Big Moments From India’s 7-Run Win Over South Africa in Third T20

ICYMI: Here’s a recap of India’s historic win against South Africa in the third and final T20 in Cape Town.

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India won their maiden T20 series in South Africa after defeating the hosts by 7 runs in the third and final match in Cape Town on Saturday, 24 February. Indian captain Virat Kohli was ruled out of the big game due to a stiff back, and Rohit Sharma was named India’s stand-in skipper for the series decider at Newlands.

After being put in to bat, Sharma could not contribute much, and fell for just 11 runs. Opener Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina then steadied India’s ship with a 65-run stand for the second wicket. Man of the match Raina smashed 43 off 33 balls before getting out caught by Shamsi. Incoming batsman Dhawan on the other hand, was run out for 47 in the 16th over, reducing India to 111/3. India lost three wickets in the last two overs to end their patchy innings at 172/7.

South Africa made a slow start to their innings, scoring just 52 runs in the first 10 overs. While opener Hendricks fell for just 7, Raina picked up the crucial wicket of David Miller (24). Skipper JP Duminy stayed on the crease for a while, even scoring a half-century off 38 deliveries. However, the Protean batsman was dismissed for 55.

Needing 64 run off just 24 balls, all hope seemed to be lost for South Africa. But T20 is an unpredictable format. Debutant Christiaan Jonker went bonkers with fours and sixes, reducing South Africa’s target to just 19 required off the last over. However, the batsman had no reply on Bhuvneshwar’s knuckleballs. The Indian pacer managed to restrict South Africa to 165/6, seven runs short of their target.

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