SA v IND 2018: 3rd T20I – India and South Africa battle for T20I supremacy for the perfect end to a long rivalry

The T20I series stands at 1-1.

Virat Kohli will miss the T20I series decider | Getty

South Africa and India will play the third and final T20I of the three-match series at Cape Town. The series is tied at 1-1, with South Africa winning the rain-marred encounter in Centurion and India winning the first T20I at Johannesburg.

Heinrich Klaasen and JP Duminy stunned India, as they went after the Indian bowlers keeping the impending shower predictions in the mind. Klaasen particularly was severe on Yuzvendra Chahal, who returned the worst bowling figures by an Indian bowler in T20Is. Their confidence going into the final match at Cape Town, where they will hope their openers also get into the game.

Their bowling was brilliant, especially Junior Dala, who has impressed with his pace and ability to deceive the batsmen.

India, on the other hand, will be excited to see Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni finally getting their batting correct. However, the form of their opener Rohit Sharma is a concern, who fell for a first ball in the second T20I. Indian bowlers, including Chahal, went for plenty thanks to the wet ball and they will hope for no more rain or drizzle.

The two-month-long tour deserved to end on a high and what better than two of the best T20I teams battling for the trophy with series tied 1-1.

Toss: South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl first

Playing XIs:

SOUTH AFRICA: Reeza Hendricks, Jean-Paul Duminy*, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi, Aaron Phangiso, Christiaan Jonker

INDIA: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma*, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Akshar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah


By Jatin Sharma - 24 Feb, 2018

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