India captain Virat Kohli led from the front with an unbeaten 72 to help secure his team’s comprehensive seven-wicket victory over South Africa in the second Twenty20 International on Wednesday.
After disciplined Indian bowling restricted the touring side to a below-par 149-5, Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan (40) helped the hosts chase down the target with an over to spare in Mohali.
After the series opener in Dharamsala was washed out, Quinton de Kock made his debut as South Africa’s Twenty20 captain as they explore leadership options before the 20-overs World Cup next year.
The left-hander top-scored with 52 and Temba Bavuma contributed 49 but the subsequent South African batsmen could not capitalise on the decent start.
Andile Phehlukwayo dismissed Rohit before Kohli and Dhawan effectively killed off the contest, Kohli hitting three sixes in his 52-ball knock.
Bengaluru hosts the third and final match on Sunday before the teams clash in a three-test series next month.
SCORES IN BRIEF:
SOUTH AFRICA: 149 for 5 (De Kock 52, Bavuma 49; Chahar 2-22)
INDIA: 151 for 3 in 19 overs (Kohli 72 not out, Dhawan 40; Phehlukwayo 1-20)
Result: India won by 7 wickets and lead the lead three-match series 1-0