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South Africa Vs India Live Score (T20)

Date: Sunday, 25 February, 2018 01:01 IST Venue: Newlands, Cape Town Match Status: Match Ended

India beat South Africa by 7 runs

  • Is 173 chaseable? Perhaps. No Kuldeep or Chahal on a slow pitch. Too many runs? Time will tell. Stay tuned for the answer...
  • They say, if you don't begin well, generally it is not a good day for you. Morris overstepped on the very first ball of the match and ended up with figures of 4-0-43-2. The bowling could have been much better had the chances been taken. Junior Dala was impressive once again while Aaron Phangiso strangely bowled only 2 overs.
  • India lost an early wicket again, this time Rohit Sharma managing more than 0. Dhawan and Raina then got going, managing a 65-run stand for the second wicket, surviving a few chances given by the South Africans. From there on, the Indian innings lost momentum. They got the odd boundary here and there but concentrated on the running.
  • Not a bad total by India but 47/4 in the last 5 overs - that might just hurt them. However, on a slower deck, 173 might just be a bit too much for the Proteas.
  • 19.6 A yorker outside off, Axar dabs it towards mid off and the batsmen take a run. 10 from the over, with 2 wickets as well. INDIA FINISH ON 172/7!
  • 19.5 Full on middle, flicked straight to square leg. Andile Phehlukwayo misfields and the ball nearly runs to the fence but Junior Dala rushes to his right from mid-wicket in the deep and saves the boundary. Three runs taken.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar walks in now.
  • 19.4 OUT! Well, he gets in a wicket now. The second of the over. Karthik walks across his stumps and misses his flick. The ball is straight and he is hit on his back foot. He takes the review after the umpire gives it out but starts to walk any which ways. Hawk Eye shows the impact to be in line and hitting the stumps.
  • LBW! But Karthik has taken the review. But he is walking back anyways...
  • 19.4 WIDE. Third from Morris tonight. This is down the leg side again.
  • 19.3 FOUR! Poor ball, full and down the leg side, Karthik flicks it to the fine leg fence.
  • Axar Patel walks in now.
  • 19.2 OUT! Pandya is gone. Big blow. Another slower ball, on middle and leg, Pandya is way too early into his flick but gets a leading edge. The ball goes miles in the air and three men come into contention - point, the keeper and short third man. Actually only two because it is Tabraiz Shamsi at short third man who does not move a muscle. Heinrich Klaasen calls for it and takes it calmly.
  • 19.1 Follows the batsman down the leg side, Karthik looks to play the reverse sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. A leg bye taken. Morris and Karthik smile.
  • Chris Morris to bowl the final over. 180? 185? Here we go...
  • 18.6 A short ball, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run. 11 from the over. 162/5
  • 18.5 FOUR! Easy peasy. Making use of the field. Mid off is up and Karthik goes up and over. One bounce and into the fence.
  • 18.4 FOUR! Stunning shot. On a length outside off, Karthik waits for the ball to come to him and steers it behind point for a boundary!
  • 18.3 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
  • 18.3 WIDE. Miles outside off, left alone.
  • Dinesh Karthik finally gets a chance to bat.
  • 18.2 OUT! Dhoni holes out. He smiles. Very rarely does one see Dhoni getting caught at the boundary, that too down the ground. A length ball outside off, Dhoni looks to go over the top and seems to hit it pretty well too. But does not have the distance. David Miller takes it with ease at long off.
  • 18.1 FOUR! Streaky! On a length outside off, Dhoni looks to push through the off side but gets a thick inside edge which goes past the stumps and beats short fine leg!
  • Junior Dala time.
  • 17.6 The batsman has worked it off his pads behind square. They pick up a single. 147/4
  • 17.5 A short ball, around off, Dhoni looks to pull but the ball goes over his head. Dhoni asks the square leg umpire about the wide but gets a negative answer.
  • 17.4 Driven towards the mid on region. They pick up a single.
  • 17.3 SIX! STUPENDOUS! A boundary after 29 balls! What a way to get that too. A length ball, around off, Pandya just pushes it over mid on and it goes all the way!
  • 17.2 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single.
  • 17.1 On middle, Dhoni pushes it towards long on, calls for two and gets them with ease.
  • Chris Morris is back on.
  • 16.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single. Just 6 from that over - only 19 from the last 3. 136/4
  • 16.5 Chips this towards long on and gets a run.
  • 16.4 A slower ball, outside off, Hardik looks to punch but gets a bottom edge back to the bowler.
  • 16.3 Down the leg side, Hardik pushes it through mid-wicket and calls for two. Dhoni is so quick that even before Farhaan Behardien gets to the ball, the second is completed. The facial expression of Farhaan says it all.
  • 16.2 Pushes this down to mid on for a run.
  • 16.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards long off for a single.
  • 15.6 Full and outside off, pushed to the off side for another one. 5 runs and a run out from that over. Shamsi finishes with figures of 4-0-31-1. 130/4
  • 15.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
  • 15.4 Full and outside off, pushed through mid off for a run.
  • 15.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot for a single.
  • 15.2 Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni walks in now, for the finishing duties. This is mouthwatering stuff. Two death over specialists in the middle.
