Handed a defeat in the first Twenty20 International, a determined India will look to plug the loopholes in bowling and bounce back in a must-win second T20 of the three-match series against South Africa here on Monday.
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India star batsman Virat Kohli became the fastest player to score 1000 T20 runs in terms of innings (29) played in international cricket. Virat who needed 28 runs to complete 1000 runs, scored 43 on Friday in the first T20 game of the three-match series against South Africa in Dharamsala.
Welcome to our live coverage from the first Twenty20 International match of the Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela series between India and South Africa being played at the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharmasala.
India might not have played T20 cricket for quite some time, their last match being the T20 final against Sri Lanka last year, but the Men in Blue will be looking to make a winning start against Faf du Plessis & Co in the first match.
In an apparent jibe at Test captain Virat Kohli's brand of aggression, India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said "exchanging words or physical contact" was not his idea of aggression and it was imperative for his team to play within the rules.
South Africa, are one of those sides, who are known to play quality cricket all across the world. As they lock horns with MS Dhoni-led India in the three-match T-20 series beginning from October 2, despite the loss in the warm-up game against India A, Faf du Plessis and his boys would be confident since they are not alien to Indian conditions.
Rohit Sharma says the Indian team is not reading too much into South Africa's surprise loss in the warm-up game and feels it will be a big challenge to beat of "one of the most consistent sides across formant" when the series begins with the T20 International here on Friday.
South Africa are a tough team to beat on any ground in any part of the world. But as they take on the Indian cricket team in upcoming T20 series, here are a few reasons why MS Dhoni and his boys have an upper hand.
As India gear up for a long series at home against South Africa starting from October 2, the prime focus will be on its spinners in all three formats of the game. India host the Proteas in the Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela series that comprises three T20s, five ODIs and four Tests.