Klaasen, Duminy Power S Africa To Series-Levelling Victory


Capetown: India-188/4 South Africa-189/4

Captain JP Duminy and Heinrich Klaasen scored quick-fire half-centuries as South Africa beat India by six wickets in the second Twenty20 International at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday night.

With this win, the three-match series is locked at 1-1 and the final T20I will be played in Cape Town on Saturday. Set a challenging target of 189, South Africa rode on Klaasen’s 69 off 30 deliveries and skipper Duminy’s unbeaten 64 off 40 balls to chase down the score in 18.4 overs.

The South African wicket-keeper hit three boundaries and seven sixes in his belligerent knock and stitched a 93-run partnership stand with Duminy to put the Proteas in the driver’s seat. Duminy smashed four boundaries and three sixes in his unbeaten knock.

After bringing South Africa in sight of victory, Klaasen finally departed when he top-edged a Jaydev Unadkat delivery straight to MS Dhoni behind the stumps in the 14th over.

Thereafter Duminy took the onus on himself to guide South Africa home and together with Farhaan Behardien (16 not out) shared unconquered 48 runs for the fifth wicket to seal the series-levelling victory. Duminy was cool as cucumber as he never panicked after Klaasen’s dismissal and finished off the chase in style with two consecutive sixes of Unadkat.

Put into bat, Manish Pandey and Dhoni slammed brilliant half-centuries to guide India to a challenging 188 for four. While Pandey remained unbeaten on 79 off 48 balls, Dhoni made 52 off 28 deliveries.