South Africa in India, 3 T20I Series, 2019

India vs South Africa - 3rd T20I

Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Date & Time: 22 September 2019

South Africa 140/1

RR: 8.31 | South Africa beat India by 9 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Reeza Hendricks c Virat Kohli (C) & b Hardik Pandya c Virat Kohli (C) & b Hardik Pandya 282640
Quinton de Kock not out not out 795265
Temba Bavuma not out not out 272321
Rassie van der Dussen
David Miller
Dwaine Pretorius
Andile Phehlukwayo
Bjorn Fortuin
Kagiso Rabada
Beuran Hendricks
Tabraiz Shamsi
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 2, w 4, nb 0)
Total 140 (1 Wkts, 16.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
76-1 (Reeza Hendricks,10.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Washington Sundar4 0 27 0 6.75
Deepak Chahar3 0 15 0 5.00
Navdeep Saini2 0 25 0 12.50
Krunal Pandya3.5 0 40 0 11.43
Hardik Pandya2 0 23 1 11.50
Ravindra Jadeja2 0 8 0 4.00

Right then. A washout in the first game. An Indian domination in the second. It was all about the visitors in the third as they managed to pull off an excellent win to level the 3-match T20I series. The two sides now will face off in the longer format of the game. The first one of the three Tests begins on October 2, 2019 at 0930 local (0400 GMT) in Visakhapatnam. Do join us for all the action. Take care and goodbye!

South African skipper, QUINTON DE KOCK IS ALSO THE MAN OF THE SERIES! He starts by saying that they kept things simple. Adds that there was something on offer for the quick bowlers and praises his spinners for keeping things tight. Lauds Hendricks for mixing up his pace and reading the conditions well. States that their fielding was really good too and they were very focused.

Time for the Indian skipper now. On his decision of batting first, Kohli starts by saying that's going to be the template heading into the T20 World Cup. Adds that the team is willing to do the hard work and that is a good thing. Praises the South African bowlers for hitting the right areas and admits that India didn't read the tempo of the game well. Feels that chasing has always been easier but only in T20 cricket as just a small partnership can help you win the game. He says that defending even 200 will be tougher if there are just a couple of good stands. On team selections, Kohli replies that they want to get the right squad as quickly as they can and further adds that those playing have been doing well in domestic cricket. Adds that they will continue backing the youngsters. Talks about the batting depth, an area they are looking to strengthen.

Man of the Match goes to Beuran Hendricks for his excellent bowling performance. Hendricks says that things worked really well for him. Mentions that he has been working hard behind the scenes. Adds that he doesn't look at the pitch much but he did get some assistance from the surface. He finishes by saying that one needs to be consistent with his lines and lengths to become a successful T20 bowler.

Temba Bavuma says he made his debut in T20Is when he did not expect it but he has worked hard and it has started off well. States you need to have the mindset to score quickly. Further adds he does not have the power like Gayle but his job is to keep the scoreboard ticking. On the six he hit in Mohali, he replies that he surprised himself and realized he can hit the ball a long way. Ends by saying they will get a lot of confidence after this win and it is important as there is a Test series coming up which is not going to be easy.

The Indian bowlers can't be blamed a lot as they did not have a lot to defend. They still could have been a lot better with their lines and lengths. In the end, you have to say, the Indians were outplayed in every department tonight. Stay tuned for the presentation in a while. Before that, Bavuma is giving an interview.

In the run chase, the South African openers, Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks did an excellent job by adding 76 runs. They were helped by the Indian bowlers who were extremely poor. Every bowler, even the spinners were extremely short which made it easy for the batters to score the runs. Reeza Hendricks did fall after getting a start but de Kock continued and Bavuma also fulfilled his role. The two added another important stand and took their side over the line. De Kock looked absolutely fluent throughout the innings and apart from that missed review chance by the Indians, he did not offer any opening.

A comprehensive win for the South Africans. An excellent performance in a must-win game from them. Also, this is de Kock's first win as T20I skipper and he has played an integral part in it. However, a lot of credit has to be given to their bowlers as they set up the game for them. Brilliant efforts from Beuran Hendricks, who was brought into the team for this game, the two spinners and Rabada ensured they keep India to a total which was under par.

