Virat Kohli played a captain’s knock to lead India to an emphatic victory against South Africa at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Kohli, 30, registered his 22nd T20I half-century and also reclaimed his position in the top of the T20I batting charts as the world’s highest Twenty20 run-scorer. But it was just not his batting, Kohli also earned a lot of praises from fans for his spectacular effort in the field. His catch, along with David Miller’s superhuman effort and Ravindra Jadeja’s stunning returning catch, was the talking point of the IND vs SA 2nd T20I game. But if Kohli, Miller and Jadeja garnered all the praises, Rishabh Pant once again fell at the wrong end after another disappointing outing. South Africa Vs India, Highlights And Cricket Score 2nd T20I Match.
Kohli took a stunning one-handed catch to remove South African skipper Quinton de Kock (52) from the bowling of Navdeep Saini. De Kock, who steadied the South African innings after the early dismissal of Reeza Hendricks, was involved in a 60-run stand with Temba Bavuma. De Kock, looking to go big in the 12th over but only managed to sky it towards mid-off where Kohli grabbed a one-handed stunner. India vs South Africa, 2nd T20I Stat Highlights: Virat Kohli’s Half-Century Helps Men in Blue Seal Victory By Seven Wickets.
Virat Kohli Takes a Stunner
— Prasanna Urankar (@PrasannaUrankar) September 18, 2019
Another record broken!
Virat Kohli has now scored more runs in men's T20Is than any other cricketer 👏 👏 pic.twitter.com/1fBBGJjyOQ
— ICC (@ICC) September 18, 2019
Kohli Averages Above 50
Virat Kohli once again averages over 50 in all three international formats 🔥
(📸 BCCI ) pic.twitter.com/jRdZRhCkTq
— MD.SHARIQUE-CRICKET (@imMDsharique) September 18, 2019
Run Machine For a Reason
Only Batsman to have 50+ average in all 3 formats of cricket in this generation.
— V I P E R™ (@TheViper_OffI) September 18, 2019
Like Kohli, David Miller also took a one-handed spectacular catch in the 12th over of the India innings. Miller’s stunning catch was to remove Shikhar Dhawan, who along with Kohli was taking India closer to victory. Dhawan, who was nearing his fifty, stepped out to smash Tabraiz Shamsi out of the park but couldn’t connect properly. But despite his poor connection, the ball seemed destined to go over the long-on boundary. But Miller appeared out of nowhere and grabbed the ball out of thin air. His catch left everyone, including Kohli and Dhawan astonished.
David Miller Takes a Spectacular Catch
What a Miller-acle!!
— 🏏 Sports Trend India🏏 (@SportsTrend_IND) September 18, 2019
But while fans praised Kohli and Miller, they were left disappointed by Rishabh Pant. Pant was out for a five-ball four runs after attempting to smash debutant Fortuin out of the park only end up in offering a simple catch to Shasmi at short fine-leg. The 21-year-old, who has been criticised for swinging his bat at every delivery, showed another instance on immaturity. Pant left fans disappointed after once again trying to go big early into his innings.
Man of the Match is Rishabh Pant
Well played boy pic.twitter.com/KrxXTSF0VE
— Sajan Randhawa💙 (@SAJAN_Aamirian) September 18, 2019
Rishabh Pant's Batting Technique
Rishabh Pant's batting technique pic.twitter.com/AXW4dpG1JN
— Arun LoL (@dhaikilokatweet) September 18, 2019
Like Pant, Rohit Sharma, who a day later would celebrate his 12th anniversary as a Twenty20 international cricketer, also failed to score big. The “Hitman” of Indian cricket was out for a run-a-ball 12 on the eve of completing 12 years as a T20 international player.
Number "12" is Just Not Avoidable
— H..!! (@AhirHari07) September 18, 2019
1 Day of Matching Numbers
— Uma Shankar Mahato (@88umashankar) September 18, 2019
He Just Had to Jinx It
— Sha🏹 (@shah_teer) September 18, 2019
Rohit Perished But Not Before Showing a Glimpse
Stand & Deliver - Rohit Sharma style https://t.co/pfOWEFriYH
— jaffir (@jaffiii) September 18, 2019
12 Years of Hitman In T20Is
#12YearsOfHitmanInT20I Rohit Sharma In T20Is
136.91 Strike Rate
— Manisankar Rohit45 (@ManiRohit45) September 18, 2019
India took an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. The first T20I was washed out without a ball being bowled, while India beat South Africa by seven wickets and an over in hand to take a 1-0 lead. The final T20I game will be played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on September 22, 2019.