118dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Klaasen, Duminy fifties help South Africa draw level

Half-centuries from Heinrich Klaasen and JP Duminy helped South Africa chase down 189 with eight balls remaining

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MK Pandey
79(48) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 22 runs
  • 1x4 - 3x6
9 4 4 4 5 6 11 36
H Klaasen
69(30) 3x4 - 7x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 23 runs
  • 1x4 - 3x6
2 1 4 12 7 3 15 25

Best performances - Bowlers

CJ Dala
O4
M1
R28
W2
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JD Unadkat
O3.4
M0
R42
W2
Eco11.45
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

3-match series level 1-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.20 Interval 19.20-19.40, Second Session 19.40-21.00

Match days

21 February 2018 - night match (20-over match)

T20I debut

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Varun Shetty

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JP Duminy: At the toss we spoke about this being a semi-final and taking the series to Newlands. We kept our composure with the bat after taking early wickets. I just thought the way Klaasen came and played with freedom - we kept up with the rate. It was raining pretty similarly in our innings as well but I was comfortable when we were ahead of the rate. [The maiden first over] really set the tone. They came at us but the key for us was taking the wickets and we got three up front. To chase down 189 is a pretty good effort. It'll be nice to play in front of him home crowd [in the next match] and hopefully we put up a spectacle there.

Klaasen: It's really special, at my home ground - it was something I dreamt of as a kid. [About his various sweeps] Not a wicketkeeper thing, you just gotta put the bowler under pressure and show them your skills. I've got a cool, calm head at the moment and I'm pleased with my cricket over the last year and a half.

Heinrich Klaasen is the Man of the Match.

Virat Kohli: It was a tough one for the bowlers. We were looking at 175 with the loss of early wickets. Manish and Raina batted well and then Manish and MS got us to 190. I thought it was a winning total. Then the weather made it hard for the bowlers. Till the 12th over it was fine but the drizzle made it bad. South Africa took calculated risks, credit to them. [About the conditions] We didn't really have problems with the conditions, it was a constant drizzle, was fine to play. We expect them to show a fight and show some heart and they deserved to win tonight.


WATCH - Duminy wins it with a six (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)


Amaresh: "Good match... Enjoyed the DLS thrills too... "

Samrat Ahuja: "Fantastic innings under pressure by Duminy! Leading his side to victory! Supported Klaasen well, took over when Klaasen got dismissed, and also got wicket of Dhawan when he was starting to score freely! Match winning performance!"

Tahir: "India were already short of few runs when Kohli missed out. SA missed out last game narrowly but this time they tailored the chase with tight bowling. Pandey's effort looks useless. It was hard to mess with Dumini while Klassen showed his class again."

Prem: "Kohli has a long way to go as a captain. The way MSD used to, making decisions on the field as opposed to conventional textbook practices. "

vipra: "Penultimate over should be bowled by best bowler and it was Bhuvi! and now, the score card read 1 over from him left unused! Pedestrian captaincy today .."

Tony: "Great chase by SA. Klassen/Duminy all class. Hard luck to Dhoni and Pandey on ending up on losing side after good knocks. After quite a few win, Chahal lost this match for India. He may be getting fatigued. He might need to be rested for next game."

9:21pm South Africa have a shot at the series. The teams shake hands as they walk off. My colleague Sid Monga has an observation: "Once again, Kohli keeps his best bowler for the last. Once again, India's best bowler has bowled the fewest overs."
But how good were South Africa? The promotion of Klaasen, the annihilation of Chahal, and Duminy steering the chase from one end. All this followed a batting innings that had put the momentum completely in India's favour. But remember, they snuck in two maidens there as well. It all adds up in the end. It's going to be a good one in Cape Town.

18.4
6
Unadkat to Duminy, SIX runs, in style! South Africa win with eight balls to spare. Unadkat goes for the yorker but ends up putting in an overpitched ball on leg stump. Duminy leans back, gets the front leg out of the way and lifts it over the wide long-on boundary
18.3
6
Unadkat to Duminy, SIX runs, full toss swatted over square leg. Duminy steps out and suddenly realises he's running at one that could catch him flush in the mid-riff. But he shows incredibly fast hands to get under this and send it sailing
18.2
1
Unadkat to Behardien, 1 run, offcutter, short and wide outside off. Slashed to third man off the thick outside edge
18.2
1w
Unadkat to Behardien, 1 wide, short of a length and wide outside off. Left alone
18.1
2
Unadkat to Behardien, 2 runs, offcutter outside off at a length. Waits for it to arrive and uses his wrists to pull this down to deep square leg

Around the wicket

END OF OVER:
18 | 10 Runs | SA: 173/4 (16 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.61, RRR: 8.00)

  • JP Duminy52 (38b)
  • F Behardien13 (8b)
  • SN Thakur4-0-31-1
  • B Kumar3-0-19-0

Prem: "@nakul - that's not true. Everyone is a professional and should accept when they are not having a good day. Should learn a trick from SA using more than 5 bowlers."

17.6
4
Thakur to Duminy, FOUR runs, an inside edge of the highest quality to bring up a much-needed fifty for JP Duminy. Slower ball at a length outside off. Swipes across the line and gets it past Dhoni

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st24RR HendricksJT Smuts
2nd14JP DuminyRR Hendricks
3rd93JP DuminyH Klaasen
4th10JP DuminyDA Miller
5th48JP DuminyF Behardien