Capetown. South Africa vs India 3rd T20. India again created History by winning two consecutive series in South African Soil. India had already won the ODI series by 5-1 against the host. Now after winning the 3rd and the last T20I by 7 runs at Capetown on Saturday India also won the three-match T20 series by 2-1. This is the first time when India won two consecutive series in South Africa. India created history once again after winning the ODI series.
Protease batsmen came to chase the target of 172 runs set by India as batting first. South African start of the inning was not good enough as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/24) picked the very first wicket as Reeza Hendricks (7) in the 3rd over. Captain Rohit Sharma did some new thing and gave the ball to Suresh Raina (1/27). Raina did a great job and picked dangerous looking David Miller (24) in the 10th over.
South Africa started their inning at a very low run rate that’s by at the end of the inning they suffered more. However, their captain JP Duminy scored (55) a fifty and the debutant Christiaan Jonker (49) also made efforts at the end but could not achieve the target of 172 runs set by India. In the very last over they need 19 runs to win but they fell 7 runs short. They lost the game along with series as Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a brilliant last over. hence India won by 7 runs
Earlier, South Africa won the toss and elected to bat second. Surprisingly, the Indian captain Virat Kohli did not come for the toss as his place is taken by vice-captain Rohit Sharma. Asking for his absence in the series-deciding final match Rohit said that Virat had a stiff back and needed some rest. Yajuvendra Chahal and Jaydev Unadkat have also missed out the match as their places were occupied by Axar Patel and Jaspreet Bumrah respectively. Christiaan Jonker was also made his debut in this match from the South African side.
India came to bat first and lost Rohit Sharma’s (11) wicket early again at the team score of 14 runs. He is picked by Junior Dala (3/35) who was also the most successful bowler for Protease in the match. The pitch was looking good to bat as Shikhar Dhawan (47) and Suresh Raina (43) put a partnership of 65 runs for the second wicket. Suresh Raina played aggressively and scored runs with the strick rate of 159.26.
Raina got out as Shansi (1/31) sent him back to the pavilion. Very soon India lost Manish Pandey (13) and Shikhar Dhawan as well. After fall of Dhawan’s wicket, no Indian batsmen could stand firmly on the pitch to score runs. Anyhow with small contributions of all other batters, India managed to put a decent target of 172 runs on the board against the hosts. India lost 7 wickets in 20 overs to score 172 runs.