  • 15.1 OUT! Well, Dhawan is walking but we are not sure whether that is out. On description of the ball, Dhawan comes down the track and whips it through mid-wicket. Hardik always wanted two and because he took a start, it helps him. But Dhawan takes a bit longer and hence is gone for all money. Junior Dala returns a superb throw to Heinrich Klaasen at the stumps and the LED illuminates. Dhawan starts to go but the umpire wants to check - did Klaasen disturb the bails before the ball hit the timber? Does anyone care? Certainly not Gabbar. He is off. Could have waited a bit longer for the third umpire's decision.
  • Direct hit? Or has Klassen taken the bails off? Dhawan is already walking off without even waiting for the confirmation. But the umpire has signalled it upstairs.
  • 14.6 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 125/3
  • 14.6 WIDE. A mega wide. Just as we have popcorn options in a multiplex cinema - Regular, Large and Tub - we should also have something for wides. This would have fallen in the third category. Phehlukwayo attempts a slower delivery but it goes horribly wrong, bowling it outside the pitch. Dhawan thinks about the paddle but then lets it go.
  • 14.5 A short ball, at the head of the batsman, Pandya plays that nicely, keeping the bat over the ball and controlling the pull shot, all along the ground, towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 14.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 14.3 Full on middle, Hardik chips it uppishly but it goes wide of the diving Andile.
  • 14.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They manage to come back for the second.
  • 14.1 Full and outside off, chipped through the air wide of mid off for a couple.
  • 14.1 WIDE. Pandya gets across his stumps and Phehlukwayo bowls it around leg stump. The ball goes down with the angle and Hardik misses his flick. A bowler might argue that it should not have been a wide. A batsman might say, well, it was down the leg side. What should the umpire do? Goes with the batsman in this case.
  • Andile Phehlukwayo is brought back on as well.
  • 13.6 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a run. 117/3
  • 13.5 A short delivery which has been pulled away. They pick up a single.
  • 13.4 Outside off, nips back in, Pandya is late in his defense and gets hit on the pads. The ball rolls to the off side and the batsmen pinch a single. No signal, so an inside edge must have been there.
  • 13.3 The batsman has driven it through mid off. They pick up a single.
  • 13.2 Outside off, punched through the covers. The throw comes in to Dala as the batsman pinch a second but the bowler misfields and it goes all the way down to long on. Hardik wants the third but Dhawan has backed up too far, hence is not aware. The angry young man gets angry again. The other day he was disappointed with one of the fielders when he conceded the second run off his bowling.
  • Hardik Pandya walks in at number 5, replacing Pandey.
  • 13.1 OUT! It is a catch and since it is not Shamsi, it is not down. Dala immediately strikes on return. He lands it on a length outside off, it cuts back in, Pandey looks to help it to the leg side but the ball skids through. Beats Pandey who can only get a top edge. He does not even want to run, so disappointed is he with that shot. Still, to give Dhawan the strike, he crosses over. Knows what is going to be the end result. It is David Miller underneath the ball at long on. Another failure for Pandey.
  • Change of pace. Junior Dala replaces Shamsi.
  • 12.6 Full and outside off, driven towards long off for one more. 9 runs from that over, but poor Phangiso could have had a wicket. 111/2
  • 12.5 Full again, outside off, slogged towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 12.4 FOUR! SLAUGHTERED! Pay the price now. Full and outside off, Dhawan dances out and hits it over mid off for a boundary!
  • 12.3 TOP EDGE, MISSED AGAIN! Guess who is the fielder? Tabraiz Shamsi. Oh dear... fielding is not in his agenda. Full and outside off, Shikhar looks to sweep but gets a top edge. The ball goes miles in the air and Shamsi at short fine leg should have gobbled it. Instead, the opportunity presents a nervousness which gobbles him. He stutters and misses the ball. Two runs taken.
  • 12.2 Quicker one now. Outside off, a bit short, Dhawan looks to cut but the ball skids through, staying low and beats him.
  • 12.1 Tossed up outside off, a bit slow, Pandey comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball, waits for it to come and blasts it to long on for a single.
  • 11.6 FOUR! That is rubbish. Short and outside off, pulled to the deep mid-wicket fence. 102/2
  • 11.5 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 11.4 Comes down the track and eases it to long off for a single.
  • 11.3 FOUR! First boundary for Dhawan! On his 29th ball. A short ball, around off, Dhawan gets down and pull-sweeps it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 11.2 Drives this through mid on for a run.
  • 11.1 SIX! Total misjudgement from the fielder! David Miller is the culprit. That should have been taken. Full and outside off, Pandey gets down and smites it over long on. Should have been taken but for some reason, David Miller comes running in and the ball goes beyond his head. Clears the ropes but he would have taken it had been at the fence.
  • 10.6 Looks to flick but the ball goes off the inner half through mid-wicket. No signal, must have been an inside edge. Just 4 from the opening over for Phangiso. 85/2
  • 10.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 10.4 Comes down the track again, takes it on the full and drives it to long off for one.
  • 10.3 Dropped? Nope. Crowd catch. Full on middle, Shikhar comes down the track and hits it straight back to Phangiso who cannot hold on. Replays show that it came to him on the bounce.
  • 10.2 Full and wide outside off, Pandey stays leg side of the ball and drives it through the covers for a run.
  • 10.1 Full on leg stump, eased to long on for a single.
  • Aaron Phangiso gets a look-in now.
  • 9.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 81/2
  • 9.5 Flicks it through the leg side to get going, Pandey.
  • Manish Pandey is the new man in, replacing Raina.
