India vs South Africa 3rd T20I – India kept itself alive in the five-game streak with a comfortable 48-lap win in the third T20I over South Africa here on Tuesday. Openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan batted a blistering half-century to take India to 179 for five after being asked to bat. The bowlers then put on a dominant performance to tie the Proteas for 131 in 19.1 overs and take their first win of the series.
India won by 48 runs to keep the streak alive. Harshal Patel and Chahal were the picks of the bowlers with 7 wickets between them. Bhuvneshwar Kumar assisted them well with 2 wickets. Rishabh Pant made two good catches to sack Rassie Van der Dussen and Dwaine Pretorius. Yuzvendra Chahal made a brilliant comeback. David Miller joins Heinrich Klaasen in the middle. South Africa lost to Temba Bavuma and Reeza Hendricks on the power play in the 180 chases.
Hardik Pandya brings India to 179/5 after 20 overs. India lost their way after a good start as the visitors needed 180 to win the match and take an unassailable lead in the series. Will the Indian bowling lineup line up to defend the total? Stay tuned for live updates! Two new goons at the kink as Ishan and Shreyas Iyer leave in quick succession. Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya will be crucial to the eventual success.
Ruturaj left after raising his virgin fifty. Keshav Maharaj broke the partnership with an excellent catch and brave. After a cautious start, Ruturaj Gaikwad defeated Anrich Nortje for 5 consecutive boundaries in an over. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan make a solid start against the South African (Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell) opening two quick attacks. South Africa won the draw and chose to throw first. Both Rishabh Pant and Temba Bavuma have made no changes to their playing XI.
Playing XI are:
India (Playing XI): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan
South Africa (Playing XI): Temba Bavuma(c), Reeza Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen(w), David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje
- India: 179 for 5 in 20 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 57, Ishan Kishan 54; Dwaine Pretorius 2/29)
- South Africa: 131 all-out in 19.1 overs (Heinrich Klaasen 29, Reeza Hendricks 23; Harshal Patel (4/25), Yuzvendra Chahal 3/20)
After the game
Chahal is the player of the game:
I bowled too many fast sliders in the last game. I spoke to Paras Sir and trainers about this. So I tried bowling quick leg breaks but with a different seam position today. I want to flip the ball and dip it and I couldn’t last time so they might hit through the line. I tried to make a turn and change the line of the ball and I tried to play to my strengths today. When you get mid-tier hitters in the middle overs, the pressure is on them. Batsmen try a lot of sweeps and reverse sweeps these days, so as bowlers we need to be prepared for that too. There was some help for spinners in the last game too, but I don’t bowl very well. The floor is big, fortunately in Rajkot (laughs)!
I talked about execution and we saw that today from both batters and bowlers. We thought we were about 15 short but we didn’t think too much about it; The bowlers did a fantastic job. Especially in India, the spinners play a big role in the middle overs to keep the batsmen at bay. So they’re under pressure to perform, but when it comes out in games like that, that’s what happens. I don’t think it’s a good thing for us (middle class doesn’t matter), but after a good start, it’s difficult for new hitters, right away to go. We will try to improve in the next game.
It wasn’t our best performance collectively today. They put us under pressure with the ball. Probably could have done more, batting wasn’t going up and we couldn’t get partnerships or momentum. This match, yes our fielding was, is out of date. Made some improvements. We’re among the best in the world, but I won’t judge us by this game alone. When batting, we always try to look at the first two overs and then get some momentum. We couldn’t and came under pressure after losing three early wickets. Even with this experience and knowledge, Quinton is an integral part of the team. Reeza is someone we have back at the top and we’ve seen what he’s done in the home circle. Quinton isn’t here, we can’t cry about it.
“We wanted to implement certain plans that we haven’t worked out in the last couple of games. You follow the process…these are the things that carry you and improve your game. We want to keep hitting our bowling goals.” It was slower than Kotla and easier to bowl hard lengths.”