India vs South Africa, 1st T20: Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar take India to 28-run win

India vs South Africa, 1st T20: Shikhar Dhawan dominated with the bat for India and Bhuvneshwar Kumar did so with the ball. In the end, India continued their dominance over South Africa to win by 28 runs.

India vs South Africa live India vs South Africa, 1st T20: India inflicted early damage in T20 series against South Africa. (Source: BCCI)

India’s intentions of what they wanted to do was made very clear in the very first over when Rohit Sharma went hammer and tongs. India earned a thumping start to put South Africa under early pressure and despite a less-than-desired finish, they had done enough to put the hosts on the backfoot. Shikhar Dhawan’s 72 runs carried India to 203/5 with some crucial cameo appearances by everyone in the middle. In reply, South Africa were three down quickly before Behardien and Hendricks put together 81 runs to keep them alive and chase a probable effort. However as the asking rate continued to rise, Yuzvendra Chahal provided the breakthrough before Bhuvneshwar Kumar ran through the lower middle order. Bhuvi picked up his best T20 figures with a fifer and ensured India romped home without a fuss and a 28 run win. India take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

India vs South Africa, Score and Updates, 1st T20:

  1. 9:27PM
    18 Feb, 18

    INDIA BEAT SOUTH AFRICA BY 28 RUNS TO WIN FIRST T20I IN JOHANNESBURG. India: 203/5 beat South Africa: 175/9 by 28 runs to take 1-0 lead in three-match series

  2. 9:26PM
    18 Feb, 18
    Phehlukwayo gone!

    Jaydev Unadkat finally gets a wicket. A slower ball at length delivery, tries to clear the long off region but only ends up slicing it to Chahal at covers. 

  3. 9:24PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Jaydev Unadkat to bowl the final over of the South Africa chase. 35 runs needed. First ball goes for a boundary. No run on the second and double on the third. 

  4. 9:16PM
    18 Feb, 18
    RUN OUT!

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar doesn't get the hat-trick but India get the wicket. Slashed away by Paterson, misfield by Pandya but he is quick to recover and throw at Dhoni's end who is on it like a flash to take away the bails. South Africa are 159/8

  5. 9:14PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Best T20 figures for Bhuvneshwar Kumar with that fourth wicket. And now he has five. And on a hat-trick. Almost a replica of the Klaasen dismissal. Chris Morris walks back. Raina the fielder again but this time he just about holds on. Finger tips in the end. South Africa: 158/7

  6. 9:13PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets his fourth wicket. Klaasen tries to clear the boundary but ends up sending it straight down Raina's throat. Didn't even have to move from the long-on position. South Africa are 158/6 in the 18th over

  7. 9:11PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Big, big wicket for India to breathe easier now. Hendricks gets the top edge to a Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivery. MS Dhoni calls for it and MS Dhoni takes it comfortably. A leg cutter outside off and Hendricks' fight comes to an end. Departs for 70 from 50 balls. Game, set, match India? South Africa are 154/5

  8. 9:09PM
    18 Feb, 18
    Pandya goes for 15 runs

    15 runs from Pandya's 17th over and South Africa stay in the hunt. A four and six to end the over. South Africa are 154/4 in 17 overs. EQUATION: 50 runs from 18 balls

  9. 9:06PM
    18 Feb, 18

    From BCCI Media Manager: "Virat Kohli has a slight left hip problem. He is being monitored by the physio. Nothing serious"

  10. 9:00PM
    18 Feb, 18

    India needed that wicket. That one wicket to break the partnership and the momentum that South Africa had garnered. Yuzvendra Chahal provides that as Behardien walks back after scoring 39 runs from 27 balls. Got to the pitch of the ball but didn't time it properly and is picked up by Pandey at long-on. South Africa are 129/4 after 15 overs

  11. 8:55PM
    18 Feb, 18
    Kohli off the field

    Virat Kohli is getting some treatment in the dugout. He;s off the field of play and seeing South Africa taking control of things now. Ankle trouble apparently for the skipper. Physio seated right next to him. South Africa are 121/3 in 14 overs. Bumrah goes for 9 runs. Good recovery after going for a six on the first ball

