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Highlights, India vs South Africa 2018, 3rd T20I at Cape Town, Full cricket score: Visitors win by 7 runs, clinch series 2-1

Date: Sunday, 25 February, 2018 01:23 IST Match Status: Yet to Start
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  • That's it from us at Firstpost as we come to the end of the marathon tour of South Africa. It was a great learning curve for the Indians, as they fell short in the first two matches of the three-Test series despite putting in a great effort, before bouncing back in style to not only win the Wanderer's Test, but bag the ODI and T20I series 5-1 and 2-1 respectively!  Was fitting for the series to end in such a thrilling manner, with debutant Christiaan Jonker nearly guiding the Proteas home in a late burst, while falling short of what would've been a dream half-century on debut by just one run. On that note, it is time for me, Amit, to sign off as we mark the end of our coverage for this tour. We certainly look forward to catching our breaths in the break that follows before the 'Men in Blue' return to action in the T20I Tri-Series in Sri Lanka. For now, I bid you good night on behalf of my colleague Devdutt, as well as our statistician Umang Pabari and freelance cricket writer Chetan Narula, who provided us with valuable inputs from ground zero. 

  • Virat Kohli : Having received it twice in a row is something very very special. To be able to maintain your performances is very pleasing at the international level. Full credit to the support staff as well as the boys. We are in a very exciting position at the moment. (On learning in South Africa tour) We understood the cricket that we need to play overseas, as well as the mindset that one needs for such a tour. That is something that we'll take back home. We take a lot of learning back home as a Test team. I would say we are still 80 percent. We haven't been able to play as we would've like. We certainly don't feel we are 100 percent yet. To be a world-class side for a long period of time, you need to be at your 95-100 percent everywhere you play. 

  • Virat Kohli is handed the ICC mace by Sunil Gavaskar and Graeme Pollock, former batting greats, for being the No 1 Test side in the world. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most runs by a captain on an away tour across formats: 937 - Graeme Smith in England, 2003 (16 innings) 871 - Virat Kohli in South Africa, 2017/18 (14 innings)* 785 - Allan Border in England, 1985 (14 innings) 769 - Alastair Cook in India, 2012/13 (13 innings) 767 - Andrew Strauss in West Indies, 2008/09 (15 innings)

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Man of the Series winners in India's last three T20I series:   Jasprit Bumrah v New Zealand, 2017 Jaydev Unadkat v Sri Lanka, 2017 Bhuvneshwar Kumar v South Africa, 2018    All pacers!

  • Rohit Sharma, India's stand-in captain: To be honest, I thought we were 15 runs short. How the first half went, I thought we lost our way towards the end. I mean these things happen and we learn from it. It was a decent score and once again, the bowlers did it for us. Hopefully we can move forward as a group in the coming games. We discussed certain plans and it worked. We tried to keep the ball on the stumps. It was a complete bowling unit performance.

  • Suresh Raina is the Man of the Match. He scored 43 runs and took a wicket. Raina: You need to show intent in the first 6 overs. Credit to Kohli and Shastri for giving me the freedom. (On his first-ball six) When you get the ball in your area, you hit it. What we've done in the last one and a half months, no team has done in years. Credit goes to the support staff, who gave us a lot of confidence to express ourselves.

  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the Man of the Series!  "First of all thanks to IPL which makes every bowler a thinking bowler. You've to think each and every ballIt's very important to not give away too much in the first six overs. I always try to keep it simple, knuckle ball and bouncer comes into play. Enjoyed the whole tour, especially Test matches," says Bhuvi! 

