Full-strength India thump beleaguered, under-strength hosts

Brief scores: India 203/5 (Shikhar Dhawan 72, Manish Pandey 29, Virat Kohli 26; Junior Dala 2 for 47) beat South Africa 175/9 (Reeza Hendricks 70, Farhaan Behardien 39; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5 for 24) by 28 runs

1st T20, statistical highlights

  • India won the first of the three T20Is by 28 runs, registering their seventh overall win against South Africa in this format. They have also now won four of the five T20Is played against this host on their soil. This was South Africa’s third straight loss at the Wanderers, a run which began in March 2016.
  • Batting first, India recorded their highest total against South Africa (203/5), surpassing the 199/5 they had set the Proteas, also when batting first, at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala in 2015, when South Africa were on a full tour of India.
  • The key to making this score was India getting off to a really quick start with a flurry of sixes of fours, off the bats of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. India made 78 runs in the powerplay and this is now their highest powerplay score, bettering the previous best of 77 against Sri Lanka in 2009.
  • One of the opening batsmen from both teams scored half-centuries: for India, Shikhar Dhawan made his fourth T20I half-century (a 39-ball 72) and Reeza Hendricks, playing his tenth Twenty20 International, scored his maiden half-century (a 50-ball 70), though he couldn’t power the Proteas to a victory.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the wrecker-in-chief with the ball, taking 5 for 24 in four overs and helping India take the lead this series. This is now Bhuvneshwar’s best bowling figures in T20 International cricket, better his previous best of 3 for 9 against Pakistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru in his debut series. This UP seamer won the man of the match award.
  • Virat Kohli, captaining India for the 12th time in a Twenty20 International, registered his seventh win.

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