  12. 8:51PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Hendricks brings up his first T20 fifty. 51 from 37 balls with five boundaries and a six. A double to get there. How important it may prove to be in the end and in South Africa's chase in the end? Will it take the hosts to a win? South Africa: 112/3 in 13 overs

  13. 8:46PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Hendricks and Behardien are giving South Africa some much needed life in this chase. Chahal facing the brunt of the big hitting. After Behardien's boundary, Hendricks joins in with consecutive boundaries. 14 runs from the 12th over. South Africa are 103/3 in 12 overs. 101 needed from 48 balls

  14. 8:23PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Another slower ball, another South Africa batsman fails to pick it, another catch. Dhawan with his second take and David Miller departs for 9 from 5 balls. Hardik Pandya the bowler this time. Rolls his fingers over the ball at the last minute, Miller was on to the shot in an attempt at clearing the long off boundary but is taken by Dhawan at mid-on. South Africa are 48/3 in 7th over

  15. 8:16PM
    18 Feb, 18

    South Africa had a massive task to chase 204 runs in the 20 overs and it has become even tougher as the skipper and explosive JP Duminy walks back. Another slower one by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and this time he gets Duminy. A leg cutter from Bhuvi, Duminy is quick to his shot and gets the elevation on it but not the distance. Raina runs back and takes a good catch. Raina runs from midwicket towards the rope to hold on. South Africa are 38/2 in 5 overs

  16. 8:05PM
    18 Feb, 18

    After a strong start, South Africa lose their first wicket. JJ Smuts is undone by Bhuvneshwar Kumar's knuckle ball. Slower one that by Bhuvi and the South Africa opener went at it early. Takes the leading edge and goes up in the air. Judged well by Dhawan to hold on. SOUTH AFRICA 29/1

  17. 7:35PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Dane Paterson to bowl the final over of India's innings. Over begins with India on 194/5. Good final over for South Africa. No boundary in the final over but two doubles. INDIA: 203/5 in 20 OVERS.  This is India's highest T20I score against South Africa. 

  18. 7:32PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Hardik Pandya doesn't need time to get himself settled in the middle. After a dot ball, he smacks Chris Morris for two consecutive boundaries. The second is a yorker and Pandya is on it like a flash to send it for a boundary. Morris looks almost surprised with that outcome. INDIA: 194/5 in 19 OVERS

  19. 7:29PM
    18 Feb, 18

    MS Dhoni moves away from the off stump, tries to play it down but misses it completely. Chris Morris strikes. Expected a wide yorker again but this time it is on the leg stump. INDIA ARE 183/5 IN 19th OVER

  20. 7:23PM
    18 Feb, 18

    MS Dhoni after six runs in six balls adds a four to his inning. A low delivery, outside the off stump by Chris Morris and it is sliced away for a boundary. Nothing that the fielder at third man could do to run and prevent that. INDIA 175/4 in 17 overs

  21. 7:21PM
    18 Feb, 18

    After going for just seven runs, Shamsi errs in the field to let Manish Pandey bat on. Moves to his right at short fine leg and lets this go from his grasp

  22. 7:12PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Shikhar Dhawan goes for 72 runs from 39 balls. A little shuffle, tried to sweep over the keeper but smart bowling by Phehlukwayo to bowl a slower one. Dhawan was well into the shot but the ball never came as quickly as the Indian opener expected. Gets some on his shot and Klaasen dives forward to take the catch. INDIA 155/4 in 14.4 overs

  23. 7:07PM
    18 Feb, 18
    Junior Dala returns to attack

    Junior Dala is back into the attack. He had two wickets in his first spell in T20 cricket. This time he concedes 11 runs as Shikhar Dhawan continues his thumping hitting. Two boundaries in that over. India are 149/3 in 14 overs

  24. 6:58PM
    18 Feb, 18
    Manish Pandey survives!

