Centurion T20I: Indian eves elect to field first against Proteas


Not just him, it is Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who clinched the incredible 5 wickets becoming the only Indian to get 5 wickets haul in all three formats of cricket.On a whole, this duo played a vital role in India's win against South Africa in the opening Twenty20 worldwide.

The fifth and final T20 worldwide will be played in Cape Town on February 24.

Both teams had to contend with a wet ball, with drizzle falling during both innings. Duminy, Chris Morris, and Heinrich Klaasen will have to up their game.

The wicketkeeper-batsman, who only got his global debut after Quinton de Kock was injured during the second of six one-day internationals, was moved up the batting order when it seemed possible rain would cause the match to be decided on a Duckworth/Lewis/Stern calculation.

Ismail, 29, said her match-winning figures of 5/30 came through controlling and harnessing aggression. "In the end it worked in our favour".

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South Africa will be without AB de Villiers, the 34-year-old has been ruled out of the series with a knee injury but is poised to return for the Sky Live four-Test series at home to Australia from March 1. The third and fourth delivery saw the ball going to the fence for consecutive boundaries and the next delivery gave Dhoni a couple of runs to complete his second T20I fifty.

For India, Right-arm fast bowler Shardul Thakur will make his T20I debut to replace Jasprit Bumrah in the Playing XI. In the first three overs there were lots of cuts and pulls so maybe we could have changed a bit. "It was constant drizzle, it wasn't too drastic, so it was fine to play on". Only Indian skipper Virat Kohli has scored the more runs (558) in the ODI series than Dhawan. "They utilised the conditions very well, sometimes even better than the South Africans".

Speaking further on the performance of the latest spin duo, he said, "Wrist spinners are bowling well, you have to pick their line and length, sometimes they, the south Africans struggle, especially in one-day cricket". Now Chahal, playing as the lone specialist spinner, endured another hard night, going for 64 - the most by an India bowler in a T20I - in his four overs. Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav took one wicket.

Dhoni, who finished on 52 not out, was batting on 35 when he came onto strike on the second ball of the 20th over after Manish Pandey hit a ball towards mid-wicket and could only manage a single.