  • 9.4 OUT! Got him! Good running catch at long on! A wicket at the right time for South Africa! Shamsi loops it up around middle and off, Raina gets down on one knee and tries to hit it down the ground. Made good connection and it seemed like a biggie but... Farhaan Behardien comes across to his right from long on and takes a superb catch just near the rope. He covered it up for his misfield in a stunning manner.
  • 9.3 Gets down to sweep but gets it off the inside edge towards square leg for a single.
  • 9.2 Floated ball around middle, SD gets into the position early and reverse sweeps it over cover-point for a couple of runs.
  • 9.1 Chance of a run out! Raina works it towards the left of the bowler and sets off for a single. Shamsi gets to the ball but doesn't collect it which allows Raina to make his way back.
  • 8.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total. 75/1
  • 8.5 Loopy ball outside off, Raina comes down the track and drives it along the ground towards wide long off for a couple.
  • 8.4 FOUR! Behardien eases off the pressure that his side had built! Short ball, quicker through the air outside off, Raina goes back and punches it towards cover where Farhaan fails to stop it and lets it through his fingers for a boundary. FB apologizes immediately.
  • 8.3 Jumps out of the track and drives it to long on for another single.
  • 8.2 Darts it with a round-arm action, SR makes room and punches it to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 8.1 Slower through the air, around off, Shikhar gets down on one knee and pulls it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 7.6 Eases it past the man this time and scampers to the other end. A good start from chinaman, just 3 off his first over. 65/1
  • 7.5 Floated ball outside off, Dhawan isn't to the pitch of the ball and hence mistimes the drive to cover.
  • 7.4 Goes back to a shorter ball and punches it through cover for one. Brings up the 50-run stand between the two as well.
  • 7.3 Very full, fires on off, jammed back to Tabriaz.
  • 7.2 Loops it up around middle, Raina looks to flick it away but misses and gets hit on the pads. A loud appeal but the umpire turns it down.
  • 7.1 Starts off with a flatter delivery around the pads, Dhawan flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Tabraiz Shamsi is brought on to bowl now.
  • 6.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 62/1
  • 6.5 Inside edge saves Dhawan! Shikhar comes dancing down the track to hit it across the line but is done in in the flight. Gets a lucky inside edge which hits his pads and rolls past the keeper to fine leg for a brace.
  • 6.4 Duminy sees Dhawan giving the charge and hence he drags his length back. Shikhar could only punch it back to the bowler.
  • 6.3 Flatter ball outside off, Suresh Raina punches it towards cover for an easy single.
  • 6.2 Fuller outside off, broomed behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 6.1 Floated delivery around middle, Raina looks to slog but misses and wears it on the pads.
  • JP Duminy is back into the attack.
  • 5.6 Dabs it towards Shamsi at short third man and sets off. The spinner has a shy at the striker's end but misses. 10 from the over, India end with 57/1 in the Powerplay! 57/1
  • 5.5 Eases the fuller ball down to long on for one.
  • 5.4 In and out of Shamsi's hands! Sigh! Catches don't come that easy, I tell you! On a length and closer to the off stump line. Dhawan doesn't have any room to cut but he still goes on with the shot. Ekes out a thickish edge straight towards Tabraiz Shamsi at short third man who spills it out. They still take a single. Will this be a costly drop?
  • 5.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 5.2 FOUR! That's a good shot! On a shorter length outside off, Raina stays leg side and opens the bat face to get it uppushly through point. Shamsi at third man can't get to it. A boundary results.
  • 5.1 Morris from around the wicket, hits it on a back of a length outside off, SR tries fetching it from outside off, gets it off the inner half down to fine leg for a brace.
  • Chris Morris to bowl the last over of the Powerplay.
  • 4.6 Nearly chops it on! Makes room does Raina, Phehlukwayo follows him, Suresh dabs it off the off stump towards point and gets to the other end. The fielder has a wild shy at the non-striker's end but misses. 47/1
  • 4.5 Fuller ball, angling in on the pads, worked towards Duminy at mid on.
  • 4.5 Wide! Tries the slower delivery, wider outside off, Raina doesn't play at it.
  • 4.4 On a length and outside off, Dhawan looks to pull but gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket for one.
  • 4.3 Now flicks it through square leg and gets to the other end. Dhawan wanted another one but there was never a second there.
  • 4.2 FOUR! Beautiful! Raina has moved to 22 in 10 balls. Half volley on off, Suresh Raina presses forward and delightfully hit it through cover. Pierces the gap and fetches himself another boundary.
  • 4.1 FOUR! What a shot! Andile is welcomed in some style. He delivers a length ball outside off, Raina dances down the track and lofts it over mid off to start the over with a boundary.
  • Andile Phehlukwayo is brought into the attack.
  • 3.6 Dhawan presses forward and strokes it straight to the man at cover. 35/1
  • 3.5 Ahead of a length outside off, Shikhar swings across the line. Didn't time it well and hence the ball stops near the deep mid-wicket area. Another brace added to the total.
  • 3.4 Good shot! On a length and outside off, Dhawan cracks it through point. The fielder gives it a chase and does well to pull the ball back in play. Two taken.
  • 3.3 Slants it away on a length outside off, Dhawan goes chasing after it but fails to get any bat on it.
  • 3.2 Length ball, strangling down leg, pulled to fine leg but for just a single.
  • 3.1 On a length and outside off, punched from the crease towards cover.
