Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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, 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
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.

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?"

Nortje to Iyer, FOUR runs, edged through slip. He was looking to run it down in that area, but not quite as fine as it went, ended up not being in control of it. Eludes a diving de Kock
Fortuin to Pant, OUT, he's picked out short fine leg and he's not going to be happy watching that replay. This was a gimme ball, short of a length on leg stump, and Pant got down to smack it into the leg side. Could have almost hit it anywhere, but picks out the man unerringly. This is not going to be good for the already swirling debates about his shot selection... but Fortuin has a wicket on debut

RR Pant c Shamsi b Fortuin 4 (11m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Nortje to Pant, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, tucked to square leg and he calls Kohli through for a quick single. Might have been close with a direct hit. Would have been gone, Pant, at the non-striker's end but the throw just missed.

even Kohli and Dhawan were stunned at that catch by Miller

Shamsi to Dhawan, OUT, what an outstanding catch by Miller at long-on. We've had two great catches in this match already, but this one comfortably outstrips them. This was a flat delivery on the stumps, Dhawan stepped down and powered his drive straight. It was heading for a boundary until an airborn Miller intervened. He didn't have much time to react or build momentum by sprinting, just a couple of steps to his right, but still dived full length to his right and plucked the ball out of the air with his right hand. Stunning.

S Dhawan c Miller b Shamsi 40 (56m 31b 4x4 1x6) SR: 129.03

Fortuin to Dhawan, SIX runs, slog-swept into oblivion. Dhawan has had enough of nudging and pushing, spots the opportunity to go big, with the ball in the slot for the slog sweep and unleashes a ferocious one to send it deep into the midwicket stands
Pretorius to Dhawan, FOUR runs, walloped straight back over the bowler's head. Suddenly feels like Dhawan and Kohli have adjusted to the slower pace after the opening burst. This was stump to stump and Dhawan took a step forward and punched it powerfully, once bounce into the boundary
Pretorius to Kohli, SIX runs, dismissed. Down the track and a flowing drive over extra cover, giving himself room and allowing the arms to swing freely through the line

Darpan Tikiya: "The ball went over the stumps after brushing the pad, yet hawk-eye showing it would have clipped the bails. @saurabh how do u explain that?" - well Hawkeye shows the projection of the ball path if pad had not got in the way. As soon as it hits something, naturally the trajectory changes from what's projected

Pretorius to Kohli, 1 leg bye, run out opportunity missed by the bowler. That was a suicidal single. Kohli was coming down the track and the ball rolls down off his pad, and the batsmen decided to go through. Pretorius ran down in his follow through and picked up the ball but his under-arm throw from almost at the crease misses the stumps! Don't think Dhawan would have made it.
Phehlukwayo to Kohli, no run, review for a caught behind. There was definitely a noise as it went between Kohli's bat and body, it could have been inside edge, or it could have been pad. replays show it's the pad. But that was a very close shout on lbw too! No caught behind but that ball was hitting the top of the stumps having flicked his back pad, and it's umpire's call by the narrowest of margins on the lbw! South Africa were looking fro a caught behind, with de Kock having dived to his left to hold it.
Phehlukwayo to Kohli, FOUR runs, on the up drive to extra cover's left off a good length ball. amazing shot, and shape
Pretorius to Kohli, FOUR runs, regal. Effortless flick off his toes through midwicket. Not the best ball, there to be picked off, but there's few who can pick them off better than Kohli
Phehlukwayo to Sharma, OUT, rapped dead in front. Looked like a slower one, and he got it to swing appreciably into Rohit. He was looking to deposit this into the legside with a flick, but completely missed it and that's an easy decision for the umpire.

RG Sharma lbw b Phehlukwayo 12 (21m 12b 0x4 2x6) SR: 100.00

Rabada to Dhawan, no run, beaten Feet rooted to the crease, this is a more testing length, zipping across him at pace and he has a waft at it
Rabada to Dhawan, FOUR runs, and now he chops it down to third man, at ease scoring in the V between third man and long-off apparently! Length ball closer to off and he almost guides it past the keeper
Rabada to Dhawan, FOUR runs, smoked through extra cover almost nonchalantly. Room outside off and he goes with his hands to drive on the up, hitting through the line and sending the ball screaming

Nortje was bowling at consistently over 145 kph last over.

Nortje to Sharma, SIX runs, slammed again. Back of a length and angling into him, he moves inside the line opens up and pulls this waaaay over square leg. When he's hitting them like that, you can't do much
Nortje to Sharma, SIX runs, imperious. That's the Rohit pull shot you can write paens about. Rocks back and slams it way over square leg, didn't even seem to try and hit it very hard.
Rabada to Dhawan, FOUR runs, magnificent timing, cuts it from fairly close to his body and sends it screaming to the backward point boundary. Nortje at the third man boundary tries to tumble and save after running square, but his body has touched the boundary triangle cushions before getting rid of the ball so that might be a four. and it is a four

India 2nd innings Partnerships

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