India vs South Africa: India stay alive in T20I series after Gaikwad, Ishan and Chahal star in Vizag

IND vs SA, 3rd T20I: India beat South Africa by 48 runs in Vizag to stay alive in the series. Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad scored fifties for the Men in Blue in the must-win encounter.

Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer. Courtesy: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On Tuesday, India beat South Africa by 48 runs
  • India stayed alive in the five-match series
  • Kishan and Gaikwad scored half-centuries for India

India, on Tuesday, defeated South Africa by 48 runs in the third T20I of the five-match series. With the thumping win at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, the Men in Blue also stayed alive in the series after initially starting the series with two defeats on the trot.

After being put into bat first, India put up a formidable score of 179/5 on the board. However, the hosts would have been disappointed with the final total after Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad laid the platform with a 97-run partnership in 10 overs.

Gaikwad started cautiously, but stepped on the gas to notch his maiden T20I half-century off 30 balls. The right-hander scored a well-made 35-ball 57 before getting out caught and bowled to left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.

Kishan also scored 54 runs, but India slowed down a wee bit in the middle overs. It was only after Hardik Pandya’s 21-ball 31 that the hosts posted a respectable score on the board. Dwaine Pretorius was the pick of the South African bowlers with the wickets of Kishan and Rishabh Pant.

The Proteas, in their run-chase, could hardly get going. After Temba Bavuma got out cheaply, Reeza Hendricks and Pretorius scored in their 20s, but they failed to convert. Rassie van der Dussen was the star for his team in the first T20I, but he got out after scoring only a single.

Heinrich Klaasen, South Africa’s hero in the second T20I in Cuttack, threatened to take the game away from India. The right-hander scored 29 runs before Yuzvendra Chahal accounted for his wicket. Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers with three wickets for 20 runs.

Harshal Patel was a tad expensive, having conceded runs at an economy of 7.89, but he got four wickets to push South Africa on the backfoot. In the end, the Proteas huffed and puffed to 131 in 19.1 overs and lost the game by a big margin.

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