Former India player VVS Laxman praised Deepak Chahar and Washington Sundar for their beautiful performances in the second T20I against South Africa in Mohali. Laxman wrote in his Times of India column on Friday showering praises. The bowlers did a great job in the game where they restricted South Africa within a below-par.
South Africa managed to score 61 runs in last 9 overs, after putting up 88 for 1 in 11 overs and finishing with 149/5 in 20 overs. While Deepak Chahar finished with figures of 2/22, Sundar conceded only 19 runs in his 3 over spell. However, Chahar later said that he was more comfortable bowling at the death overs rather than the powerplay.
“Chahar was impeccable with his lengths with both old ball and new and used his variations excellently during his second spell, most notably the knuckleball which got rid of Bavuma. Sundar is not a big turner of the ball but he troubled the batsmen with the angles he created through the use of the crease, and with his height,” Laxman wrote in his column of Times of India.
The veteran was also impressed by the batting performance of the captains of both the teams Virat Kohli and Quinton de Kock. Both of them scored the fifties in the game and led from the front. However, de Kock’s half-century went in vain as Kohli took the side to the finish line. With this half-century, Kohli surpassed his deputy Rohit Sharma to become the highest run-getter in Twenty20 Internationals for India.
“Quinton de Kock was his natural aggressive self despite the responsibility of the captaincy but, the standout batsman was Virat Kohli. once again, he saw through a chase effortlessly. His use of the feet against the quick bowlers was exemplary, as was his balance. He played some stunning off-side strokes,” VVS Laxman further added in his column.
The final T20I game will be played on Sunday, September 22 in Bangalore.