  • 2.6 Raina gets down to sweep but misses to get it off the pads towards point for a leg bye. 8 from the first over of Duminy. 30/1
  • 2.5 Floated ball outside off, driven down to long off for a single.
  • 2.4 The batsman has driven it straight down the ground.
  • 2.3 Tossed up around middle and leg, clipped through square leg for one.
  • 2.2 FOUR! Dropped short outside off, Raina camps back and punches it through extra cover for another boundary. He has got a good start here.
  • 2.1 Flicked away through mid-wicket for a single.
  • JP Duminy to roll his arm over.
  • 1.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 9 runs and a wicket off it. 22/1
  • 1.5 Angling away from a length outside off, Suresh drives it on the up through cover and collects a brace.
  • 1.4 SIX! That has gone the distance! Any batsman would love to get a ball there to get off the mark. Fuller ball down the leg side, Raina walks across a touch and dumps it over deep backward square leg for a maximum to open his tally.
  • Suresh Raina is the new man in at no. 3.
  • 1.3 OUT! Dala removes Rohit for the third time! Start all the bunny talks now. Junior drops it on a length around middle, it skids a bit off the deck and stays a touch low too. Rohit is late to bring his bat down this time and wears it on the pads. A loud appeal follows to which the umpire raises the finger after a thought. Dhawan wanted to have a chat but Rohit wasn't interested. The umpire however, wants to have a check at the front foot. It is completely fine and Sharma is asked to walk away. Replays show that it seemed to be missing the leg. Almost a carbon copy of his dismissal at SuperSport Park.
  • 1.2 Rolls his finger on the ball, hurls it on a length around middle and off, Rohit hangs back in defense.
  • 1.1 Starts his spell with a fuller delivery on off, Dhawan gets it off the inner half towards mid on for a single.
  • Junior Dala will bowl from the other end. He has been really good so far. Can he emulate even today?
  • 0.6 FOUR! That's a horror delivery from Morris! It had to be put away and Rohit obliges. Length delivery, down the leg side, Rohit just helps it on its way towards fine leg to pick up back-to-back boundaries. 13/0
  • 0.5 FOUR! Caressed! Morris overpitches it by a margin, Rohit nicely brings his bat down and just times it down the ground. Nothing mid on fielder could do about it. First boundary of the match.
  • 0.4 Curling back in on middle, Sharma clips it towards square leg. Wants a single but won't get it.
  • 0.3 On a length and nipping back in a shade, Rohit stands back and defends it in the direction of the bowler.
  • 0.2 Keeps it full and serves it around off, Dhawan leans ahead to drive but mistimes it towards mid off. The man is a bit deep there which allows the southpaw to open his account.
  • 0.1 Gets away with that! Full toss, wider outside off, Rohit Sharma goes after it but gets it off the toe-end of the bat through cover for just a single.
  • Free Hit coming up...
  • 0.1 Have I jinxed him? Morris starts off with a huge front foot no ball. Fuller in length and angling back in on the pads, clipped easily away down to fine leg for a couple of runs.
  • Time for the national anthems then. It will be India's first followed by South Africa's. After the completion of it we are all set to get underway. The players and umpires are walking in the middle. There is a South African team huddle near the boundary rope. Now come the Indian openers - Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. It will be Chris Morris to steam in first up. A couple of slips in place. He bowled a maiden in the previous T20I. Can he start well again?
  • India skipper, Rohit Sharma informs Kohli has got a stiff back which is why he misses out today and Dinesh Karthik replaces him. Adds Axar Patel and Jasprit Bumrah replace Yuzvendra Chahal and Jaydev Unadkat. States in the last two games they have done decently with the bat and knows where did they go wrong. Is hoping that they end the tour on a high with a win. Reckons it looks a good batting wicket and feels that it should remain the same for the full 40 overs. Is excited for the decider and wants to put up a good show so that the crowd gets entertained as they have been coming in numbers to support them.
  • Protea skipper, JP Duminy says chasing has been the formula that has worked for them and hence they don't want to change it. Further says the wicket looks good with a fair bit of grass covering on it that should help his bowlers in the first six overs. Informs about the two changes that they have got for this game - JJ Smuts and Dane Paterson will miss out and Christiaan Jonker (debut) and Aaron Phangiso come in. Also, tells us that David Miller will open the batting tonight and he hopes that they do the basics right.
  • Toss - As expected, the Indians have not taken risk with Kohli who isn't fit. Rohit Sharma is out for the toss alongside JP Duminy. The former calls it wrong and it will be South Africa bowling for the THIRD TIME on the trot in the series.
  • South Africa, on the other hand, will be brimming with confidence after their stunning win in the second T20I. Heinrich Klaasen and JP Duminy have looked in good touch and they would hope to rub the same on others too. Their openers have struggled big time but given that they have won the last game and with momentum firmly on their side, it's highly unlikely that they would tweak the playing XI. Still we shall wait and find out as Shaun Pollock is out with the two skippers for the toss.
  • It all boils down the to the 'decider' in Cape Town today. Are you ready? We welcome you to the coverage of the final game on this long Indian tour to South Africa. First and foremost, Virat Kohli isn't deemed fit and is likely to miss out today. It would be interesting to see who fills in for him. Overall, the Indians have been good in limited-overs cricket and now it's time to put the right foot forward. Another good show and they will get their hands on the trophy but mind you, it won't be that easy.

