Twitter Reactions: Klaasen and Duminy guide the Proteas to a scintillating victory

Twitter Reactions: Klaasen and Duminy guide the Proteas to a scintillating victory

While Klaasen and Duminy were lauded, it was Chahal and Unadkat who were at the receiving end of the trolls on Twitter

JP Duminy of South Africa and MS Dhoni of India
JP Duminy of South Africa and MS Dhoni of India. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Centurion crowd witnessed yet another spectacular match. South Africa managed to register a fantastic chase as the series is now levelled 1-1. Henrich Klaasen and JP Duminy marvel partnership overshadowed Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni’s efforts in the first innings.

Put to bat first, India were off to a slow start as Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a golden duck. Shikhar Dhawan made up for the maiden over as he smashed Chris Morris for 20 runs. However, Dhawan couldn’t prolong his stay at the crease as he ended up hitting a full toss straight to the fielder at mid-on.

Skipper Virat Kohli had a rare early dismissal as India were reduced to 45/3. However, probably for the first time in this tour, the middle order came to the rescue. Suresh Raina looked good in his innings of 30(24). However, it was Manish Pandey who was absolutely phenomenal in the day.

The 28-year-old scored an unbeaten 79(48) as he took on the Proteas bowlers to the cleaners. MS Dhoni displayed his finishing abilities in style as he shut down his critics. He went on to register his second half-century in T20 Internationals. Both put up an unbeaten partnership of 98 runs from just 56 balls for the fifth wicket.

India went on to post a total of 188/4 in their quota of 20 overs. Junior Dala picked up a couple of wickets as he was the pick amongst the South African bowlers. However, they didn’t have a great start as both openers were back to the pavilion with 38 runs on the board.

That’s when the duo of JP Duminy and Henrich Klaasen put up a magnificent show in the midst. Both combined for a 91 run partnership from just 49 balls. Klaasen went on to smash a fantastic 69(30), an innings that had 7 sixes and 3 fours. Yuzvendra Chahal who has been a valuable asset in the limited overs tour so far was taken away for the cleaners. He conceded 64 runs in his quota of four overs.

While Klaasen got out, Duminy stayed till the end. His stupendous innings of 64*(40) helped the Proteas seal the victory in the penultimate over. Farhan Behardien also provided good support as South Africa managed to keep the series alive. While Klaasen and Duminy were lauded, it was Chahal and Unadkat who were at the receiving end of the trolls on Twitter.

Here we have some of the amazing Twitter reactions from the game: