2nd T20I Live: De Kock, Bavuma lead SA charge

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50 for Quinton de Kock! What a breathtaking knock this has been so far. Terrific captaincy debut for De Kock as he gets to his third T20I fifty. Gets there in quick time as well, in just 35 balls. Hits Ravindra Jadeja in the deep square leg region for a boundary to gets past 50.

9.5 overs: FOUR! FOUR! Hardik Pandya is not looking in control at the moment. Short and wide outside off on both the occasions from Hardik and Temba Bavuma places the ball beautifully in the gap to collect two fours.

8.5 overs: FOUR! Short and on the legs from Ravindra Jadeja and Quinton de Kock whacks the ball behind square to collect another boundary. De Kock has now moved into the 40’s. SA 63/1

7.5 overs: SIX! First one of the match. Short pitched delivery from Hardik Pandya and Temba Bavuma pounces onto that one. Hits it in the deep in front of square to collect six runs. 50 also comes up for South Africa with that monstrous strike. SA 55/1

End of Powerplay overs as South Africa score 39 in the first six. De Kock is leading South Africa run-scoring with 33 out of the 39 runs. Temba Bavuma, who has played just three balls is yet to get off the mark.

5.3 overs: FOUR! Cracking shot from Quinton de Kock. Once again De Kock clears his front leg and drives Deepak Chahar through extra covers to collect his sixth boundary. De Kock has now moved onto 32 off just 20 balls.

End of 5th over: Tidy over from Washington Sundar comes to an end. Just one run from it. Reeza Hendricks’ wicket has some what applied brakes on South Africa’s charge.

3.4 overs: OUT! Breakthrough for India as Deepak Chahar strikes in his second over. Poor shot selection from Reeza Hendricks as he tries to go over the in-field. Gets no timing as Washington Sundar at mid on completes a simple catch. SA 31/1

2.3 overs: FOUR! This is poor from Navdeep Saini. Third consecutive boundary for Quniton de Kock. Saini straying on either sides at the moment and De Kock is making the most of it. Flying start for the South African skipper and his team. SA 23/0

2.1 overs: FOUR! First ball is 144 km/hr from Navdeep Saini and the ball flies over vacant second slip region to the fence.

End of 2nd over: Dot ball to end the over. Reeza Hendricks collects a boundary on the fourth ball of the over. Change in bowling for India. Navdeep Saini comes in to replace Sundar.

1.3 overs: Beaten! Cracker from Deepak Chahar. Reeza Hendricks had no clue about that one. The ball shapes away after pitching. Just misses the outside edge of Hendrick’s bat.

End of 1st over: South Africa collect six runs from Washington Sundar’s first over. Deepak Chahar will share the new ball with Sundar from the other end. SA 6/0

0.3 overs: FOUR! Over pitched from Sundar and Quniton de Kock smacks the ball through extra covers to collect four runs. Places the ball beautifully into the gap. SA 5/0

0.2 overs: First runs on the board for South Africa. On the pads from Washington Sundar and Reeza Hendricks pushes the ball towards the square leg region to get off the mark. SA 1/0

Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks are out in the middle to start the innings for South Africa. Off spinner Washington Sundar will start the proceedings for India. Here we go!

Both teams are out in the middle along with the match officials for national anthems. We are just minutes away from the start.

Playing XI for both teams

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini

South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w/c), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

Captains at the toss

Quinton de Kock: Everything’s new at the moment for me – a lot more press conferences and interviews. It’s a new experience and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Me, KG, Miller – we’ve played here a couple of times. Whatever we’ve learnt in the past years, we are just making sure that the youngsters are learning from us. We had a long camp before the series. The boys are very hungry to play. Competitiveness should very high. We have three debutants. Anrich Nortje, Bjorn Fortuin and Temba Bavuma comes in at No. 3.

Virat Kohli: We are gonna bowl first. Looks like a fresh wicket. The surface is a bit dry. Any kind of dew in the second half on this ground, it’s very difficult to defend. It’s a great chasing ground and hence we’re fielding first. It’s a typical Mohali pitch – nice, hard surface. Pretty okay covering of grass, that’s been the case with Mohali over the years. In this ground as many as you score, one good phase and the game can get away from you. The pitch is gonna play well throughout the game. That (his knock against Australia in the 2016 WT20) is one of the best matches I have been part of. This ground has given me and the team great memories and tonight is another great opportunity to get a good game under our belt. We have been trying out a few youngsters in the last series as well. KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Khaleel Ahmed and Rahul Chahar miss out. Rest are playing.

Team news

KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Khaleel Ahmed and Rahul Chahar miss out and rest of the XI are playing in the team. For South Africa, there are three debutants in form of Anrich Nortje, Bjorn Fortuin and Temba Bavuma.

Toss news: India skipper Virat Kohli wins the toss and opts to bowl first against South Africa in Mohali.

Pitch Report: “Average score is 185 here. It looks dry and won’t turn much. We don’t see any green covering at all. It won’t excite the fast bowlers. Because of the black patches, the odd ball might keep low. Very little support for the spinners. The cracks won’t be too much of a problem,” say Sunil Gavaskar and Shaun Pollock.

Team India is all set to seize the advantage!

Hello and welcome to the live updates of the second T20I of the three-match series between India and South Africa in Mohali.
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