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India vs South Africa 2018, Third T20I in Cape Town Highlights - Raina and Bhuvneshwar Steal Show

Catch all the live action of the third T20I between South Africa and India in Cape Town through our live blog.


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00:56 (IST)

So, that's it. Bhuvneshwar Kumar holds his nerve at the end and Jonker effort goes in vain, SA will be disappointed with the way they fielded. India win this one by 7 runs and take the series 2-1! They take two trophies on what will be termed as a successful SA tour!

00:44 (IST)

Jonker hasn't got the script it seems, brilliant batting from the debutant. Picking up 16 runs from that Bumrah over, and that means South Africa need 19 runs from the last over to win this one.

00:39 (IST)

Jonker not willing to throw in the towel just yet, big over for South Africa as they pick up  runs from it, including 1 sixe and 3 fours from it. SA manage to stay afloat here, they need 35 off 12 balls here.

00:31 (IST)

WICKET! Terrific from Bumrah, and he is elated with joy. Straight and fast, Morris misses that one and it goes onto clatter the middle stump. It goes for a cartwheel. SA 114/5

00:28 (IST)

WICKET! Thakur gets the big wicket, JP Duminy skys that one and Rohit Sharma completes a simple catch. That might well be the match here for India. SA 109/4 after 16 overs.

00:26 (IST)

50! JP Duminy reaches his half-century off 38 balls, he is the key wicket here. SA's required run rate keeps on climbing and they really need a miracle from Duminy if they are to win this one.

00:21 (IST)

100 is up for South Africa, Duminy has been fighting a lone battle for South Africa here and he continues to do so. Smashing Bumraj for a six and picking up 10 runs from the over. Still a lot more required, SA need 72 from the final 5 overs.

00:21 (IST)

100 is up for South Africa, Duminy has been fighting a lone battle for South Africa here and he continues to do so. Smashing Bumraj for a six and picking up 10 runs from the over. Still a lot more required, SA need 72 from the final 5 overs.

00:17 (IST)

Jonker starts well for South Africa, gets a couple of boundaries away, despite Dhoni's clear instruction of "Dande pe Tez Mat Daal", Raina doesn't comply and pays the price. SA 91/3 after 14 overs.

00:12 (IST)

WICKET! Pandya strikes, big breakthrough for India, The dangerous Klaasen departs. It was hit hard but Bhuvneshwar takes a good catch at mid off. Klaasen departs 7, SA 79/3.

00:07 (IST)

Big over for South Africa, Duminy measure Axar Patel for 2 huge sixes, South Africa pick up 17 runs from the over and run rate crosses 6 finally. They are 74/2 after 12 overs.

00:04 (IST)

Again, just 6 runs coming off that Pandya over. The required run rate now close to 13. SA really need a Duminy special here. They are 58/2 after 11 overs.

23:59 (IST)

South Africa really struggling on this pitch here, 10 overs gone and they are 53/2, they need big final 10 overs if they are to win this series.

23:55 (IST)

WICKET! Raina strikes, David Miller's appalling stay at the crease comes to an end. He departs for 24 off 22 balls, but this might well be a blessing in disguise for SA. They are 45/2

23:54 (IST)

Another quite over, again just 7 runs coming off it despite Miller getting a maximum. SA 45/1 after 9 overs and they are really struggling here.

23:50 (IST)

Suresh Raina comes into the attack, ahead of Axar Patel, probably because of the two left handers at the crease. SA 38/1 after 8 overs here.

23:47 (IST)

Hardik Pandya comes into the attack,India seem to have learnt that slower balls are the way to go on this pitch. Extremely difficult for the batsmen to find any sort of timing. SA 30/1 after 7 overs.

23:42 (IST)

Shardul Thakur has really impressed on the big stage so far, he gives away only 3 runs and thats the end of the powerplay. Complete contrast to India who were 57/1 after their 6 overs, SA meanwhile are 25/1 after 6 overs

23:38 (IST)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar completes his third over, again on the money as he gives away only 5 runs. SA not looking in a hurry here as well. They move to 22/1 after 5 overs.

23:34 (IST)

Shardul Thakur comes into the attack, and despite conceding a boundary, he gives away only 6 runs. South Africa not getting any momentum at all so far. SA are 18/1 after 4 overs.

23:29 (IST)

WICKET! Bhuvneshwar strikes, slower ball that one and Hendricks can only manage to sky that one, Dhawan completes a simple catch in the inner ring. Big wicket for India as Hendricks departs for 7. SA 10/1

23:25 (IST)

Excellent from Bumrah, maintains tight line and length throughout the first over. He gives away just 3 runs there, SA 8/0 after 2 overs.

23:22 (IST)

Hendricks getting a boundary in that over, and South Africa picking up 5 runs from the first one. Interstingly, Miller has joined Hendricks for opening today, he hasn't had the best of series yet, can he deliver in the decider?

23:04 (IST)

So, India finish at 172/7 in their 20 overs. Raina and Dhawan again contributing with the bat. Karthik also playing a little cameo towards the end. The pitch is a tad slow, so India certainly have an above par total. Do join us soon for the chase!

