Gerald Coetzee, Reeza Hendricks star as Proteas beat India in second T20I

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The Proteas beat India in Tuesday’s rain-affected second T20I at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.

India posted a final total of 180 for seven in 19.3 overs. Batsman Rinku Singh hit 68 and captain Suryakumar Yadav 56. Seamer Gerald Coetzee took three wickets.

The Proteas reached an adjusted 152-run target in 13.5 overs for a five-wicket win with seven deliveries to spare. Opener Reeza Hendricks hit 49 and captain Aiden Markram 30.

“It’s just about putting the balls in the right area with my skill set. To be able to do it against India is particularly pleasing,” said Proteas spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who was named Player of the Match for figures of one for 18 in four overs.

“I feel the last few times I have played against India, I let my execution down. It was great to get Yadav out and I thought Aiden bowled me at the right time and changed the other bowlers at the right times.”

Markram added: “Reeza has been fantastic. He has been going well for a period of about two years now. He’s adopted a bit of a leadership role in the batting unit. I’m really pleased for him.”

The result gave South Africa a one-nil series lead. Last week’s first T20I was washed out without a ball bowled. The third T20I is scheduled for Thursday at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

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