Team India is marching strong in South Africa with continued and merciless domination, which seeped in from the ODI series into the T20I series as well. While India shut the Proteas down in the 1st T20I riding on an excellent 5-wicket haul by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will be the key performer in the 2nd T20I in Centurion.
India showing no mercy over South Africa
Writing in his column for the Times of India, Sunil Gavaskar said that the South Africa bowlers were inexperienced, and so, they didn’t know how to stop the in-form and dominating Team India even with the new ball. Gavaskar said that while Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan got off to a flying start, the usually excellent fielders, the Proteas, were seen dropping catches and mis-fielding runs.
“Having an inexperienced new ball attack didn’t help as the Proteas didn’t know what hit them as Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got the team off to a flying start. Virat Kohli then showed he can play the aerial shots as well clobber the ball into the stands. It was breathtaking stuff and it was little wonder to see the usually brilliant Proteas fielding unit dropping catches, fumbling with the ball and giving away extra runs.”
India had set a target score of 204 for the Proteas while batting first, and when the South African team came to chase the target, which required them to score at least 10 runs per over, their task was made even more difficult due to Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah’s tight bowling spells.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 5-wicket haul tottered the Proteas batsmen
While Bumrah didn’t take any wicket, he only gave 32 runs in his spell of 4 overs, giving a decent economy of 8. On the other hand, however, Bhuvneshwar Kumar more than compensated for the other Indian bowlers, when he took 5 wickets in 4 overs, for jus 24 runs, registering an excellent economy of 6. Gavaskar said,
“Chasing over 10 runs an over is a Herculean task for any team but was made even more mountainous by the tight opening spell from Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. Though Hendricks and Behardien had a good partnership they didn’t have the finishing power and India won with plenty to spare.”
Gavaskar expects Chahal to be the star of 2nd T20I
The 2nd T20I of the 3-match series will take place in Centurion at the SuperSport Park, which is a wicket known to aid the spinners more than the pacers. Acknowledging this factor, Sunil Gavaskar said that India’s top-class wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will be the key bowler in the 2nd T20I.
“The Centurion pitch will help the spinners a little more as was seen in the last one-day game last week, so Chahal will be a key bowler again in the middle overs. Virat Kohli had left the field with a niggle so hopefully he will be fully fit to pile on the misery once again for South Africans.”
If India continue to follow their trend of South Africa’s domination in the 2nd T20I as well, it will be a great opportunity for the Men in Blue to seal the series win, as the 1st T20I of the 3-match series is in their bag already.