IND vs SA, 3rd T20: South Africa beat India by 9 wickets in unilateral match, series 1-1
In the third T20 played in Bangalore, South Africa beat India by 9 wickets and got the series 1–1. The Indian team scored just 134/9 in 20 overs in the first play, in response to which South Africa lost the match in the 17th over, losing just one wicket. South African captain Quinton de Kock was adjudged Man of the Series for two consecutive half-centuries and Buren Hendrix (2/14) was adjudged Man of the Match for his superb bowling.
Indian captain Virat Kohli took the shocking decision to bat after winning the toss. India did not make any changes to the Mohali T20 team, while South Africa included Buren Hendrix in the squad instead of Enrique Nortje.
The Indian team did not start well and once again Rohit Sharma (8) was dismissed without playing a big innings. Despite Rohit being dismissed for 22 in the third over, Shikhar Dhawan continued to bat quickly from the other end and India's score was 54/1 after the powerplay.
However, in the eighth over, Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for 36 from 25 balls at the score of 63 and after that South Africa made a tremendous comeback in the match. After Dhawan's dismissal, captain Virat Kohli (9) was also dismissed for a score of 68 in the ninth over.
Rishabh Pant once again failed and in the 13th over, he was dismissed for 19 runs at the score of 90 and after that Shreyas Iyer was also dismissed for just 5 runs on the next ball. In the 15th over, Krunal Pandya was also dismissed for just 4 runs and the Indian team's score was 98/6.
Ravindra Jadeja (19) and Hardik Pandya (14) shared a 29-run partnership for the seventh wicket, but could not reach the team score of 140. The Indian team scored just 35 runs in the final 5 overs and two wickets fell in the last over. For South Africa, Kagiso Rabada and Buren Hendrix and Björn Fortuin took two wickets each and Tabrez Shamsi took one wicket.
South Africa had a great start in response to the target of 135 and Quinton de Kock for the first wicket scored Reza Hendricks ( 28) with 76 runs added for the first wicket and dented the Indian team's chances of victory. De Kock completed his half-century in 38 balls and scored an unbeaten innings of runs in the balls to give the team the series victory. He added 64 runs for the second wicket with Temba Bavuma (27 *) to give the team victory in the 17th over. Hardik Pandya's only success from India.
Quinton de Kock scored the highest 131 runs in the series, while Kagiso Rabada and Björn Fortuin took the most three wickets each.
India: 134/9 (Shikhar Dhawan 36, Kagiso Rabada 3/39, Buren Hendrix 2/14)
South Africa: 140/1 (Quinton de Cock 79 *, Hardik Pandya 1/23)