Team India suffered a loss in the third and the final T20I against South Africa by nine wickets as the three-match series ended in a 1-1 draw at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. While newly-appointed Proteas T20 skipper, Quinton de Kock led the team with an example as he played an unbeaten knock of 79 runs as spinner Tabraiz Shamsi grabbed everyone’s attention with his peculiar celebration of Shikhar Dhawan’s dismissal.
After dismissing Shikhar Dhawan in the eighth over, left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi took his shoe off and acted to make a phone call with it. The images and videos of Shamsi’s shoe celebration started going viral on social media within no time. The southpaw spinner issued an explanation of his bizarre celebration in a tweet on Wednesday.
Explaining the same on Twitter, Shamsi wrote: “No disrespect… only love, enjoyment and entertainment! Asked the big man why he didn’t give me a warning atleast before smoking me out of the park 1st two balls lol”.
No disrespect… only love, enjoyment and entertainment! 🙏
— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) September 24, 2019
After winning the toss, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli decided to bat first citing to test the batting ahead of the T20 World Cup. The decision didn’t come out as per the expectations as the Proteas chased down the meager target of 135 with 19 balls to spare and 9 wickets in hand.
The South African team started off the chase of 135 started off well as they were 76 without loss in the first 10 overs with Reeza Hendricks and De Kock going great guns. However, Hardik Pandya came out in the 11th over to dismiss Hendricks owing to a brilliant catch by Kohli.
After his dismissal, De Kock (79*) along with Temba Bavuma (27) helped the Proteas to chase down the total quite easily in the 17th over as most of the Indian bowlers were seen struggling. South Africa chased down the total with more than 3 overs to spare.