Stop the press! Stop whatever you're doing. South Africa have managed to win a game. Shocked? Even we are. But one cannot take anything away from their effort. Have you seen a spring? You can push it down and down and down, and then there comes a moment when it bounces back. Something of similar sorts happened with the Proteas. They were down and out, under the cosh, written off and all of a sudden, boom...they emerged victorious! From the series point of view, it's now on level terms and makes the final T20I something to look forward to... Gone are the days when the rain and Duckworth-Lewis method used to hamper South Africa's progress. First at the Bullring in the ODIs and now here in Centurion, the Proteas have done something unimaginable. In fact, the threat of rain powered South Africa's chase. The approach they adopted to be on par with the DL method helped their scoring rate immensely and eventually they ended on the right side of the result.
Now, let's talk about the class of Heinrich Klaasen. What a find he has been for the home team! The chase, as usual, stuttered early on once they lost their openers but the wicketkeeper-batsman got a promotion in the batting order and he grabbed it with both hands. He snatched the drifting momentum by the scruff of the neck and forced it back in his side's favour. His 69 off 30 balls was studded with 7 sixes which shows the magnitude of his knock. Not to forget the role of skipper JP Duminy, who had no issues in playing second fiddle to Klaasen. But once he departed, JP took the onus on himself and along with Farhaan Behardien finished off the chase with 8 balls to spare. The winning shot and his huge roar summed up how badly he and his team needed this win. (SCORECARD) (LIVE STREAMING) (1ST T20I HIGHLIGHTS)