South Africa Vs India Live Score (T20) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • Okay! That is all from us for this match, series and tour! South Africa vs India is done and dusted but cricket is not! Because in a few hours from now, depending on when you read this text, another cracker of a series gets going! New Zealand host England for one-dayers and Tests and that will be fun too! Do remember to follow those games as well, here only. Until then, ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • As far as South Africa are concerned, plenty to learn from this tour. India have given them a nice hard lesson on how to approach cricket with the white ball and this will only make life better for the home side. Do not forget, they were without AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Dale Steyn and also Chris Morris for a few games. Ouch. They will look to have majority of these back before they play Australia in a Test series starting from 1st March, 2018.
  • Right then! Fine end to the tour for India. Started with losing two Tests on the Trot, then bounced back to win the next 4 games on the trot before the loss at Jo'burg, won the next 3 again, losing the second T20I and eventually won tonight. In short, after those losses in the first two Tests, just two losses in the next what - 10 games! Tremendous! They can now go back home and have a much-deserved rest before they go to Sri Lanka to play err.... a tri-series involving Bangladesh beginning from 6th March, 2018. Hard to find life in that series after a promising blockbuster like the SA one but still... cricket lovers might like it.
  • Rohit Sharma is honest and says India were 15 runs short. Admits that his team lost its way with the bat towards the end but is also quick to say that these things happen and one needs to learn. Praises the bowlers for winning the game. On the second wicket stand, Rohit says that it is crucial for the top three to perform and it has happened throughout this tour. Hopes to keep replicating it as a group. On the game plans, he says that the team management discussed some plans and they worked tonight. Keeping things tight upfront helped and credits the new-ball bowlers. Feels that India's fast bowling has been excellent throughout the tour while the spinners have been excellent. Praises the Indian side for showing a lot of intensity and aggression throughout the tour and that helped them win. Feels the biggest positive was that the team never backed out of difficult situations.
  • BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR is the MAN OF THE SERIES. He too, says that the whole team enjoyed a lot on this tour and credits everything to preparation. Thanks the Indian T20 league for making the Indian bowlers better prepared for T20 cricket enabling them to think on every ball. Says that his aim was to not give too much away in the Powerplay and it worked. On his variations, he says they are a necessity but the key was to keep bowling on the stumps. Smiles on being asked about the pitches which were more India-like and admits that he loved bowling on such surfaces.
  • SURESH RAINA is the MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that one needs to show intent in the Powerplay and that went against South Africa. On the pitch, he adds that it looked a beauty and one just needed to hang in there. Praises the entire unit for being calm throughout the tour, enjoying itself and getting the basics right. Credits the support staff and also captain Virat Kohli for the way he handled things. On his bowling, he says that tonight's experience has given him more confidence.
  • Duminy smiles and says that India bowled very well in the Powerplay and SA could not quite get the boundaries or singles. Admits that the Proteas did really well to bring the difference down to 7 in the end. Feels that 173 could have been gettable but the Proteas could not quite read the knuckle balls and the slower ones. Prasies Jonker for his terrific effort and is proud of his side. On the newcomers coming to the SA side, he feels that there is a lot of talent available in South Africa. Adds that the home side has learnt a lot of lessons in this tour and praises India for a terrific white-ball performance, in spite of losing the Test series before.
  • Decent bowling figures for everyone apart from Bumrah and Axar. Bhuvneshwar was the pick of the lot, with 2/24 while Hardik Pandya was brilliant. The fact that India managed to win in spite of giving just one over to Axar shows how good their bowling depth is. Suresh Raina - wonderful all-round display - 43 with the bat and 1/27 with the ball. Presentation coming up...
  • It seemed like the match was done and dusted with 64 needed from 24 balls and Duminy dismissed. But suddenly, the Proteas started to throw their bats around and India started to lose their nerves. The next three overs went for 45 runs thanks to the debutant Christiaan Jonker but Bhvuneshwar Kumar showed his class in the end.
  • South Africa had a different approach. Unlike India, they went very slow in the Powerplay, managing only 25 runs, keeping wickets in hand. But that went against them, as they never managed to get close to the required run-rate. JP Duminy managed to score a half century but at the cost of too many balls.
  • India played perfectly on a sluggish pitch, going hard in the Powerplay, keeping their wickets intact in the middle overs and then trying to go hard in the death. They failed in the last attempt but still mustered a commanding 172/7.
  • Did JP Duminy lose the match at the toss? Perhaps he did. That is why one should pay close attention to the previous games. Earlier in the day, the Eves had won defending and during that run chase itself, South Africa Women found it difficult to score batting second. Still, he chose to field.
  • What a finish. Perfect fitting to a series finale. India seemed to boss the game till the 15th over of the run chase but nearly lost it in the remaining 5... only to hold their nerves... just.
  • 19.6 OUT! Wicket and India have won the T20I series! Well played, Jonker. Deserved a fifty for his effort though! A full toss, dipping in, Jonker couldn't put it away. Looks to go over cover but finds Rohit Sharma at the edge of the circle who takes it and throws it up in the air to celebrate the big win. INDIA BEAT SOUTH AFRICA BY 7 RUNS!
  • 19.5 India have this in their bag if Kumar doesn't bowl an illegal ball. Another yorker swirling back in on the middle, Christiaan hoicks across the line. Gets it off the inner half through square leg. Raina from the left and Pandya from the right go after it. Suresh gets to the ball and returns a throw to Dhoni to keep them down to a brace.