  • JP Duminy, South African captain : They bowled pretty well in our batting powerplay. We couldn't get boundaries, and when we got boundaries, we couldn't get the singles either. Definitely thought 170 was gettable. Gotta give them credit for the way they executed their plans. I'm really proud of the way the guys went, especially Jonker in his first game. Full credit to India. Outstanding white-ball tour. First two Tests was good for us, and then winning the third Test gave them a lot of confidence. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    This is India's eighth consecutive bilateral T20I series win of three or more matches. They have not lost any till day.   India in bilateral T20I series of three or more matches:   v Australia, 2015/16 (3-0)  v Sri Lanka, 2015/16 (2-1)  v Zimbabwe, 2016 (2-1)  v England, 2016/17 (2-1)  v New Zealand, 2017/18 (2-1)  v Sri Lanka, 2017/18 (2-1)  v South Africa, 2017/18

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar took seven wickets in this series - the most by an Indian pacer in a bilateral T20I series.

  • The victorious camp!

  • After 20 overs,South Africa 165/6 ( Farhaan Behardien 15 , ) Bhuvneshwar bowls the final over. Jonker can only collect a single off the first ball, smacking it towards sweeper cover. Behardien uppercuts a short, wide ball over short third man for a four. Single collected off the third ball, with an under-pressure Bhuvneshwar conceding a wide off the fourth. Jonker squeezes a full toss down the ground for a couple of runs. Two off the fifth delivery, with Jonker squeezing a full delivery towards square-leg for a double. Full toss off the last ball, with Jonker getting a leading edge to get caught by Rohit at extra cover.  India win by 7 runs to win the three-T20I series 2-1. That's two trophies to India out of three in this tour. 

  • OUT ! Jonker is the last man to fall, getting a leading edge towards extra cover, as India win by 7 runs to win the three-T20I series 2-1! Jonker doesn't quite connect to a full toss from Bhuvi (wouldn't have matter much even if he had middled it), as the stand-in captain fittingly takes the safe catch to seal off a thrilling win.  SA 165/6 Jonker c Rohit b Bhuvneshwar 49(24)

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist in Cape Town

    It's all over... with a ball to spare... Bhuvi has held his line... 8 to win off 1... surely the most reliable Indian pacer can mess this up!!     

  • FOUR ! Short and wide from Bhuvneshwar, and Behardien cuts this one over short third man! SA 159/5, need another 14 from four balls. 

  • Bhuvneshwar returns to the attack to bowl the final over. For a change, both batsmen as well as bowler are under pressure now. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist in Cape Town

    Jonker is seriously quick between the wickets... some running that. Are South Africa, nay, is he turning this game?     

  • South Africa need 19 off the last over, with debutant Jonker on strike. 

  • After 19 overs,South Africa 154/5 ( Christiaan Jonker 44 , Farhaan Behardien 10) Behardien smacks a full toss along the leg stump towards the backward square-leg fence off the first ball. Two balls later, we have Jonker smashing the ball over the long on fence for his second six. Two quick doubles collected off the next two deliveries, with the 150 coming up for the Proteas. Single collected off the last ball. 16 off Bumrah's final over. South Africa still have a slim chance. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist in Cape Town

    18 off that last over... Jonker making a mark on T20 debut. Pretty ordinary from Thakur that over. More work for Bumrah to do.     

  • SIX ! Smashed over the long on fence, and suddenly the South African hopes have been restored! SA 149/5

  • FOUR ! Smashed away towards the leg side by Behardein, who is providing some valuable support to Jonker right now! SA 142/5

  • South Africa need 35 off the last 12 balls. 

  • After 18 overs,South Africa 138/5 ( Christiaan Jonker 33 , Farhaan Behardien 5) Huge over for the Proteas, although one wonders if it arrived a tad to late for them. 18 collected off it, with Jonker smashing a six and three fours off it to race away to 33. Whether he guides the Proteas home today or not, he certainly would've impressed the national selectors on international debut. 

