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India won the 3rd T20 by 7 runs.
Brilliant captaincy from Rohit Sharma in Virat kohli absence. His impressive bowling changes amassed everyone in the match.
C JONKER gave India scare by turning one sided match into mouth watering match.
The 3 time IPL title winning captain Rohit Sharma showed his skills once again in the shorter format. This is his 4th consecutive win in T20 for India. He certainly better captain than Virat Kohli.
Earlier in the match South Africa once again won the toss and elected to bat first.The shocking news came when Rohit Sharma came out for the toss. Virat Kohli Absence in the pressure match could made the difference. However India assure to bank on Rohit in this format. He holds good experience of captaincy in IPL..
India start didn’t got according to the expectation. Rohit poor form in South Africa continues as captain lost his wicket for 11 runs. Suresh Raina 43 once again came to the bat at number 3. He looked confident from the ball one. Raina showed his intent by hitting six on 1st ball. veteran left hander played his natural aggressive game while Shikhar Dhawan 47 stroked runs cautiously. Rohit Sharma once again surprised everyone by sending Hardik Pandya at number 4. Though Pandya could not made big up the order. Dinesh Kartik Small cameo of 13 runs in 6 balls in the end helped Indiia to post 172 runs on the board.
wicket at New land gripped a bit in the 1st innings which gave India hope the total will be enough to defend. Indian seamers responded in style with tight bowling. Bhuvneshvar Kumar draw the 1st blood by knocking Reeza Hendricks cheaply. Other fast bowlers Bumrah, Shardul and Hardik pandya gave nothing to the proteas batsman to free their arms.
Indian create pressure on South Africa and result of that Miller, Klaasen and Chris Morris lose their wicket while exploring their run rate. Captain JP Duminy played the lone warrior knock of 55 runs in 41 balls. But he to got in improvising a big shot to counter the required run rate. that moment it seemed like it’s all over for home side. India to got bit relaxed. however C JONKER takes the matter in his hand he scored runs at his will. jonker won’t showed any sign of debut. He thrilled the crowed with 18 runs in Shardul Thakur and then 16 runs in Jasprit Bumrah Over. South Africa required 19 runs in last over.But he was against the most sucessful bowler of the series. Buvneshwar bowled with intelligence and restrict South Africa to 11 runs in his over. C JONKER scored 49 runs in 24 balls.
Brief score : IND 172/7 (20.0 Ovs)RSA 165/6 (20.0 Ovs)
Note: Suresh Raina Adjudged player of the match while Bhuvneshwar Kumar won Man of the series award.