IND vs SA Final Match
The IND vs SA final T20I of the three-match T20I series was played at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, the battle between Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and Temba Bavuma-led South Africa National Cricket Team on Tuesday, October 4.
South Africa National Cricket Team crushed India National Cricket Team by 49 runs in the third T20I encounter, after losing the first two games, to avoid the clean sweep. India took the trophy home by winning the series 2-1.
In the Beginning, India National Cricket Team won the toss and elected to bowl first. The Men In Blue made three changes to the playing XI as KL Rahul and Virat Kohli were rested and Arshdeep Singh was out with a back injury.
Shreyas Iyer, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj were included in the playing XI. On the other hand, the Proteas made just one change to the playing XI as Dwaine Pretorius replaced Anrich Nortje.
South Africa batting openers – Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma – failed to have a good partnership for the third consecutive time in the India T20I series.
Captain Temba Bavuma, who failed to get off the mark in the first two matches, got dismissed by pacer Umesh Yadav for 8-ball 3 in the 5th over of the innings. At the end of the powerplay, Proteas were at 48/1.
Then, wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock batted brilliantly and completed his half-century off 33 balls and South Africa completed 100 runs in 10.1 overs. He got run-out in the 13th over after scoring brilliant 68 runs off 43 balls, including 6 fours and 4 sixes.
Batter Rilee Rossouw, who also failed miserably in the first two games, batted exceptionally and smashed a marvellous century. He smashed brilliant 100 runs off 48 balls, including 7 fours and 8 sixes.
Also, David Miller (19 runs off 5 balls) and Tristan Stubbs ( 23 runs off 18 balls) chipped in with brilliant contributions to help South Africa post 227/3 on the board.
Chasing the target, India were off to an awful start as skipper Rohit Sharma was cleaned up by Kagiso Rabada for a duck in the first over and Shreyas Iyer was cleaned up by Wayne Parnell for 1 in the second over.
After losing two quick wickets, veteran wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik and young wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant had a 41-run partnership in 20 balls. Pant got out in the 5th over after scoring 27 runs off 14 balls, including 3 fours and 2 sixes, and Karthik got dismissed in the 7th over after scoring 46 runs off 21 balls, including 4 fours and 4 sixes.
India’s highest ranked batter Suryakumar Yadav (8), all-rounder Axar Patel (9), bowling all-rounder Harshal Patel (17) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2) also failed to contribute big runs.
In the end, Deepak Chahar showcased some great batting and smashed 31 runs off 17 balls, including 2 fours and 3 sixes. Also, Umesh Yadav scored decent 20* runs, but India was bundled out for 178 in 18.3 overs.