South African captain Quinton de Kock’s played a superb knock of unbeaten 79 to guide his team to a 9-wicket win against India. South Africa achieved the target with nearly four overs to spare in the third T20 International match, played at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore
Earlier, batting first, India were reduced to 134 for 9 in 20 overs with Shikhar Dhawan emerging as the top scorer with 36 runs. Kagiso Rabada took three wickets for South Africa, while Bjorn Fortuin and Beuran Hendricks picked up two wickets each. Tabraiz Shamsi took the remaining but most important wicket of Dhawan.
Speaking after the match, Indian captain Virat Kohli said that the decision to bat first was that his team wanted to come out of their comfort zone. “The kind of start we got, 63/1. After that, perhaps we could have reassessed to about 170 rather than thinking of 200..The pitch didn’t allow us to achieve that total and we kept losing wickets,” Kohli said.
Kohli said that he did not want to take anything away from South African players, who ‘understood the pitch’ and bowled really well.
With today’s win, the T20I series between India and South Africa ended in 1-1 draw. The Indians had defeated the Proteas in the second ODI.