23:03 (IST)

WICKET! Chris Morris gets his second over in the wicket, again Karthik going across the wicket but the ball jags back in and he is hit right in front of the wicket.Good little cameo ends for 13.

22:59 (IST)

WICKET! Pandya departs now, going for the big one, Morris strikes in the last over. A top edge and Klaasen completes a simple catch. India 163/6 after 19.2 overs.

22:57 (IST)

Excellent from Dinesh Karthik, playing his first match on the tour, but he finds two boundaries off the first two balls he faces. India pick up 15 runs from the over despite losing a wicket. They move to 162/5 after 19 overs.

22:52 (IST)

WICKET! MS Dhoni departs, third wicket for Junior Dala. Again Dhoni trying to go for the maximum after finding a boundary first ball. Miller is a safe fielder and he completes a catch near the ropes. Dhoni departs for 12, India 151/5

22:49 (IST)

SIX! Pandya gets one right off the screws, it goes all the way for a six. Just what was required for India heading into the final couple of overs. 11 runs coming off the Morris over, India 147/4 after 18 overs.

22:46 (IST)

The boundaries drying up for India, but Dhoni and Pandya stealing singles. India 136/4 after 17 overs.

India vs South Africa 2018, Third T20I in Cape Town Highlights - Raina and Bhuvneshwar Steal Show

Catch all the live action of the third T20I between South Africa and India in Cape Town through our live blog.


India would be eyeing a perfect end to what has been a thoroughly roller-coaster tour when they take on a depleted but not completely deflated South Africa in the decisive third Twenty20 International here on Saturday. Having suffered a minor setback in the previous game, India will look to recover and close out this eight-week long tour with a series’ win. The three-match series is level at 1-1 after the Men in Blue won the first T20I in Johannesburg by 28 runs. The Proteas bounced back in Centurion with a six-wicket win. India have never played T20 cricket at Newlands. This will be their first such outing, while South Africa have a less than impressive record here. They have played 8 T20Is, and lost 5 of them here. The two wins came in the 2007 World T20 and as such the hosts have only ever won a singular bilateral T20I game (against England in 2016) at Cape Town. It doesn’t necessarily give the visitors an advantage.

Through this limited-overs’ leg, South Africa have shown that they are more comfortable in the T20 setting, having won the rain-truncated Pink ODI as well as coming close while chasing 204 in the first match of this series, both at Wanderers. Victory in the previous game will also be a reason for buoyancy in the Proteas’ dressing room. Stand-in skipper JP Duminy was adamant that they had well-set plans for Indian batsmen and bowlers since the start of this series but just needed proper execution as was showcased at Supersport Park. It was seen in how the hosts made pointed changes in their bowling plans, and then took the attack to India’s bowlers.

Duminy had named an unchanged eleven in the previous game, and it remains to be seen if they will bother breaking away from this consistency in the series-decider. Jon-Jon Smuts hasn’t come good yet despite his big-hitting prowess, while David Miller’s poor form has spilled over from the ODIs. He was persisted with throughout that series, so there is no reason to doubt that the Proteas’ team management will back him to come good at a crucial juncture. Jasprit Bumrah’s abdominal strain had forced India to make a change, but they will consider a couple spots for this finale. Bumrah’s fitness still remains a question mark. Will the team management risk playing him given the shortened time-frame of this match? The fact that there is a two-week gap before the tri-series begins in Sri Lanka might coerce them into this gamble. The bowling combination is the other concern. India have shown a propensity to field a left-arm pacer in this format, but Jaydev Unadkat has proven expensive so far. He has picked up two wickets for 75 runs at an economy of 9.78. Yuzvendra Chahal has also been hammered (one wicket for 103 runs in 8 overs at economy 12.87) and Heinrich Klaasen eager to face him once again. Given the scenario, Virat Kohli might just be inspired to change the look and shape of his bowling attack.

If Bumrah does play, Unadkat is likely to make way for him. Shardul Thakuar used clever change of pace at Centurion and picked 1/31 in his four-over spell. The Newlands pitch had played slow during the ODI series, and citing the example of Supersport Park, there is every reason to expect another wicket on the slower side, if not dual-paced altogether. Arguably, Chahal bowls a more consistent line than Kuldeep Yadav and this explains latter’s omission from the first two games. However, with Chahal’s confidence hitting a bit low, Yadav could find himself in reckoning for this all-important game. Further, given South Africa’s frailty against change of pace, India might even be tempted to consider Axar Patel, thus increasing the onus on Hardik Pandya as the third-choice pacer. India’s tour had gained momentum with victory in the Wanderers’ Test and then they carried it through the ODI series, romping home with a 5-1 margin. The team management usually clubs all formats together and is celebrating ascendancy over South Africa since the last week of January. As such, they will be keen to fly out with an additional trophy to show for this run of form.

The third T20I between India and South Africa will be played in Cape Town and the live broadcast will be shown on Sony Ten Network, starting 9:30 PM. The match can be streamed online on Sony Liv.com. For live scores, updates, and analysis, you can follow our live blog on cricketnext.com.

Playing XIs:

India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Axar Patel

South Africa: Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy(c), Heinrich Klaasen(w), Farhaan Behardien, Christiaan Jonker, Andile Phehlukwayo, Aaron Phangiso, Chris Morris, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi