India vs South Africa 2nd T20: Kohli leads the way as India cruise past South Africa

Virat Kohli 72 not out India South Africa 2nd T20 Mohali cricket

Virat Kohli struck four boundaries and three sixes during his unbeaten knock of 72

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India captain Virat Kohli struck an unbeaten 72 to lead his side to a comfortable seven-wicket win over South Africa in the second Twenty20 International in Mohali.

Opting to bowl first, India got their first breakthrough in the fourth over as South Africa opener Reeza Hendricks was caught by Washington Sundar at mid-on off the bowling of Deepak Chahar for six runs.

Stand-in captain Quinton de Kock and debutant Temba Bavuma made up for the loss of Hendricks with a 57-run partnership, during which De Kock brought up his fifty, before he was brilliantly caught by Kohli off the bowling of Navdeep Saini for 52, which came off 37 balls and included eight boundaries.

Rassie van der Dussen fell shortly after, while Bavuma scored a 43-ball 49, which included three boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Ravindra Jadeja at mid-on off the bowling of Chahar.

With David Miller making 18, Dwaine Pretorius scoring 10 and Andile Phehlukwayo chipping with eight, South Africa finished on 149/5.

Chahar was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Saini, Jadeja and Hardik Pandya snapped up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 150 to win, India lost opener Rohit Sharma early on as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Phehlukwayo for 12 runs.

Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan steadied things with a 61-run partnership before Dhawan was caught by Miller at long-on off the bowling of Tabraiz Shamsi for 40.

Rishabh Pant fell shortly after as he was caught by Shamsi at short fine leg off the bowling of debutant Bjorn Fortuin for four runs.

However, Kohli and Shreyas Iyer mopped up the remaining runs to lead India to victory with an over to spare.

Kohli finished on 72, which came off 52 balls and included four boundaries and three sixes, while Iyer remained undefeated on 16, which came off 14 deliveries and included two boundaries.

Phehlukwayo, Shamsi and Fortuin claimed one wicket each.

Kohli was named Man of the Match.

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