  • 19.4 Perfect bowling! Bowls an inswining yorker, nothing much a batsman could do. Drags it off the inner half towards long on. Two taken.
  • 19.4 Wide! Another slower ball, but this time it crosses the tramline. Jonker leaves it alone. Pressure! Pressure!
  • 19.3 Low full toss on off, driven down to long off. Can get only a single though.
  • 19.2 FOUR! Over the short third man! Slower delivery, on a shorter length and wider outside off, Behardien reaches out to that one as he goes hard at it. No other option he has. Gets a thick edge and it goes over the fielder at short third man. The crowd is up on its feet. 14 off 4 needed now.
  • 19.1 Slower short ball outside off, slapped through cover-point for one.
  • 19 needed off the final 6 deliveries and Bhuvi will be the one to complete the proceedings...
  • 18.6 Hits one in the same region but doesn't risk another this time. So Christiaan will keep strike for the final over. 4-0-39-1 finishes Bumrah. Very expensive! 154/5
  • 18.5 Another brace! Great running! They have taken Raina - one of the best fielders in the opposition rank! Smashes it down to long on and gets two more.
  • 18.4 Back of a length delivery on middle, Jonker pulls it down towards long on. Runs the first one hard and does well to get another.
  • 18.3 SIX! This game isn't over, folks! Marginally fuller in length, Jonker takes his front leg out of the way and dispatches it over Raina at long on. Meaty blow!
  • 18.2 Almost gets foxed with the slower one! Behardien doesn't read it and nearly spoons a catch to the mid on fielder. It goes on the bounce to the fielder there and they cross.
  • 18.1 FOUR! Bumrah too gives a boundary on the first ball but this time it's Behardien who gets one to his name! A full toss on the pads, Farhaan walks across and helps it in front of square on the leg side.
  • 17.6 FOUR! Make it 18 from the over! 35 needed off the final 12 balls! Jonker you beauty! Picks up the knuckle ball and thwacks it over deep mid-wicket. It fell flush on the rope on the first replay. The umpire sends it upstairs and replays show it has bounced before going into the fence. 138/5
  • 17.5 Good length delivery outside off, Jonker looks to cut but gets a bottom edge towards the point fielder. A dot ball.
  • 17.4 FOUR! Drilled! Yes, that's how it was hit from the rookie! Fuller delivery on the stumps, CJ clears the front leg and smacks it straight back down the ground to pick up 14 from this over already.
  • 17.3 Beaten! Good comeback from Thakur! Bowls a back of the hand delivery outside off, Christiaan swings across the line but misses.
  • 17.2 FOUR! Sliced! 10 off the first two! The debutant is keeping the hopes alive? Makes room to a length delivery and looks to go inside out. Slices it over point and short third man fielder and a boundary results.
  • 17.1 SIX! He has teed off! Slower delivery on middle, Jonker stands put and smites it a long way over the deep mid-wicket fence for a maximum to begin the over.
  • 16.6 FOUR! Up and over! Backs away to a length ball does Behardien and lofts it cleanly over mid off for a boundary. Still a tough ask - 53 needed off 18 balls. 120/5
  • 16.5 Jonker drills it down to long off and gets one to his name.
  • 16.4 Fullish ball, curling back in on middle, Farhaan looks to flick but gets it off the inside edge down to fine leg for a single.
  • Farhaan Behardien is the new man in.
  • 16.3 OUT! Bowled 'em! Bumrah after bowling it outside off or on off, tries to keep it simple. A length ball on the stumps, Morris backs away and looks to go big. Misses and hears the death rattle.
  • 16.2 Swing and a miss! Slower ball on a shorter length, Chris looks to pull but connects with thin air.
  • 16.1 FOUR! Edged and that will do for South Africa! Length ball, angling in from outside off, Morris looks to cut but gets it off the bottom edge which evades Dhoni and races towards the third man fence.
  • 16.1 That is harsh! Bumrah keeps it on a fuller length outside off, Morris tries fishing with that one but misses. The umpire calls it a wide.
  • Chris Morris is the new man in.
  • 15.6 OUT! High up in the air and Rohit Sharma takes it! Thakur is pumped up and why not? Doles a knuckle ball and serves it a touch wider outside off. Duminy gets down to smash it across the line but gets a top edge instead. Loops up high in the air and Rohit Sharma at cover takes it easily to dismiss his opposite number. Is that the game? 64 needed from 24 balls. 109/4
  • 15.5 Shortish ball on middle, pulled through square leg and collects a brace for doing so.
  • 15.4 Slower delivery, landing and moving away a bit, JP looks to pull but is deceived by the slowness on the ball.
  • 15.3 FOUR! Finds the gap! Back-to-back fifties for Duminy, 11th in this format! Also, he's the first one to get to that mark in this game. The job isn't done skippa. Backs away to a length ball and packs a punch through cover. Beats the dive of the fielder there and picks up a boundary.
  • 15.2 On a length and angling in on middle, Jonker punches it down to long on to bring his skipper back on strike.
  • Duminy isn't happy with his bat. He wants it to be changed and hence we have a bit of a delay here.
  • 15.1 Moves to 49 does the Protea skipper by milking a single towards long off.
  • Shardul Thakur is brought back into the attack. He has given 9 in his 2 overs so far.
  • 14.6 Duminy makes some room and slaps it in front of point to keep strike. 72 required from 30 balls. 101/3
  • 14.5 Fullish delivery on middle and off, CJ drives it down to long on for one.
