Shikhar Dhawan’s 72 off 39 balls was the difference in the end as India beat South Africa by 28 runs in the opening Twenty20 international at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday. India had won the ODI series 5-1. In the end, it was a comprehensive win for India, who posted 203 for five after being put into bat.
India batted first and got off to an absolute rollicking start with Rohit Sharma clearing the boundary at will. Rohit hit 2 sixes and as many fours, smashing 21 off just nine balls. South Africa after a slow start was always chasing shadows and the target proved beyond their reach courtesy some splendid bowling from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who ended with career-best T20I figures of 5/24.
Rohit’s joy, however, was shortlived as he became Junior Dala’s first international wicket. Dhawan was in no mood for letting up and carried on the onslaught accompanied by captain Virat Kohli.
While Dhawan was stacked South African bowlers in his own style, Kohli hit some trademark drives to signal his intent.
Kohli, who has been some scintillating form in South Africa, got a reprieve with Farhan Behardien dropping him at long-on when batting on 10.