Wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen smashed 81 off 46 balls to guide South Africa’s tough chase as they beat India by 4 wickets within the second Twenty20 Worldwide on Sunday.
Needing 149 for victory on a scorching and humid day in Cuttack, South Africa rode Klaasen’s fourth T20 half-century to realize their goal in 18.2 overs and lead the five-match collection 2-0.
South Africa’s bowlers, led by tempo spearhead Kagiso Rabada, arrange victory after they stored India to 148-6 after deciding to discipline first.
The vacationers suffered a pre-match blow when wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was dominated out with a hand damage however Temba Bavuma’s aspect stored up the momentum from their opening win.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar put South Africa in hassle at 29-3 inside six overs on a seemingly powerful batting pitch earlier than Klaasen and Bavuma, who made 35, placed on 64 runs to place the chase again on observe.
Bhuvneshwar, who returned figures of 4-13, took down Reeza Hendricks and Dwaine Pretorius in his first two overs after which bowled earlier match hero Rassie van der Dussen, who made 75 in his workforce’s opening win.
Klaasen soaked the strain and the humidity along with his clear hitting.
He raised his 50 in 41 balls and took aside the Indian assault to make the goal look easy with the in-form David Miller for firm.
Klaasen hit seven fours and 5 sixes earlier than departing, however the job had been performed and the left-handed Miller hit the successful runs to complete with 20 not out.
Earlier Rabada despatched again Ruturaj Gaikwad for one to convey up his fiftieth T20 wicket for South Africa and returned figures of 1-15.
Left-handed opener Ishan Kishan (34) and Shreyas Iyer (40) then tried to rebuild the innings in a 45-run partnership that was damaged by quick bowler Anrich Nortje, who took two wickets.
Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj despatched again skipper Rishabh Pant in his first over and shortly Hardik Pandya’s wicket off Wayne Parnell made India slip additional.
However Dinesh Karthik hit an unbeaten 30 off 21 balls to provide the workforce a late push throughout his 36-run unbeaten stand with Harshal Patel however the effort was not sufficient.
The third match is in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.
R. Gaikwad c Maharaj b Rabada 1
I. Kishan c van der Dussen b Nortje 34
S. Iyer c Klaasen b Pretorius 40
R. Pant c van der Dussen b Maharaj 5
H. Pandya b Parnell 9
A. Patel b Nortje 10
D. Karthik not out 30
H. Patel not out 12
EXTRAS (LB-1, W-6) 7
TOTAL (for six wickets, 20 overs) 148
DID NOT BAT: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-3 (Gaikwad), 2-48 (Kishan), 3-68 (Pant), 4-90 (Pandya), 5-98 (Iyer), 6-112 (Axar)
BOWLING: Rabada 4-0-15-1 (w1), Parnell 4-0-23-1 (w2), Nortje 4-0-36-2 (w1), Pretorius 4-0-40-1, Shamsi 2-0-21-0 (w2), Maharaj 2-0-12-1
T. Bavuma b Chahal 35
R. Hendricks b Bhuvneshwar 4
D. Pretorius c Avesh b Bhuvneshwar 4
R. van der Dussen b Bhuvneshwar 1
H. Klaasen c sub (Bishnoi) b H. Patel 81
D. Miller not out 20
W. Parnell b Bhuvneshwar 1
Okay. Rabada not out 0
EXTRAS (LB-1, W-2) 3
TOTAL (for six wickets, 18.2 overs) 149
DID NOT BAT: Okay. Maharaj, A. Nortje, T. Shamsi
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-5 (Hendricks), 2-13 (Pretorius), 3-29 (van der Dussen), 4-93 (Bavuma), 5-144 (Klaasen), 6-147 (Parnell)
BOWLING: Bhuvneshwar 4-0-13-4, Avesh 3-0-17-0, Pandya 3-0-31-0, Chahal 4-0-49-1 (w1), Harshal 3-0-17-1 (w1), Axar 1-0-19-0, Iyer 0.2-0-2-0
SERIES: South Africa lead the five-match collection 2-0