  • 14.4 Pulled through square leg for a single.
  • 14.3 SIX! Misses the length and Bumrah is taken for a journey over long on. Duminy gets underneath the ball and launches it down the ground.
  • 14.2 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
  • 14.1 Bumrah begins his spell with a length delivery on middle and leg, Jonker gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket. Raina comes running in, picks up the ball and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is brought back into the attack.
  • 13.6 Is lucky to get away! Raina with another short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for just a single. 12 off the over, South Africa trying to match up with the run rate. 91/3
  • 13.5 FOUR! And again! Another bish from Raina! Dhoni asked him to bowl a bit slow but what he does he bowls it quicker and on the stumps. CJ accepts it gleefully as he scoops it over short fine leg for another boundary.
  • 13.4 FOUR! Another rubbish delivery and duly punished! Jonker gets low and pulls it over the man at 45 for a boundary.
  • 13.3 That's a poor delivery! Down the leg side, Jonker pulls it over short fine leg and gets a couple.
  • 13.2 Very full on the stumps, pushed back to Suresh.
  • 13.1 Flatter and outside off, punched towards cover for a single.
  • Suresh Raina replaces Axar who conceded 16.
  • 12.6 Defended towards the off side. Pandya is done for the night. His figures read 4-0-22-1! 79/3
  • Christiaan Jonker walks in next, replacing Klaasen. 94 needed off 43 balls.
  • 12.5 OUT! Straight to Bhuvi! Pandya finally gets a wicket and to be honest he has bowled really well tonight. Pitches it up outside off, Klaasen backs away and smashes it flat and hard. Doesn't get the distance as Bhunveshwar Kumar at mid off takes a reverse cup catch over his head. He immediately releases the ball as that was struck really hard. Nevertheless, dangerous Heinrich has to walk back for not much.
  • 12.4 Fullish ball on the leg stump, clipped on the bounce to Shardul at fine leg for a single.
  • 12.3 Sees Klaasen making room and hence Pandya fires it a fuller ball outside off, Heinrich has to reach out. Doesn't time it well but gets it through cover-point for a single.
  • 12.2 Slower ball, it's the cutter, Duminy dabs it towards point for a single.
  • 12.1 Shortish ball on middle and leg, JP looks to pull but gets it off the top edge over backward square leg. Thakur from fine leg mops it up as they take two.
  • 11.6 Fires it outside off, Heinrich gets into the position to play the reverse sweep but misses out. Dhoni isn't amused. 16 off Axar's first over, much-needed for SA. 99 needed from 48 balls. 74/2
  • 11.5 Drags it off the inner half through mid-wicket. Calls for two and gets it easily in the end.
  • 11.4 Drops it short on the stumps, pulled straight towards deep mid-wicket who collects it on the bounce. Single this time, some respite for Axar.
  • 11.3 SIX! This is even bigger! Gets down and across again, Patel fires it at 101 kph, JP Duminy sends it miles over deep mid-wicket again.
  • 11.2 SIX! Murdered! Fuller ball outside off, Duminy gets down and across and slog sweeps it high and handsome over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. They need many more of these.
  • 11.1 Axar strikes first ball.... scratch that. Shardul Thakur drops it! Patel begins with a flatter ball on middle, Klaasen hits it powerfully towards long on where Thakur can't cling onto it.
  • Axar Patel to have a go now.
  • 10.6 Another yorker, this is good bowling from Pandya. Heinrich crouches to smash it across the line but gets it off the toe-end down to long on for a single. 58/2
  • 10.5 Tries the yorker on the leg stumps, it's a low full toss, Duminy moves inside the line and helps it down to fine leg for a single.
  • 10.4 Dances down to a full toss outside and drives it through the gap at cover. Axar in the deep mops it up to keep them down to two.
  • 10.3 This time waits for the ball to come and mistimes his pull over square leg for a single.
  • 10.2 Too early! Pandey digs in a short ball outside off, Klaasen tries to pull even before the ball is dropped on the surface and gets beaten comprehensively.
  • 10.1 Good length delivery on middle and leg, Duminy tucks it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
  • 9.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 52/2
  • 9.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 9.4 A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 9.3 The batsman has driven it through mid off. They pick up a single.
  • 9.2 FOUR! That is a bad ball after a wicket. A long hop, Duminy pulls it wide of backward square leg and the ball reaches the fence in a flash.
  • Heinrich Klaasen walks in at number 4, replacing Miller.
  • 9.1 OUT! Miller's struggle ends. Could this be a blessing in disguise for South Africa? A short ball, Miller looks to pull but gets more height than distance. Simple catch for Axar Patel at deep mid-wicket. 24 from 23 balls for Miller. His captain is slower than him though.
  • 8.6 Comes down the track but Hardik bowls a low full toss. Duminy can only push it back to the bowler who leaps and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. 45/1
  • 8.5 Another cutter, Duminy backs away and looks to go inside out but hits it straight to extra cover.
  • 8.4 A rare misfield by Dhoni. Outside off, DM looks to cut but misses. Dhoni gets a bad bounce and the ball goes off his legs to his right. A bye taken.
  • 8.3 Another cutter outside off, David looks to punch but misses.
  • 8.2 SIX! He has connected that alright. A short ball, on middle and leg, Miller swivels and pulls it miles over square leg! 129 more needed from 70 balls.
