India defeated South Africa by 28 runs to clinch the first T20 international and claim 1-0 lead in the three-match series. South Africa won the toss and elected to field first but the bowlers didn’t quite justify JP Duminy's decision.
The Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started the Indian innings on a thunderous note. Shikhar’s stellar knock of 72 runs helped the Men in Blue post a convincing total of 203 on board.
Dhawan’s magnificent innings included 10 fours and 2 sixes at an average of 184.61. The left-hand batsman scored his fourth half century in T-20 international matches.
The Proteas batsman while chasing the target of 204 were unable to create pressure on the Indian bowlers.
Bhuvneswar Kumar gave early jitters to the South African team and scalped five wickets to became the man of the match. Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jaydev Unadkat chipped in with one wicket each.
Riding high on confidence after a 5-1 ODI series victory, Virat Kohli and company maintained the momentum in T-20 matches as well.
Here are the highlights and SCORECARD of India vs South Africa 1st ODI:
#Bhuvneswar Kumar deserved credit for his fiery spell and was awarded the 'Man of the Match' award
#India win first T-20 international match by 28 runs, take 1-0 lead in three match series
#TeamIndia win the 1st T20I by 28 runs.BCCI (@BCCI) February 18, 2018
#OUT!! Jaydev Unadkat JOINS the party, SCALPS Phehlukwayo
#South Africa 169/4 after 19 overs
#Career best figure for Kumar in T-20
#Kumar misses a hattrick but Paterson is run out, Men in Blue manage to get a hattrick
#Bhuvneshwar is on a HATTRICK!!
#OUT!! Bhuvneshwar DISMISSES Chris Morris, South Africa lose seventh wicket
#OUT!! Bhuvneshwar STRIKES Klaasen, South Africa lose sixth wicket
#OUT!! Bhuvneshwar SCAPLS Hendricks South Africa lose fifth wicket
#South Africa 154/4 after 17 overs, need 50 runs off 18 balls
#Can South Africa pull off an upset?
#South Africa 139/4 after 16 overs, need 65 runs off 24 balls
#Heinrich Klaasen comes to the crease
#BYE-BYE Behardien!! Chahal SCAPLS Farhaan Behardien, South Africa lose fourth wicket
#Reeza Hendricks completes his first T-20 fifty
#South Africa complete 100 runs in 11.5 overs
#Ten overs have been completed, South Africa 79/3, still ned 125 runs to win off 60 balls
#South Africa 61/3 after 8 overs
#Hardik Pandya DISMISSES Miller, South Africa lose third wicket
#South Africa 38/2 after five overs, good start for India
#Bhuvneshwar is on a roll SCALPS JP Duminy, South Africa lose second wicket
#South Africa 35/1 after 4 overs
#South Africa 30/1 after 3 overs
#OUT!! Bhuvneshwar dismisses Smuts, South Africa lose first wicket
#Smuts is in mood to stop, SMASHES a six off Bhuvneshwar's ball
#South Africa 20/0 after two overs
#Jaydev Unadkat hits two back to back fours in Jaydev Unadkat's over
#South Africa 6/0 after first over
#Reeza Hendricks and JJ Smuts open innings for South Africa
#Dhawan's belligerent fifty helps India set mammoth 204- run target, South Africa need 204 runs to win
#India score 203/5 after 20 overs
#South Africa bowlers have conceded 9 wides in the Indian innings
#India 194/5 after 19 overs, just one over to go
#Don't take Pandya so lightly Proteas! The all-rounder smashes another four
#Hardik Pandya comes to the crease, hits a four in his second ball
#Chris Morris dismisses MS Dhoni, India lose fifth wicket, can they go past 200?
#India 183/4 after 18 overs, two more overs to go
#India 175/4 after 17 overs, only three more overs to go
# MS Dhoni comes to the crease, can he take India to a convincing total?
#Shikhar Dhawan departs for 72, the star batsman played a stellar knock
#India 138/3 after 13 overs
#India 128/3 after 12 overs
#Shikhar Dhawan completes his fourth T-20 half century
#Brilliant start by India but they should not loose wickets at regular intervals
#India 111/3 after ten overs
#Manish Pandey comes to the crease
#India lose third wicket as in-form Kohli departs
#Tabraiz Shamsi dismisses Virat Kohli who goes out for 26
#India complete 100 runs in 8.2 overs
#India 98/2 after eight overs
#Virat Kohli is in no mood to spare the South African bowlers, SMASHES a six
#What was it!! Behardien just dropped Virat Kohli, will this cost South Africa the match
#India 78/2 after six overs. end of powerplay
#Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli are unstoppable, decimate South African bowlers
#India 60/2 after five overs
#Virat Kohli comes to the crease, all eyes on the skipper
#OH NO!! Suresh Raina goes out for 15, India lose second wicket
#Raina is on a ROLL, hits a four off Dala's ball
# Six!! Raina also joins the party. gets a short ball and hit it trademark style over midwicket.
# Here comes the man of T20, Suresh Raina.
# OUT!! End of Rohit's fiery innings. The ball took an extra bounce and kissed a thin edge of his bat.
# FOUR!! One more boundary for the hitman.
END OF OVER:1 | 18 Runs | INDIA: 18/0 | RR: 18.00
# Oh My goodness, Four more... Rohit Sharma is in the disatrous mood today. Going after every delivery like a beast. Brace yourself for some records peeps.
# Another six!! What he ate in the breakfast today. Did someone in the South African team has made him angry this morning? Rohit is looking in a different mood today.
# Bang!! Start with a six!! Rohit Sharma opens the innings with a maximum. Seems like he started from where he finished his innings in the 5th ODI.
South Africa (Playing XI): JJ Smuts, Reeza Hendricks, Jean-Paul Duminy(c), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi
# South Africa have won the toss and they have decided to bowl first. For South Africa, ABD is out due to injury while Suresh Raina is making a come back to the Indian team after a long time.