How Virat Kohli & Co celebrated their win over South Africa in Johannesburg T20
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How Virat Kohli & Co celebrated their win over South Africa in Johannesburg T20

A number of Indian cricket team players including Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni went out for dinner after beating South Africa in the first T20 at Johannesburg on Sunday.

cricket Updated: Feb 19, 2018 14:12 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Virat Kohli went out for dinner with his teammates to celebrate India’s win over South Africa in the first T20 in Johannesburg on Sunday.(Twitter)

The Indian cricket team has been on a roll in South Africa. Putting behind them a forgettable start, the Virat Kohli-led side has challenged the South African cricket team across formats in their backyard like no other.

After posting a memorable win in the final Test at Johannesburg, India hammered South Africa 5-1 in the six-match ODI series, and in the process also snapped their unbeaten run at home in 50-overs cricket.

India’s win in ODIs also helped them topple South Africa from the top spot in ICC Rankings.

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On Sunday, India began the three-match T20I series in a similar fashion when they outplayed South Africa to clinch a victory by 28 runs. India posted their highest T20I total at Johannesburg, and did not let the home team’s batsmen breathe easy.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the only Indian bowler to have claimed a five-wicket haul across formats with his spell of 4-0-24-5, and the first T20I also witnessed Shikhar Dhawan smacking 72.

Post their comprehensive victory, some the Indian cricket team players went out for a quiet dinner. Senior players MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina were joined by Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul with Dhawan and Kohli in company.

Several of them posted identical pictures on their social media accounts Monday morning, which in a way highlighted how much the group is enjoying their time in South Africa.

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India captain Kohli, who rewrote record books in the ODIs by becoming the first batsman ever to score more than 500 runs in a bilateral series, has time and again mentioned of making most of the time on this tour.

“We want to make the most of the time we have left here. It’s an opportunity to play for your country every time and we have fresh faces who are looking for those opportunities at all times so there’s a new motivation every time,” said Kohli during the post-match presentation on Sunday.

It has been a memorable outing for Kohli, who has led from the front on this tour. He was the only batsman from either sides to score a century in the Test series dominated by bowlers, and in the ODIs, Kohli’s record of 558 runs at 186 with three centuries and one fifty helped India salvage pride.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 14:10 IST