South Africa vs India, 1st T20: Bhuvneshwar's five-for leads India to 28-run win
India secured a 36-run victory over South Africa in the first T20I on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
Being put to bat first, the Men in Blue posted 203-5 on board as Shikhar Dhawan led the way with a fabulous knock of 72. Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey chipped in with crucial cameos as the visitors set up a massive total.
However, Virat Kohli and co proved to be too good for the Proteas as they restricted JP Duminy’s men to 180-8.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar got rid of Jon Jon Smuts and JP Duminy early on to put the pressure on the hosts. Hardik Pandya also joined the party to dismiss David Miller as South Africa found themselves in a spot of bother.
However, Reeza Hendricks and Farhan Behardein had other plans. The duo struck an influential 81-run partnership to take the momentum away from the visitors.
But Kohli and co held their nerves to pull off a stunning victory, lead by Bhuvneshwar. The India pacer claimed his first five-wicket haul in the shortest format to make sure his side ended up on the winning side.