Fifties from KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav sailed the Indian ship safely within the difficult chase of 107.
The target looked simple, however the inexperienced prime at the Greenfield Stadium created things harder. Each groups had robust starts although South Africa’s story was far bitterer.
Arshdeep and Deepak Chahar provided the dream begin to India, snaring five wickets within the initial 3 overs. Things got worse for the guests as they were reduced to 68/7, when that Keshav Maharaj provided a bit respite.
The South African spinner scored a 35-ball forty one before India restricted Temba Bavuma & Co to 106/8 in twenty overs.
In reply, India too had a troubled begin. Skipper Rohit Sharma was out for a two-ball duck, whereas Virat Kohli may muster simply three runs off nine deliveries.
In fact, India denote their lowest powerplay score – seventeen – in T20Is.
Nonetheless Rahul and Suryakumar ultimately joined forces and cast an unconquered 93-run stand to require India home.
Suryakumar got his fifty off thirty three balls, with the assistance of three sixes and five boundaries.
Rahul, on the opposite hand, reached his period of time in fifty six deliveries.
India currently lead the series 1-0. The groups can currently shift bases to Guwahati for the ordinal T20I of the series on Sunday.