K Pandya to T Bavuma, SIX! Well, If you don't allow the single to win the game, Bavuma will seal it with a six. Shortish ball on middle, Bavuma stays back and hammers this over the long on fence for a maximum. SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 9 WICKETS AND DRAW THE SERIES 1-1.
K Pandya to T Bavuma, Quicker one on the pads, Bavuma works it towards square leg and looks for a run. Jadeja there hares at the ball and makes sure the batters do not get the winning run with ball in his stride. Excellent work, even after knowing the result. 100 percent commitment.
K Pandya to T Bavuma, Flighted ball on off, Bavuma sweeps it fine down the leg side for a couple.
K Pandya to T Bavuma, Flatter one on middle, blocked nicely.
K Pandya to de Kock, Shortish one, de Kock goes to pull but gets it off the higher part of the bat towards long on for a run.
R Jadeja to de Kock, Quicker one around off, worked through mid-wicket for a single by QdK.
R Jadeja to T Bavuma, On middle, Bavuma sweeps it behind square leg for a single.
R Jadeja to de Kock, Fuller one on the leg stump, nudged towards fine leg for a single.
R Jadeja to T Bavuma, Shortish length, punched through covers for a run.
R Jadeja to T Bavuma, Fires this one around off and makes it turn away from the batter. Bavuma is beaten all ends up.
R Jadeja to T Bavuma, Goes for the reverse sweep but finds the point fielder. This was a quicker one on middle.
K Pandya to T Bavuma, Bavuma now retains strike as he guides it through point.
K Pandya to de Kock, 50-run stand up! Another good one and this stand has ensured South Africa's win. De Kock works this through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
K Pandya to de Kock, SIX! That made a cracking sound off the bat. 5th maximum for de Kock. This is a risk free shot. With the turn, the slog sweep, it is right off the middle and into the mid-wicket stand. 10 more needed.
K Pandya to T Bavuma, On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
K Pandya to de Kock, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
K Pandya to de Kock, FOUR! De Kock scoring boundaries at will now. This is floated up outside off. De Kock goes down on one knee and lofts it over the cover fielder for a boundary.

Krunal Pandya is back!

R Jadeja to T Bavuma, Fuller around off, Bavuma goes for a reverse sweep but can't connect
R Jadeja to T Bavuma, Beaten this time. A fullish length ball, closer to the off pole. Bavuma plays down the line of the ball but misses.
R Jadeja to T Bavuma, In the air... Just short of the cover fielder. Maybe the ball stopped a bit in the air as Bavuma's drive goes uppishly towards cover.
R Jadeja to de Kock, On the pads this time, QdK looks to flick but can't connect it well. It lands short of the fine leg fielder. They taken on.
R Jadeja to T Bavuma, On middle again, Bavuma goes back and sweeps it through square for an easy single.
R Jadeja to T Bavuma, Flighted ball around middle, Bavuma paddle sweeps it towards fine leg for a couple.

Finally, Ravindra Jadeja is brought into the attack!

H Pandya to T Bavuma, A single to end as this is worked through mid-wicket.
H Pandya to de Kock, One more short ball on off, this is pulled to deep square leg for one.
H Pandya to de Kock, Angles this one on off from around the wicket. It is kept out.
H Pandya to de Kock, FOUR! De Kock wants to end this early now. A boundary after the biggie. This is full and outside off. De Kock lofts it over covers and bags a boundary. Also, de Kock now has 1000 runs in T20Is.
H Pandya to de Kock, SIX! He has picked the bones out of that one. Once again this is bowled right in de Kock's zone. Short and on middle, de Kock pulls it with utmost ease over the square leg fence.
H Pandya to de Kock, Way too short and outside off. It is left alone. Wided.
H Pandya to de Kock, Shorter and outside off, this is slapped to covers.
N Saini to T Bavuma, Good length ball around off, blocked towards point. Another 10 run over for the visitors.
N Saini to T Bavuma, FOUR! Poor ball and got the treatment it deserved. This is full toss on the pads, Bavuma this time flicks it through mid-wicket and the ball races to the fence. Rohit seemed unhappy there as he pointed something to the bowler.
N Saini to T Bavuma, FOUR! Up and over! Good length ball around off, Bavuma shuffles towards the leg side and lifts it over the cover fieldsman for a boundary.
N Saini to T Bavuma, On the pads this time, flicked for a couple through square leg.
N Saini to T Bavuma, Excellent stop from Rohit Sharma! Superb anticipation reflex. Good length ball outside off, Bavuma looks to drive but gets an outside edge. The ball looked to be racing towards the third man fence but Rohit Sharma at first slip dives to his right and stops.
N Saini to T Bavuma, Fuller one to start with. It is on off, Bavuma drives it straight back to the bowler.

Navdeep Saini is back on!

H Pandya to de Kock, A dot to end an action-packed over. 10 runs and a wicket from it. Short and outside off, de Kock looks to upper cut it but misses.
H Pandya to de Kock, FOUR! Fifty for de Kock, h gets there in style. Consecutive fifties for him and it is his 4th in T20Is. He is really relishing the role of becoming a skipper with the bat. He though would want to continue and probably hit the winning runs which levels the series. He goes inside out to get to the milestone. It is full and outside off. De Kock lofts it over covers and it races away to the fence.
H Pandya to de Kock, WIDE! Another slower one outside off, this one grips off the surface and turns away too. It goes outside the tramline and it is wided.