  • 8.1 A length ball around middle, punched back to the bowler.
  • 7.6 Comes down the track and skews it down to long off for a run. 38/1
  • 7.5 That shoots low. Luckily for Miller, he is outside leg stump as he looks to pull, wearing it on the box.
  • 7.4 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and connects. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 7.3 Comes down the track and drives it to long off for a single.
  • 7.2 FOUR! That is a bad ball and Dhoni behind the stumps is not happy. It is a short ball and Miller punches it over covers for a boundary!
  • 7.1 Full and outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
  • Interesting. Suresh Raina comes on to bowl.
  • 6.6 On middle and leg, flicked wide of mid-wicket for a run. 30/1
  • 6.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 6.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads for a couple.
  • 6.3 Outside off, Duminy looks to punch but misses.
  • 6.2 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 6.1 On middle and leg, flicked away for a single.
  • First change. Bhuvi is not bowling all his four overs on the trot. Hardik Pandya comes in to bowl.
  • 5.6 Walks across his stumps and blocks. Just 3 from that over, South Africa might be happy that they have lost only a wicket but chasing 173, they would not be too pleased with the fact that they have managed only 25 runs with the fielding restrictions. 25/1
  • 5.5 Good change of pace, the knuckle ball from Thakur, David looks to punch this on the up but misses.
  • 5.4 ESCAPES AGAIN. A short ball, around middle and off, JPD looks to pull but is hurried into the shot. Mistimes it towards short mid-wicket but gets it past the diving man. Just a single.
  • 5.3 Outside off, JP steers it behind point and comes back for the second. 149 more needed from 87 balls.
  • 5.2 Outside off, skids through, Duminy looks to cut but misses.
  • 5.1 A bouncer to start the over, Duminy ducks.
  • 4.6 Outside off, punched with soft hands towards Axar Patel at cover-point for an easy run. Superb bowling from Bhuvi again - 3-0-13-1 so far. 22/1
  • 4.5 Good fielding. Full and outside off, David drives it wide of mid off but Shikhar Dhawan runs hard to his right and dives, keeping the batsmen to just a single.
  • 4.4 Full and straight, Miller blocks solidly.
  • 4.3 The ball takes the outside edge goes towards the slip region. One run added to the total.
  • 4.2 Uppish, just short. Full and outside off, Duminy is beaten by the knuckle ball again as he is early into his push shot. The ball lobs towards cover where Suresh Raina dives forward but the ball lands in front.
  • 4.1 A length ball, a bit too straight, worked towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 3.6 Outside off, punched straight to point. Superb comeback from Shardul after going for 5 in his first 2 balls. 18/1
  • 3.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 3.4 Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
  • 3.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 3.2 FOUR! What a shot. On a length outside off, Miller advances, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over cover, one bounce and into the ropes.
  • 3.1 Down the leg side, helped through fine leg for a single.
  • Shardul Thakur into the attack.
  • 2.6 On middle, worked through fine leg for a couple. 4 runs and a wicket from the over - Kumar's figures read 2-0-9-1. 12/1
  • Here comes the skipper. Fresh from a unbeaten half century in the previous game.
  • 2.5 OUT! The missed direct hit does not matter. Hendricks does not last long. The knuckle ball, Hendricks is early into his flick and lobs it miles in the air. Shikhar Dhawan calls for it at mid-wicket and takes it calmly.
  • 2.4 A short ball outside off, Reeza looks to pull but misses.
  • 2.3 DIRECT HIT WOULD HAVE HAD HENDRICKS. Outside off, Miller looks to push it through the off side but gets a thick inside edge towards short fine leg. Hendricks calls for the quick single and Shardul Thakur has a shy at the striker's end. Misses. Replays show that Hendricks would have been a goner.
  • 2.2 The leg cutter, outside off, Hendricks waits for the ball to come to him and dabs it to short third man for a quick single.
  • 2.1 Outside off, played straight back.
  • 1.6 A length ball, down the leg side, Reeza misses his tuck and the ball goes off his pads towards the leg side. A quick leg bye taken. 8/0
  • 1.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 1.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 1.3 A length ball, around off, cutting back sharply, Miller looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 1.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 1.1 Down the leg side, flicked towards fine leg for a single.
  • Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end. Boy, did they miss him the other night.
  • 0.6 Another misfield. Full and outside off, RH drives it towards mid off where Rohit Sharma misfields and concedes a single. 5/0
  • 0.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 0.4 FOUR! Fast outfield. A length ball outside off, Hendricks punches it towards point. Manish Pandey leaps but can only get his fingers to it. The ball is palmed over. Axar Patel runs after it, so does Shardul Thakur from third man. The latter stops, seeing Axar dive but it is vain. Now Thakur blames Axar that had he not dived, he could have stopped the ball. Pandey too, asks Axar whether Thakur could have stopped the ball. The answer is a shake of the head from Axar. No way Shardul could have got to that.
  • 0.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 0.2 No feet movement. But plenty of ball movement. Full and outside off, swinging away, Reeza drives without moving his feet and misses.
  • 0.1 Outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • We are already back for the run chase. David Miller and Reeza Hendricks will open the innings for South Africa. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the innings with the ball. Hendricks to face. Here we go...

South Africa Vs India Live Score (T20) Ball by Ball Commentary

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 7496 117
4 New Zealand 7081 114
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 4341 124
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 England 2402 114