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Now it's win or bust for the embattled Proteas

Now it's win or bust for the embattled Proteas

India need to regroup fast and bring their "A" game in Newlands, Capetown on Saturday.

"But we are a young side and maybe we got caught up in the moment".

Their only win of the ODI series featured rain and a destructive innings from Klaasen, and on Wednesday in Centurion, both ingredients were present in a series-levelling six-wicket win in the second T20I.

Far from merely wanting to mimic Sunday's performance Van Niekerk and coach Hilton Moreeng will demand further improvement.

The 29-year-old consolidated his top position with 558 runs in the 5-1 series win over South Africa, during which he slammed three centuries.

After home captain Jean-Paul Duminy put India into bat, India's innings was lifted by a brisk 21 off nine from Rohit Sharma, who got out in the fifth delivery of the second over after edging to wicket-keeper Heinrich Klassen off debutant Junior Dala.

But it would be easier said than done.

The second T20I between India and South Africa will be played in Centurion and the live broadcast will be shown on Sony Ten Network, starting 9:30 PM. Once the match started, it seemed that Kaur's decision may have been a wrong one.

This was after being a solid 93 for two in the 12th over.

The two displayed quality shots and forged an 81-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Duminy and Behardien mixed caution with aggression to keep the scoreboard ticking over before smashing Chahal for 13 runs in his last over.

Veteran Mithali Raj too would be hungry for runs after posting a duck in her previous knock. With rain continuing to drench the stadium, the fate of the match remained uncertain. Dala finished with 2/28 from his four while Duminy and Phehlukwayo took a wicket each.

Team India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur.

With the bat, South Africa will demand a better start, even if the insurance of the big hitting Chloe Tryon is a nice weapon to have late on.

Manish Pandey was the highest scorer for India with an unbeaten 79 runs off just 48 balls.

The Indian team is still one match away from creating history in South Africa.



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