Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s five wickets for 24 runs at the Wanderers is our Play of the Day.
India’s impressive T20 win over South Africa was not built on a solid Virat Kohli innings, but instead on a well-played batting performance by Shikhar Dhawan, and some brilliant bowling by Kumar.
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It was Kumar’s performance with the ball which severely restricted South Africa’s batsmen and he walked away with the Man of the Match award, but Dhawan would have felt he was also in with a chance after scoring 72 off 39 balls.
Kumar decimated South Africa’s top order by removing Jon-Jon Smuts, skipper JP Duminy and Reeza Hendricks.
Smuts was on 14 off just 12 balls when he was caught by Dhawan off the bowling of Kumar, which was the first big blow to the Proteas.
Removing Dummy for just 3 would have given the Indians a massive lift as the captain, along with David Miller, were the crucial wickets that they needed in order to get the upper hand in the contest.
It was Kumar who removed Hendricks, South Africa’s most dangerous player on the day.
South Africa were left reeling at 154-5 with under two overs to play, and from then on, the game’s result was purely academic.
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