South Africa bites back in the Second T20Is, Level the series 1-1
South Africa bites back in the Second T20Is, Level the series 1-1


It was Manish Pandey hit the headlines back then after becoming the first Indian batsman to score a century in the IPL and now after almost ten years, he endured a bittersweet return to the venue on Wednesday (February 22). Pandey spark with an unbeaten impressive half-century but still ended up on the losing side. Heinrich Klaasen and JP Duminy put together a sensational partnership of 93 runs off 50 balls to help SA to a much needed six wickets victory over India in the second T20 in Centurion on Wednesday night.

As a result, the 3rd and final match at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday will be the decider as this series is tantalisingly poised 1-1 after India won the opener Johannesburg on Sunday. Indian opening batsmen Shikhar Dhawan (24 off 14) came to the party and beat up Chris Morris for two fours and as many sixes in the third over to up the stake. Suresh Raina (31 off 24) matched his partner stroke for stroke and hit right-arm pacer Dane Peterson for three boundaries in the next over to take India to 40 for one after four overs.

Despite the result, Pandey would have been pleased to have finally made an impact with opportunities arriving rarely. Having not played even a single ODI on the tour, Pandey finally received a chance in the T20I series with the first game not going according to plan. Pandey made only an unbeaten 29 off 27 balls in the first game before raising the bar at Centurion.


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