India vs South Africa: Suresh Raina, Bhuvneshwar Kumar ace 3rd T20I report card; Axar Patel scores the lowest
Spurred on by a superb powerplay with the ball on a sluggish wicket at Cape Town, India raced to a seven-run win over South Africa. Here's rating every Indian player's performance in the final T20I.
India vs South Africa: Following IPL template for batting order in T20Is could bring Virat Kohli and Co more consistent success
A small tweak in the batting order could bring players to familiar batting positions and enhance India's chances of winning the final T20I against South Africa
India vs South Africa: Proteas captain JP Duminy says team 'kept composure with bat' after taking early wickets
Duminy said, "At the toss, we spoke about this being a semi-final and taking the series to Newlands. We kept our composure with the bat after taking early wickets."
India vs South Africa: Heinrich Klaasen says JP Duminy 'took the fear out' of his game which led to Centurion T20I win
Klaasen smashed 69 off 30 balls as the Proteas won by six wickets on Wednesday to level the three-match series 1-1. The big-hitting batsman said that Duminy, who put on 97 runs off 49 balls for the third wicket with Klaasen, told him to go big.
India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli says constant drizzle made it hard for his bowlers, after Centurion T20I loss
"Tough one for the bowlers. We were looking at 175 with the loss of early wickets. Manish and Raina batted well initially. Manish and MS were outstanding to get to 190. I thought that was a winning total. Then the weather made it hard for the bowlers."
India vs South Africa: Heinrich Klaasen says he fancied his chances against Yuzvendra Chahal after 2nd T20I blitzkrieg
"I fancy him quite a lot," said South African big-hitter Heinrich Klaasen of the hammering he dished out to Indian wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, a bowler the rest of his team has struggled to read.
India vs South Africa: Manish Pandey says it's 'tough' waiting in the wings, can deliver 'lot more' with greater chances
Pandey does understand the enormity of the task at hand even though he has the belief that with a more consistent run in the side, he can prove himself worthy of regular selection.
India vs South Africa: JP Duminy, Heinrich Klaasen the toppers in 2nd T20I report card, David Miller flunks test
Although South Africa's bowling suffered once again, it was their batting that clicked in this match and got them over the line comfortably, chasing down a target of 189 runs with eight deliveries to spare.
India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli has rare record in sight as Men in Blue look to wrap up T20I series in Centurion
How efficiently the Proteas execute their plans against India would be the key to determining whether they can keep the series alive after the match on Wednesday. The odds, though, are heavily stacked against them.
India vs South Africa: Suresh Raina is visitors' best bet at No 3 in T20Is, Johannesburg knock shouldn't be judged harshly
Raina bought into the strategy and hit out from the word go, making use of the licence given to hit as he saw fit. And it is imperative that the Indian think tank persists with this move going ahead.
India vs South Africa: How Bhuvneshwar Kumar built himself brick-by-brick into a massive impact player across formats
The wiry Bhuvneshwar possesses amazing skills which massively complement his intrinsic knowledge on how to construct an over, ball-by-ball. This might sound simple, but what goes into it isn’t.
India vs South Africa: Shikhar Dhawan's aggressive innings provides visitors' top order a template to follow in T20Is
Just when you thought that Dhawan would put his anchors down, he kept producing one magnificent shot after another, which showed his attacking mindset.
India vs South Africa 2018: With his record-breaking batting feats, Virat Kohli's mere presence now intimidates opponents
Virat Kohli's hunger, passion, commitment, talent and domination of bowling attacks over these past few months have been nothing short of sensational.
Kohli copped some criticism after India were comprehensively beaten in the first two Tests of the series at Cape Town and Centurion, which was a big comedown from the fantastic dominance at home.
India vs South Africa: Jacques Kallis says lack of exposure to quality leg-spinners at home reason for Proteas' struggle
Kallis said: "It takes time to read good leg-break bowlers. We have to accept we don't have enough world class leg-spinners in our country. So, this is a learning curve for the youngsters in our team."
India vs South Africa: R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja still not out of the race for World Cup 2019, says Bharat Arun
Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun said the door is not closed on Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup, despite the emergence of a red-hot wrist spin duo in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli scores tons with machine-like consistency; not even Sachin Tendulkar comes close
Kohli's Cape Town hundred was the second in three matches so far in this series, the third century in his last four matches and fourth century in his last six matches.
India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli continues to raise the bar with his batting but are Men in Blue over-reliant on him?
While Virat Kohli has taken his game to an even higher level, there is no doubt that more consistency and runs are needed from different quarters of the Indian batting line-up.
The South African batsmen have struggled to read the Indian wrist spinners and have camped on the back foot hoping to pick the turn off the pitch. But this is a hollow plan given the plentiful variations that Chahal and Kuldeep have in their armoury.
India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli's chanceless hundred in Cape Town ODI proves his mettle in all conditions
Kohli eschewed all risky shots and almost always played the ball along the ground. He ran like the hare and stole singles and twos aplenty (100 of his 160 runs came in this form).