IND vs SA 3rd T20I Highlights: The ‘Men in Blue’ finally got successful in saving the series by registering a powering 48 runs win over South Africa in the third T20I of the five-match T20I series on Tuesday. The win came as a ray of hope for the home side who were under pressure after losing the first two T20Is of the series. Now after reversing their gears & returning to winning ways, India will hope to win the remaining two T20Is to clinch the series.
Gaikwad-Ishan’s 97-run stand laid the foundation for hosts win
The match unfolded with India winning the toss & opting to bat first. India got off to a scintillating start with openers Ruturaj Gaikwad & Ishan Kishan rotating strikes & hitting boundaries occasionally to accelerate their innings. The duo stitched a fruitful 97-run stand for the opening wicket to help India have an upper hand right from the beginning. Gaikwad was merciless in front of Proteas bowling attack. He smashed Nortje for five successive fours in the fifth over to exert pressure on South Africa. Ishan on the other end provided him great support by scoring runs at a brisk pace. Finally, Proteas got the much-needed breakthrough in the 10th over when Keshav Maharaj removed Gaikwad for 57 runs in 35 balls.
Then came Shreyas Iyer on the crease who along with Kishan kept the scoreboard moving for India. After Gaikwad’s dismissal, Kishan adopted the aggressor approach & kept smashing Proteas bowlers all across the park. In the 12th over of the series, he brought up his second half-century of the series off just 30 balls. However, after the first 10 overs, India’s run rate experienced a steep fall. Shreyas Iyer (14 off 11) was sent packing in the 13th over followed by Ishan Kishan who was dismissed by Pretorious for 54 runs off 34 balls. The fall of Ishan’s wicket resulted in a mini-collapse for India as Rishabh Pant (6) & Dinesh Karthik (6) both failed to get going with the bat.
However, Hardik Pandya on the crease meant India ended their innings at a decent 179 runs in the allotted 20 overs. Hardik’s gleaming 31 off 21 balls provided finishing touches to India’s innings & helped them to end at a decent score. For South Africa, Dwaine Pretorious was the star bowler who claimed 2 for 29 in 4 overs.
Harshal, Chahal’s lethal bowling show dismantled SA’s batting attack
Chasing a decent 180 runs target, South Africa got off to a disastrous start as they lost two wickets for just 28 runs within the first six overs. Axar Patel removed Captain Temba Bavuma while Harshal Patel got the better of Reeza Hendricks on the last ball of the powerplay overs.
Yuzvendra Chahal made a stupendous comeback after facing failure in the first two T20Is. He scalped crucial wickets in the middle overs to rattle Proteas’ batting order. Chahal removed dangerous Dussen in the seventh over followed by Pretorious in the ninth over. At halfway, SA was 63-4 with 117 runs still needed from the last 10 overs of the chase. The chase got more difficult for South Africa when Chahal scalped his third wicket of the day by removing Heinrich Klassen for 29 runs in the 15th over. Wickets kept falling for South Africa as Harshal Patel & Bhuvneshwar Kumar kept scalping crucial wickets in the death overs thereby wrapping Proteas innings at 131 with five balls to spare. For India Harshal Patel & Yuzvendra Chahal starred with the ball by returning with four & three wickets each.
The 48 runs win will act as a huge morale booster for India who was searching for a win in the ongoing five-match T20I series. India will look ahead to continue their winning momentum in the fourth T20I of the innings slated to be played at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on 17th June 2022.
IND vs SA 3rd T20I Highlights: Brief Scores:
India 179-5 in 20 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 57, Ishan Kishan 54, Dwaine Pretorius 2-29) vs South Africa (Heinrich Klassen 29, Reeza Hendricks 23, Harshal Patel 4-25)
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