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Review: SA vs IND (3rd T20I): India steal the Cape Town T20I by 7 runs
By Aditya Pratap - Feb 24, 2018 7:45 pm
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Team India ended the South Africa tour on high by winning the Cape Town T20I with a margin of 7 runs. Thus, the T20 International series pendulum swung back in India’s favour with a score line of 2-1. Indian bowlers pulled their sleeves up to restrict South Africa at 165/6 in 20 overs.

India was good while defending the total

Proteas started their chase on a slower note and managed only 25 runs in the 6-over mandatory powerplay at a cost of Reeza Hendricks’ wicket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar led India’s reply with the ball and forced South African batsmen to keep mum.

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Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur were brilliant with the ball as well during their initial spells in the game. JP Duminy and David Miller threw everything behind their ball, but somehow it didn’t meet the fence.

Miller threw his wicket away to Raina, who was bowling for the first time in the series. Duminy was rather slow on the other end but got some momentum during Axar Patel’s lone over, which was looted by South African skipper for 16 runs.

The match was slipping away from the hands of the hosts but Duminy kept fighting and reached for yet another T20I half-century in the process. Amidst, the required run rate peaked over 17 and it took the southpaw with the pressure.

Debutant Christiaan Jonker played an exceptional innings at the death overs and brought Indian players on the toe but Bhuvi proved to be too smart for him. Jonker got out on the last ball of the match after giving carnage of an innings. He scored 49 off just 24 balls including 5 fours and 2 towering sixes.

Earlier, India’s innings finished at 172/7 where Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan bat helped India to reach a par total on a rather sluggish batting surface. Dhawan scored a slow 47 runs in 40 balls including three boundaries. Raina scored a sparkling 43-run innings in just 27 balls before taking a wicket with the ball, which earned him the man of the match award.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar earned man of the series award for his constant bowling performance throughout the series.

Thus, after conceding the Test series, Team India hit South Africa hard in the white-ball series to bag both ODI and T20I series.

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