  • FOUR ! Flat hit from Jonker, with the ball landing just short of the padded cushion at deep midwicket! SA 138/5

  • FOUR ! Jonker smashes a full delivery from Thakur down the ground to collect his fourth boundary! SA 134/5

  • FOUR ! Right after the six! Jonker gets a thick edge, which travels over short third man and runs away to the fence! SA 130/5

  • SIX ! Jonker carves this one over the cow-corner fence for his first six! SA 126/5

  • South Africa need 53 off the last 3 overs — a near-impossible equation for the Proteas now. 

  • After 17 overs,South Africa 120/5 ( Christiaan Jonker 15 , Farhaan Behardien 5) Bumrah starts his third over off with a wide, with Morris getting off the mark with a thick edge that sends the ball running away to the third man fence. Morris however, is castled off the third delivery, getting his middle stump uprooted. Behardien gets off the mark with a single off the first ball that he faces, before smacking the ball down the ground for a four two balls later. 

  • FOUR ! Smacked down the ground by new batsman Behardien, guiding it towards the long off fence! SA 120/5

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist in Cape Town

    Bowled him and jumps... Bumrah making a difference again in this game!     

  • BOWLED EM ! Bumrah's made an absolute mess of the middle stump as Morris misses the ball completely while looking to slog one towards the leg side. SA 114/5 Morris b Bumrah 4(3)

  • FOUR ! First boundary for Morris, as a thick edge off his bat sends the ball flying towards the third man fence. SA 114/4

  • After 16 overs,South Africa 110/4 ( Christiaan Jonker 14 , Chris Morris 0) Thakur returns to the attack, with Duminy and Jonker exchanging singles off the first two deliveries before the captain decides to change his bat. Gets a boundary off the third delivery, which brings up his 11th T20I fifty. Goes for a double off the penultimate ball, before perishing off the last delivery, getting caught by Rohit near extra-cover. Eight runs and a wicket off it. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist in Cape Town

    And Duminy is gone... the main batsman is gone... he needed to finish this game for South Africa, set batsman is very valuable on this pitch.... but he is gone now. The game turns in India's favour... they are in the driving seat now.     

  • OUT! Duminy perishes off the last ball of the 16th over, and that nearly puts all South African hopes to an end, as the SA captain lobs the ball up in the air towards extra-cover, where his Indian counterpart Rohit takes a safe catch. SA 109/4 Duminy c Rohit b Thakur 55(41)

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most 50-plus scores for South Africa in T20Is:   11 - JP DUMINY* 10 - AB de Villiers 8 - Faf du Plessis

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    JP Duminy becomes the fourth captain to score two fifty-plus scores in a bilateral T20I series after Kumar Sangakkara, Mohammad Hafeez and Kane Williamson.     

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist in Cape Town

    South Africa have to go after everything now... Duminy marshalling the innings but this is getting beyond his reach too... Two big overs needed... atleast one and a half!     

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist in Cape Town

    South Africa have to go after everything now... Duminy marshalling the innings but this is getting beyond his reach too... Two big overs needed... atleast one and a half!     

  • FOUR ! Another captain's knock from Duminy, as he smacks the ball towards the extra-cover fence for his second four, bringing up his 11th T20I half-century and his second on the trot! Takes 38 balls to bring up the milestone. SA 107/3

  • Thakur back into the attack in the 16th over of the innings. SA need 72 off the last 30 balls. 

  • After 15 overs,South Africa 101/3 ( JP Duminy (C) 48 , Christiaan Jonker 13) Bumrah returns to the attack in the 15th over of the innings. Jonker gets a single off the first ball, with Duminy smashing his second six two balls later, with the ball sailing over the long on boundary. Singles collected off the next two balls, with the 100 coming up for the Proteas. Duminy keeps the strike with a single off the last ball. 10 off the over. 

  • SIX ! Smashed down the ground by Duminy, getting his timing off a full delivery right on the occasion! SA 98/3

  • Jasprit Bumrah returns to the attack in the 15th over of the innings. 

