and she did it with aplomb picking up two wickets, giving away just 21 runs from her four overs.

South African cricket's latest hero, Heinrich Klaasen, says that his dream is fulfilled, even if he hasn't done enough to command a regular place in the Proteas limited overs set-up. Klaasen hit five of the seven sixes off Chahal.

After ODI triumph, India has golden chance to seal T20I series against hapless South Africans Aruthless India has only complacency to guard against while a deflated South Africa would be fighting another battle of survival when the two sides clash in the series-deciding second T20I.

With mild drizzle accompanying the match nearly all the way, it was quite hard for the bowlers at all times.

"Whatever the reputation we had (about playing the short ball), in the last few years, we are playing totally opposite of that", said Indian new-ball bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar. "It was raining pretty similarly in our innings as well but I was comfortable when we were ahead of the rate", he added. The team also come up with a couple of changes that SA supporter think that will work because they seem to have she mounted up. To take down 189 was a pretty good effort. "Hopefully we can put up a good spectacle". If anything, they possess one of the cleanest hitters of the ball in Tryon, who smashed a 15-ball 34 in the last game.

Although Shamsi bowled well in the previous match, claiming the wicket of Kohli, he was taken to the cleaners by Manish Pandey in this match. "I was happy if they had 60 or 70 after six overs if we at least had two or three wickets down", Duminy said. Manish and MS (Dhoni) were outstanding to get us to nearly 190. "So when I got the first two boundaries, I thought this is the over I have got to target".

All-format pace bowler Bhuvneshwar needs a wicket to go past Zaheer Khan on the list of bowlers with most wickets in T20I bilateral series between India and South Africa. Shardul Thakur made his T20I debut, whereas Yuzvendra Chahal had an off day; he delivered India's worst bowling performance in T20Is, as he leaked 64 runs.

JP Duminy, in the second T20I post-match presentation, stated, "At the toss, we spoke about this being a semi-final and taking the series to Newlands". If India manages to secure a victory, it will be for the first time that the team will win a rare double series on foreign soil, let alone in South Africa.