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India Vs South Africa, 2nd T20I Match at Mohali: Kohli Stars as India Seal Victory

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22:17 (IST)

VICTORY! Fantastic from Kohli, he has also become the top run-getter in T20Is. India do it rather easily in the end and win the game. Fantastic performance this from Kohli. He has single-handedly helped India win this game. South Africa though would be hoping they can provide a sterner challenge in the future games! India seal this one by six wickets.

22:14 (IST)

SIX! On the pads, Kohli flicks it over the square leg fence for a maximum. Rabada's firs ball to him and Kohli has hammered him for a six. India now need 12 off 12 in the final two overs

22:09 (IST)

50Imperious from the skipper! Another half century from the Indian skipper. He just relishes during the run chases and he is proving that again. He loves Mohali, doesn't he. Good length ball outside off, Kohli makes room and punches it through the covers for a boundary. A top shot to get to his half century.

22:05 (IST)

Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli will have the responsibility of taking India close to the finish line here, important for the hosts to not lose any more wickets here. South Africa will be dependent on Rabada for magic in this situation.

21:58 (IST)

OUT! Pant departs! Poor shot selection? That was a poor ball, he could've hammered it anywhere on the leg side but all he can do is find the short fine leg fielder. It was a dragged down delivery down the leg side, Pant goes back to pull but the ball takes the inner half of the bat and goes straight to Shamsi at short fine leg. Maiden T20I wicket for Fortuin. Maybe not the kind of delivery he would've wanted a wicket but he will take it.

21:52 (IST)

Rishabh Pant has come out to join Virat Kohli in the middle here, it will be important for him to support the captain today. A lot of eyes will be on the young Indian wicketkeeper and also his shot selection! India are 101/2 after 13 overs here

21:46 (IST)

WICKET!  David Miller you beauty! What a blinder from Killer Miller. He throws himself to his right, and plucks the ball from the thin air. Dhawan can not believe it and so can't the Indian skipper. This is an absolute stunner.

21:42 (IST)

50-run partnership between Dhawan/Kohli The 5th fifty partnership between this duo in T20Is After 4 T20I inns has an Indian 2nd wicket pair scored a fifty partnership in T20Is Only the 3rd time than an Indian 2nd wicket pair has scored a fifty-plus partnership against SA in T20Is  

21:36 (IST)
21:31 (IST)

SIX! Up and over! Magnificent shot from the skipper! Fullish ball outside off, Kohli dances down the track and lifts it over the cover fence. What timing from King Kohli. Dhawan follows that with a fine straight boundary.

21:29 (IST)

Tabraiz Shamsi comes into the attack now, how efffective will the spinners be here? He starts well though, he concedes just 5 runs in his first over. India are 57/1 after 8 overs

21:25 (IST)

Pretorious comes into the attack for South Africa, they are desperate for a wicket at the moment. Kohli and Dhawan can do it in 1s and 2s at the moment here. India are 52/1 after 7 overs here

21:20 (IST)

Review time! South Africa have taken a review for Caught behind! It looks like that it has gone off the pads.They check for lbw as well but Kohli survives as that's ruled to be umpire's call. India certainly effective at the moment, they are 47/1 after 6 overs

21:15 (IST)

FOUR! Kohli special! Fuller ball around off, Kohli uses his wrists and flicks it through the mid on and mid-wicket gap and into the fence. First boundary for the Indian skipper.

21:13 (IST)

Andile Phehlukwayo to Rohit Sharma: OUT! LBW! Phehlukwayo the opening stand as he has got Rohit plumb in front of the stumps. Phehlukwayo dishes a fuller ball on middle, Rohit goes to flick but he is early into the shot. He misses to get any bat and is rapped in front of the timbers. Phehlukwayo appeals and the umpire doesn't take much time to raise the finger. A crucial wicket for the visitors as Rohit was looking in good touch.

21:04 (IST)

FOUR! Clever this time. Rabada goes wide on a good length, Dhawan opens the bat face and through the slip cordon and into the third man fence. Back-to-back boundaries for him. India doing it easily at the moment, they are 30/0 after 3 overs.

21:00 (IST)

That's Rohit Sharma at his majestic best, pulls with class. Nortje bowled at around 140 kph but that went off the bat quicker! He does it twice in the over, and result is the same both the times. India are 21/0 after 2 overs

20:54 (IST)

Good start this for India against Rabada, key will be not to lose early wickets in the chase here. Dhawan also gets a boundary away early in the over. India are 8/0 after the 1st over.

20:38 (IST)

Phehlukwayo slams a massive, massive six off Saini. Pretorius does the same in the last ball. Saini bleeds runs in the last over to take South Africa close to 150. They end with 149 - not a massive total but something to bowl with. Quinton de Kock gave them a good start but the others couldn't use the platform. Temba Bavuma played a steady hand, missing his half-century by one run, but he wasn't quick. India will feel the target is very much achievable.