  • After 14 overs,South Africa 91/3 ( JP Duminy (C) 40 , Christiaan Jonker 11) Raina returns to the attack. "13.5 chahiye" yells Dhoni to his CSK teammate, talking about the required run rate. Debutant Jonker gets off the mark with a double off the third delivery, before collecting back-to-back fours. Collects a single off the last delivery to keep the strike. 12 off the over.  

  • FOUR ! Back-to-back boundaries for Jonker already, although this one's hit a little squarer than the previous one. SA 90/3

  • FOUR ! First boundary for Jonker in international cricket, as he guides a short, quicker delivery towards the fine-leg fence, guiding it past the fielder stationed inside the circle. SA 86/3

India vs South Africa, 3rd T20I in Cape Town, latest update: Bhuvneshwar bowls the final over. Jonker can only collect a single off the first ball, smacking it towards sweeper cover. Behardien uppercuts a short, wide ball over short third man for a four. Single collected off the third ball, with an under-pressure Bhuvneshwar conceding a wide off the fourth. Jonker squeezes a full toss down the ground for a couple of runs. Two off the fifth delivery, with Jonker squeezing a full delivery towards square-leg for a double. Full toss off the last ball, with Jonker getting a leading edge to get caught by Rohit at extra cover.

India win by 7 runs to win the three-T20I series 2-1. That's two trophies to India out of three in this tour.

Preview: India and South Africa will battle it out in the series-deciding third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Newlands Stadium here on Saturday.

In the first game, a brilliant all-round show helped visitors beat hosts South Africa by 28 runs at Johannesburg. In the second game, South Africa, who lost the One-Day International (ODI) series 1-5, kept the T20I series alive by registering a six-wicket victory at Centurion.

The second match was a show of respective batting resolves by both sides, especially of their middle-order batsmen. While Manish Pandey (79 not out off 48) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (52 not out off 28) responded for India, the hosts had to thank Heinrich Klaasen (69 off 30) and Jean-Paul Duminy (64 not out off 40) as they overhauled the visitors' total of 189/4 with six wickets and 1.2 overs to spare.

India stand-in captain Rohit Sharma and South Africa captain JP Duminy. AFP

India stand-in captain Rohit Sharma and South Africa captain JP Duminy. AFP

Klassen and Duminy were particularly harsh on leg-spinner Yuzvender Chahal (0/64) and left-arm medium pacer Jaydev Unadkat (2/42) in the second match. These two will be eager to bounce back with improved performances in the third match as captain Virat Kohli trusts them.

Kohli will depend on seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, if he is not rested, to provide the early breakthroughs. It is though not clear whether Kohli prefers to rest Bhuvneshwar, the way the team rested fellow pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the second match. Bhuvneshwar has played a lot in the tour which comes to end with the match on Saturday.

The place of pacer Shardul Thakur is not guaranteed as the Mumbai right-armer has not impressed much in the two matches. The match may see the return of chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

In the batting department, alongside skipper Kohli, batsmen Rohit Sharma, Dhawan, Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Pandey will look to make the most of their capabilities this time also.

Batsman Suresh Raina, who made a comeback in the T20Is will act as a vital cog in the middle-order and will look to proving his mettle after scoring 46 runs in two games.

The home camp will be high on confidence after ending their three-match losing streak across ODIs and the first T20I. They must have been relieved the way they dealt with Chahal, who tormented them in the ODIs.

While Reeza Hendricks punished the Indian spinners in the opener, Klassen and captain Duminy did the job in the second game. Farhaan Behardien and David Miller have not lived up to the expectations yet and the match gives them another chance to make impact and impress the selectors ahead of the busy schedule.

The bowling department, featuring Andile Phehlukwayo, Junior Dala, Dane Paterson and Chris Morris along with chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi will have to come up with something special in order to get rid of the flamboyant Indian batsmen.

Squads:

India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur.

South Africa squad: Jean-Paul Duminy (captain), Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala, AB de Villiers, Reeza Hendricks, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts.

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Feb 25, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114