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Twitter Reactions: All-round show takes Virat Kohli’s India home in Mohali

The Men in Blue's skipper remained unbeaten on 72 and saw his team through.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

For a chunk of the second T20I, India had the upper hand over South Africa. The match at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali was a tad one-sided as the home team comfortably by seven wickets. It gave the Men in Blue a 1-0 lead as they beat the Proteas for the first time in a T20I on their soil. The batting and bowling unit churned out a collective effort and scripted the thumping triumph.

De Kock and Bavuma guide South Africa

India didn’t hesitate to field first after winning the toss and their bowlers did an excellent job, restricting the visitors to an under-par score of 149 in 20 overs. Quinton de Kock (52), leading in his maiden T20I, showed maturity and looked determined. He got to his half-century off 35 balls, but Navdeep Saini got rid of him. A superlative catch from Virat Kohli cut short the southpaw’s knock.

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Reeza Hendricks could manage only six before falling prey to Deepak Chahar. Temba Bavuma (49), making his T20I debut, looked settled in the middle. Unfortunately, he missed out on a fifty as he became Chahar’s second victim. Ravindra Jadeja got rid of the dangerous Rassie van der Dussen. David Miller (18) and Dwaine Pretorius (10) couldn’t quite press the accelerator in the death overs.

Virat Kohli leads the charge

The hosts got off to a reasonable start as Rohit Sharma (12) and Shikhar Dhawan (40) notched 33 for the first wicket in 23 balls. Andile Phehlukwayo trapped the former in front to strike first blood. Then it was the turn of captain Kohli (72*) and Dhawan to shepherd India. The duo added 61 runs and took their team to a decent position. Chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi separated them, removing Dhawan.

Rishabh Pant’s inconsistent run continued. Bjorn Fortuin dismissed the southpaw, who holed out at fine-leg. At the other end, Kohli was looking in a different zone altogether. The Indian skipper played some scorching shots and got to his fifty off 40 balls. He was there until the very end. Shreyas Iyer (16) looked fluent during his short stint in the middle as India chased the target with six balls to spare.

Here is how Twitter reacted on India’s thumping victory in Mohali

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