Player of the Match
Player of the Match

19 | 13 Runs | INDIA: 151/3 | RR: 7.94

  • Shreyas Iyer16 (14b)
  • Virat Kohli72 (52b)
  • Bjorn Fortuin4-0-32-1
  • Kagiso Rabada3-0-24-0

10.35 pm: Well that's a wrap for this game. Kohli got yet another Man of the Match award, in yet another successful chase, staying not out yet again and steering India home. He's never going to get tired of doing this, obviously. He's also become the leading run-getter in T20Is over the course of that knock. Can Rohit Sharma over-take him again? Can South Africa pull back to level what has become a two-match series now? Join us for the third T20I to find out. Meanwhile, on behalf of Chandan and Karthik too, this is Saurabh signing off.

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match: You reminded me of the best T20 game of my career so I got extra motivation from that (on the World T20 match against Australia, to Manjrekar). Slightly different pitch today. That's always going to be a sweet memory, but this one's nice as well. Bowlers showed lot of character. The pitch was very good and they got off to a good start so it was an outstanding effort from the bowler to pull the game back from us. That's exactly what we're looking at, try out new people and see who stands up under pressure. (On his consistency) It's the badge in front of my shirt. It's a pride to play for my country so whatever it takes to get over the line, I will do. Get the team across the line anyhow. If you want to make your team win, you'll find a way.

Quinton de Kock: I think we got off to a good start. Towards the end they bowled pretty well, they understood the conditions a lot quicker than we did. (On the debutants) There was a lot of pressure coming in for some of the new guys and I thought they played really well. Obviously we didn't get a winning start but I thought they held their nerve very well. Unfortunately when there was pace on the ball it looked like it was easier to bat on, so it was about taking the pace off. But then they batted really well. I've had some time off since the World Cup so I was nice and refreshed and quite hungry to get out there.

10.28 pm: Time for the presentations now.

Meanwhile, that innings by Kohli has taken him to the top of the heap amongst T20I run-getters. Just another peak conquered. He's now 7 runs ahead of his vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who he went past today.

Sundar S: "Looks like all of SA are in India. The men's and women's senior teams, the men's A team. Where is their u19 team?" - Indeed. Don't think their U-19 side are travelling at the moment though!

10.23 pm: The presentations are still to come, but we also have football action coming your way in the UEFA Champions League. Here's a little taster for the biggie tonight - Real Madrid v PSG.

Shikhar Dhawan: I was timing the ball well and enjoying batting. Good to get a good start in the home season. We practice a lot against that pace in the nets (145kph plus). It was lovely to see Rohit hitting those sixes and lovely to feel those drives and cuts that I hit. It was an unbelievable catch (that got him out) and you have to smile. I really appreciated Miller's effort. I hit it hard, it wasn't a lofted shot and it was a tremendous catch.

10.16 pm: Fairly straightforward chase for India, who were always in control. This target was completely in the Kohli 'comfort zone' range, which meant he could direct the chase on auto-pilot almost. He still showed some breath-taking timing and shot-making, which would have given great joy to the packed crowd at Mohali. The bowlers set up a chase where India never had to get out of third gear. South Africa's bowlers by contrast, didn't find the same movement and grip that India's did. Dew? Or just India's batsmen being better? Bit of both perhaps. The only batsman for the visitors who looked in command was Quinton de Kock, who was sent on his way courtesy what turned out to be the second best catch of the day - by Kohli again.

Fortuin to Iyer, FOUR runs, finishes off the match by skipping down the track and getting to the pitch to drill a bullet straight drive into the fence.
Fortuin to Kohli, 1 run, comes down the track again and pushes it to long-on
Fortuin to Kohli, SIX runs, down the track and his timing has been surreal all through. Picks it up and carts him over long-on without even a big flourish of the bat
Fortuin to Iyer, 1 run, gives himself room to whip, and it takes the bottom of the bat to roll past the keeper
Fortuin to Kohli, 1 run, fired into the pads, and he goes back and clips through midwicket
Fortuin to Kohli, no run, flat on the stumps, down the track, bunted back to the bowler

18 | 7 Runs | INDIA: 138/3 (12 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.66, RRR: 6.00)

  • Shreyas Iyer11 (12b)
  • Virat Kohli64 (48b)
  • Kagiso Rabada3-0-24-0
  • Andile Phehlukwayo3-0-20-1
Rabada to Iyer, no run, that's too quick for Iyer to pull off a cutesy upper cut. Back of a length and screaming over middle stump, Iyer was giving himself room to send it up and over the keeper perhaps, but the ball whizzes through before he can connect
Rabada to Iyer, no run, length ball outside off, steered to point
Rabada to Kohli, 1 run, takes on the bouncer, going back and pulling it from in front of his helmet to deep midwicket. That was an impressive short one on target, but Kohli dealt with it expertly
Rabada to Kohli, no run, driven to cover
Rabada to Kohli, no run, pats this back of a length ball down with a horizontal bat outside off and is looking for a single but there isn't one
Rabada to Kohli, SIX runs, What. A. Shot. This is Kohli just toying with the bowling. Length ball from Rabada at pace on leg stump, and he goes back and nonchalantly flicks it off his pads. It's such great timing that it carries all the way past the boundary. Without even trying to hit it hard

19 needed off 18.

17 | 11 Runs | INDIA: 131/3 (19 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.70, RRR: 6.33)

  • Virat Kohli57 (44b)
  • Shreyas Iyer11 (10b)
  • Andile Phehlukwayo3-0-20-1
  • Bjorn Fortuin3-0-19-1
Phehlukwayo to Kohli, 1 run, slower ball on the stumps, he read it and tapped it around the corner with soft hands. Wanted two but Iyer is hesitant about it and that moment is enough to stamp out thoughts of a second run
Phehlukwayo to Kohli, no run, attempted yorker outside off, driven to extra cover
Phehlukwayo to Iyer, 1 run, back of a length, gets nice carry on it, but Iyer stays legside of the ball and almost upper cuts it to third man
Phehlukwayo to Kohli, 1 run, punched down to long-on
Phehlukwayo to Kohli, FOUR runs, bowler compensates for Kohli's saunter down the track by bowling too short but Kohli stays put this time and flays a cut through point
Phehlukwayo to Kohli, FOUR runs, down the track and that's just unbelievable timing! Gets to fifty too. Looked for all the world like it was a shot for two runs. He had stroked it, gently not with punch, through extra cover, but the timing was so good it just kept going till it reached the boundary

John CHANDY: "Just cant understand why Sanju Samson isnt considered ! Look at the number of chances given to Pant"

Ajay: "Is it time for Kishan to get a run in the side?"

India 2nd innings Partnerships

1st33S DhawanRG Sharma
2nd61S DhawanV Kohli
3rd10V KohliRR Pant
4th47V KohliSS Iyer