Virat Kohli powers India to seven-wicket win over South Africa in second T20I

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Virat Kohli inspired India to a seven-wicket victory over South Africa in the second T20 international in the three-match series. The first game was washed out and the hosts have now taken an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the series.

Kohli scored 72 runs from 52 balls to help his side chase down 150 runs in 19 overs. His incredible display comprised of beautiful stroke-play that kept the scoreboard ticking over.

The visitors got off to a promising start with openers Reeza Hendricks and Quinton de Kock propelling them to 31 runs in less than four overs. The latter fell to Deepak Chahar after he found Washington Sundar at mid-on.

However, this did not slow De Kock down as he continued to blitz through the Indian bowling attack to reach his half-century. It took a stunning catch from Kohli to send the wicket-keeper back to the pavilion after a good knock.

Temba Bavuma kept the runs flowing steadily but the dismissal of Rassie van der Dussen at 90-3 broke the momentum and allowed India to slowly impose themselves on the opposition. Cameos from David Miller (18) and Dwaine Pretorius (10) did not suffice as the Proteas could only manage 149 runs in their 20 overs.

Like South Africa, India too lost their first wicket after the openers stepped on the gas in the first four overs. The scoreboard read 33-1 when Kohli came in to bat, with Shikhar Dhawan in good touch at the other end.

The southpaw and the skipper put on 61 runs together to provide India with the vantage point half-way through their innings. Dhawan (40) fell before reaching his half-century and Rishabh Pant (4) lost his wicket with a lazy effort.

Kohli and Shreyas Iyer (16*) teamed up to take India home without any hiccups as they reached the target with an over to spare. It was a visual treat for the fans as Kohli displayed grace and composure en route to yet another half-century.

Iyer finished things off with a beautiful straight drive against Bjorn Fortuin to hand India a 1-0 lead in the series.

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India vs South Africa LIVE: Proteas bat first in second T20 at Mohali

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After the first match was washed out, India and South Africa finally go head-to-head in Mohali for the second T20I.

Winning this encounter then means at least avoiding a series defeat which only features three matches.

India are fresh from their dominating tour of the West Indies while Quinton de Kock and his side will be eager to put their poor World Cup display in England behind them.

Follow all the action with our live ball-by-ball commentary below.

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Ashes 2019 review: No1 ranked Steve Smith and Pat Cummins headline combined XI

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Smith and Cummins were Australia's heroes in England.

An extensive English summer drew to a close on Sunday with the hosts clinching victory in the final Test at the Oval to level matters in the Ashes series against Australia.

The visitors had already retained the historic urn after their win in the fourth Test although they missed out on the chance to become the first Aussie side to win the Ashes on English soil since 2001.

The hosts, on the other hand, will take a drawn series after a summer that also saw them end their excruciating wait for a World Cup title.

At the end of a hard-fought Ashes series, we take a look at which players make our combined XI from both sides.

Rory Burns

The Englishman was the outlier in what was a horror series for openers in the Ashes with the left-hander accumulating 390 runs with the help of a ton and two half-centuries.

Rory Burns has been a class apart among the Ashes openers.

Rory Burns has been a class apart among the Ashes openers.

Joe Denly

The 33-year-old got progressively better as the Ashes wore on and performed an admirable job as a makeshift opener for England in the final Test.

Marnus Labuschagne

The Queenslander came into the Australia XI as a concussion substitute for Steve Smith and did not look back with four fifties on the bounce. Showed an accomplished technique to boot.

Steve Smith

A sensational return to Test cricket after a gap of nearly 16 months for Smith who racked up 774 runs at a staggering average of 110.57. A double ton at Headingley, twin tons at Edgbaston and other scores of 92, 82, 80 and 23 were Smith’s returns in a display for the ages.

Steve Smith was sensational on his Test return for Australia.

Steve Smith was sensational on his Test return for Australia.

Joe Root

The England skipper bagged three ducks in the series in a sub-par display but was still one of the better batsmen on display with four half-centuries to his name. He makes it as skipper over Tim Paine after what was a shocking series with regards to DRS calls from the Australian.

Ben Stokes

England’s man-of-the-series followed up his incredible World Cup act with an even better one at Headingley to keep the hosts alive in the Ashes. The second-highest run-scorer in the series with two tons and as many half-centuries along with eight wickets with the ball as well.

Stokes is the man of the moment for England.

Stokes is the man of the moment for England.

Matthew Wade (wk)

The left-hander played as a specialist batsman in the series but he takes the gloves in our XI with Paine and Bairstow not exactly standing out with the bat. Two centuries including a superb one at the Oval for Wade in a fine Test comeback.

Pat Cummins

The No1 ranked bowler in the world went some way to justifying that tag with 29 wickets at an average below 20 in the series. Cummins has played his part in Australia retaining the Ashes by finishing as the top wicket-taker in both the 2017 and the 2019 series.

Jofra Archer

The England pacer’s Test debut was a hotly anticipated one and he more than delivered by picking up 22 wickets in his four appearances. He was instrumental in both England victories by picking up six-wicket hauls in the first innings of the Headingley and Oval Tests.

Jack Leach

The orthodox left-armed spinner outshone his Australia counterpart Nathan Lyon despite picking up fewer wickets. While Lyon claimed 20 wickets in five Tests, they came after bowling a total of 242 overs.

Leach’s 12 wickets, on the other hand, came off just 101 overs in comparison.

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Josh Hazlewood

The Australia seamer did not play the first Test but his impact was instant once he was drafted into the playing XI. 20 wickets at an average of only 21.85 for Hazlewood who showed exceptional control with his lines and lengths.

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