India vs South Africa, 3rd T20I: India keeps the streak alive with a 48-point win over South Africa | Cricket News



VISAKHAPATNAM: The Indian team management was under heavy pressure to make some changes in the third T20I against South Africa as the hosts trailed 0-2 in the five-match series. However, they didn’t succumb to the pressure and instead showed immense confidence in the players’ ability to bounce back and keep the streak alive.
The players responded well and earned a comfortable 48-point win at Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Stadium here on Tuesday night. Fly-half Ruturaj Gaikwad’s return to form and bowlers regaining their wicket-taking ability bodes well for the hosts as they head to Rajkot for Game 4.
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South Africa, chasing 180 for a series win, failed to get the start they wanted as Indian spinners did the initial damage. The surface here is known to help spinners in the second run and skipper Pant brought in left-arm spinner Axar Patel in the fourth on himself. Patel did not disappoint as he got rid of South African captain Temba Bavuma (8).
Harshal Patel, who was hit for a four by Dwaine Pretorius and a six by Reeza Hendricks, had the last laugh as he fired Hendricks (23) to leave the visitors 38 for two. Leggie Yuzvendra Chahal then made it 40 for three as he had Rassie van der Dussen taken behind for 1.

There were further problems for the visitors as Chahal had the dangerous Pretorius (20; 16b; 2×4, 1×6) caught behind to leave them faltering at 57 for four in ninth over. At the end of the 10th over, South Africa were 63 to four.
Harshal then knocked out David Miller (3) – a rare miss lately – to put India ahead. South Africa needed 109 in nine overs. Heinrich Klaasen (29; 24b 3×4, 1×6) and Wayne Parnell attempted to take the innings deep but Chahal got rid of the former to stage the celebrations in the 15th on himself. They ended up with 131 as Harshal got four for 25 and Chahal three for 20.
Earlier, flyhalf Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan gave the team a dream start by collecting 57 on the power play – the best of this series for India. An under fire Ruturaj, who had scored 23 and 1 in previous outings, fired on all cylinders. The Maharashtra player hit a 57 from 35 with seven fours and two sixes and Kishan continued with his rich form (76 and 34) as he hit his second half (54; 5×4, 2×6) of the series .


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Although Kishan crossed the first boundary in the second, it was Ruturaj who took charge of the proceedings. Ruturaj tackled Anrich Nortje in the fifth round of innings and plundered five straight boundaries. Ruturaj reached his first half-century T20I with 30 balls with six fours and two sixes.
Kishan, who was watching the party from the other end, joined the party. He hit Tabraiz Shamsi for a six and four in the ninth inning. Ruturaj greeted Keshav Maharaj with a backhand drive on the covers, but the left arm spinner got the last laugh. He got the Indian caught and threw the last ball over to get the much needed breakthrough.
Kishan continued his good work by slamming Maharaj for two fours and a six in the 12th to surge into his fourth half with 31 balls with five fours and two sixes. Shreyas Iyer hit two sixes in his 11-ball 14 before being picked up by Nortje off Shamsi and Dwayne Pretorius had Kishan caught by Reeza Hendricks to tie down the Indian charge.
While Rishabh Pant (6) and Dinesh Karthik (6) fell lightly, it was up to Hardik Pandya (31 not out) to drive the score up.


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