20:31 (IST)

South Africa 133 for 5 in 19 overs. How much can they add in the last?

20:26 (IST)

South Africa's slide continues. David Miller slogs across a straight from ball from Hardik Pandya, and misses. The stumps are disturbed. Miller gone for 18 off 15, South Africa 129 for 5 in 18.1.

20:19 (IST)

No fifty for Bavuma. He was struggling to accelerate, and falls in search of a big shot. Slower ball from Chahar, Bavuma lofts and mistimes to long on. Out for 49 off 43 balls.

20:13 (IST)

Miller gets going with a gorgeous six off Washington Sundar. Just an extension of the drive with a high elbow and it sails all the way over long off. Terrific strike.

20:09 (IST)

South Africa in steadying phase after the twin wickets. Miller dealing in singles, Bavuma is into his 40s. The Pandya brothers operating in tandem now.

19:57 (IST)

One brings two. Van der Dussen looks to play across the line and chips a simple return catch to Ravindra Jadeja. India have struck back with two wickets. Over to the experienced David Miller to bat with Temba Bavuma now.

19:52 (IST)

A stunning catch from Kohli dismisses de Kock. Superb catch, big wicket. Short of length ball from Saini, de Kock slapped it down the ground but mishit it, Kohli ran across from mid off and stretched his hands to take it while diving. Out for 52 (37), SA 88/2 in 11.2.

19:49 (IST)

De Kock reaches his half-century, pulling Jadeja for four through square leg. Was in the air for a long time but it evaded the fielder. That's a nice way to celebrate captaincy debut. 

19:45 (IST)

Pandya is struggling for rhythm here. Another short one to Bavuma, and the batsman frees his arms to slap it over point for four. Repeat the line once again, and that's two fours in two balls. South Africa 78/1 in 10.

19:43 (IST)

De Kock is into the 40s. He's collected another boundary off Jadeja to keep South Africa going. Some sloppy fielding and an overthrow in the next over helps South Africa too.

19:37 (IST)

Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya in after the Power Play. Six singles from Jadeja's over. Pandya's first four balls go for singles, before Bavuma decides he has had enough. Rocks back and pulls one over deep square for a big six. Will that give him momentum?

India Vs South Africa, 2nd T20I Match at Mohali: Kohli Stars as India Seal Victory

India vs South Africa 2nd T20I, Latest Updates: WICKET! That’s a stunning catch from David Miller. Dhawan comes down the track and he had hit it hard, Miller was at long on and he runs to his left before diving at the boundary line and the ball just sticks to his hand. Kohli and Dhawan’s reaction tells the story! India are 83/2
Catch all the action from second T20I between India and South Africa from Mohali through our live blog.

PREVIEW: India and South Africa head to Mohali for the second of three Twenty20 Internationals after rain played spoilsport in the first game on Sunday. While the relentless rain in Dharamsala was a dampener for all concerned, both teams would be disappointed by the fact that they were robbed off one match in their preparations for the T20 World Cup next year. Both India and South Africa have publicly spoken about trying different combinations in the build up to the mega event, and they’d want as many games as possible in that pursuit.

Fortunately for them, there’s no such rain threat in Mohali, and the series will finally get started. India, naturally, are the stronger side. They’re coming off a 3-0 whitewash of West Indies in the Caribbean and would like to carry the momentum while trying out a few things. Their batting order is largely predictable and settled, but there are one or two crucial things to look out for; how well Manish Pandey or Shreyas Iyer go, and how consistent can Rishabh Pant be being a couple of areas for India to work on.

India will be bolstered by the return of Hardik Pandya, who was rested from the tour of West Indies. The all-rounder is not a part of the Test squad, and will want to give it his all in the limited-overs formats. He provides balance, firepower and depth to the Indian batting. India see depth as a crucial factor in limited-overs cricket, perhaps after the World Cup experience. That’s the reason why they’ve made crucial changes to their bowling unit, dropping Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. The likes of Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar give depth to the batting, which will make the top order play with more freedom.

On the other hand, South Africa have a young and inexperienced side led by Quinton de Kock. There are concerns over the future of cricket in the country and they’d want to show all is not lost. They will look to leave behind their dismal performance in England in the World Cup and prepare for the future in the absence of stalwarts like Dale Steyn, Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla. South Africa have three new faces in the form of Temba Bavuma, Bjorn Fortuin and Anrich Nortje. They’d all be looking towards de Kock, David Miller and Kagiso Rabada to get as much as they can during the tour. South Africa definitely face an uphill task but they’d be looking to target India’s inexperience in bowling. Navdeep Saini and Deepak Chahar had good tours of West Indies, but they’re still inexperienced in international cricket. Add a couple more inexperienced players in Rahul Chahar and Washington, and South Africa would potentially look at this as an area of weakness. If they can do that, there’s no reason why they can’t do a repeat of 2015 when they defeated India in both the limited-overs formats of the tour.