    South Africa review for a leg before on Manish Pandey. Tabraiz Shamsi, once again, is convinced. He's off and running in Tahir-esque celebrations. Pandey misses this delivery as he went on the back foot. Review says it was going on to hit the side of the leg stump. Stays umpire's call. South Africa retain their review and Pandey survives. INDIA 128/3 in 12 overs

  25. 6:55PM
    18 Feb, 18

    FIFTY! Shikhar Dhawan brings up his 4th T20 fifty. 51 from 27 balls - six boundaries and two sixes. Gets there with a thumping boundary into the vacant region. Poor delivery and duely dispatched. INDIA 127/3 in 12th over

  26. 6:54PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Manish Pandey after some singles to get off, beats the long off fielder for a six. Read the Shamsi delivery well and went after it. Little the foelder on the boundary could do. INDIA ARE 122/3

  27. 6:47PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Virat Kohli has been given out leg before off Tabriaz Shamsi. The left arm spinner looked convinced. Kohli wants to review. It has pitched in line and going on to hit the leg stump. Kohli goes for 26 runs from 20 balls. South Africa's wrist spinner gets the biggest wicket. INDIA ARE 108/3

  28. 6:41PM
    18 Feb, 18
    Kohli makes Shamsi, South Africa pay

    In the short run at least, Kohli adds to Shamsi's woes. After being dropped on the first ball and chuckling at the luck, he smacks a four and a six to hurt the wrist spinner's confidence. India are 98/2 after 8 overs. 

  29. 6:38PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Virat Kohli has been dropped by Behardien at long on. Came straight at him. Shamsi could have struck with the first ball but for this embarrassing gaffe by Behardien. Kohli survives at 10 runs from 11 balls. Will this hurt South Africa? If ODI series is an impression, it might. 

  30. 6:20PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Suresh Raina's return to the Indian team ends with 15 runs from 7 balls. Tried to continue the blitzy hitting but this time he gets the time all wrong. Miscues it and falls comfortably into Junior Dala's hands. The debutant has two wickets. INDIA are 49/2

  31. 6:19PM
    18 Feb, 18
    Was Dhawan out?

    Shikhar Dhawan seems to have gloved his half pull but a half hearted appeal from South Africa players. Klaasen went up. Dala once again did not appeal. Probably some noise and a bit of deflection as it went behind. However the umpire says that it was a wide. 

  32. 6:16PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Suresh Raina is the new man in for India and he hasn't taken long to get ready for South Africa journey. Making his international return and Paterson once again suffers. Four and then six to end his second over. Paterson has gone for 31 runs in his two overs. 

  33. 6:09PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Rohit Sharma tries to ramp the ball over the keeper but gets the faintest of edges. South Africa players look convinced. The bowler is less than enthused. Rohit Sharma doesn't look bothered. There is a spike on the Snicko and Rohit Sharma goes for 21 from 9 balls. India lose their first wicket: 23/1

  34. 6:04PM
    18 Feb, 18

    Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan open for India. Dane Paterson opens the bowling for India. Second ball and Rohit Sharma sends it for a six. Goes soaring into the third man region. Fifth ball and Rohit sends it for another six. This one has gone towards the leg side. And for good measure, Rohit plays it uppishly to end the over and brings up a boundary. 18 runs from the first over

  35. 5:38PM
    18 Feb, 18
    India vs South Africa, 1st T20, TEAMS:

    INDIA XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni(w), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

    South Africa XI: JJ Smuts, Reeza Hendricks, Jean-Paul Duminy(c), AB de Villiers, Farhaan Behardien, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi

  36. 5:37PM
    18 Feb, 18

    South Africa: "AB de Villiers is not playing today. He hurt his knee in the last game, so we want to rest him. Klaasen, Junior Dala are playing," says JP Duminy at the toss. Worth noting that Australia series begins on March 1.

    India: "Suresh Raina is back in the team, Manish Pandey, Unadkat is playing in place of Kuldeep who hurt his thumb in the last game, Bhuvi returns," says Kohli at the toss.

  37. 5:32PM
    18 Feb, 18
    India vs South Africa TOSS:

    TOSS: South Africa have won the toss and they're bowling first. Virat Kohli also wanted to bowl first and "get a target"

  38. 5:30PM
    18 Feb, 18
    Pitch report from Johannesburg

    Shaun Pollock: It looks like a good surface, and the ball will come nicely onto the bat. The skipper's decision at the toss will entirely depend on the team's strategy. There won't be any lateral movement off the deck and it is a belter of a track to bat on

  39. 5:26PM
    18 Feb, 18
    India vs South Africa 1st T20:

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the first T20 between India and South Africa. Wanderers has seen India win the third Test but lose the solitary ODI in the six-match series. What will be the outcome today?