India pops up a win in the must-win third T20I against South Africa!

Series still Alive for Men in Blue!!

India kept their hopes alive in the five-match series by winning the third T20 against South Africa by 48 runs, thanks to a strong bowling performance. Have you missed the game? Don’t worry. We have got you covered!

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Men in blue were asked to bat first after losing the toss on a good-looking bat pitch. For both countries, there was no alteration in the team lineup.

First innings

The Indian openers began conservatively, scoring 7 runs per over until Nortje entered the picture. After Ruturaj’s poor performances in his first two matches, a strong performance from him was required, and he did the same thing. Nortje’s 20-run over, which contained five fours, gave the innings much-needed impetus. India scored 57-0 runs in the first powerplay thanks to Ruturaj 40 of 23 balls.

After the powerplay, Ishan Kishan revealed his true colours, and both openers continued to score heavily, dismissing every bowler who came to the party. They put together a 97-run partnership, with Ruturaj getting his first fifty of the series. Ruturaj’s wicket, which came on the penultimate delivery of the 10th over, brought some joy to the South African camp.

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South Africa regained control of the game with two quick wickets in successive overs, one of which being ishan’s, who was dismissed after scoring fifty runs. In the death overs, India needed quick-fire runs from the captain, but he failed once again. DK also departed cheaply, and only Hardik’s quick-fire 31 saw India end on 179 for 20 overs. India’s best batsman were Ruturaj 57(35), Ishan, 54(35), and Hardik 31(21). For South Africa, the pick of the bowler was Pretorius 2-29.

Second Innings

South Africa captain Bavuma came to open once again with the thought of sweeping the series here only. Though Bhuvi and co had other ideas. Bhuvi kept his good form going and gave just 7 runs in his first 2 overs. The result? In a try of quick runs, South Africa lost the skipper in the 4th over with the score being 24-1 after 4overs.

The Indian bowlers kept the pressure on, as Harshal Patel picked up the second wicket for team India on the final delivery of the first powerplay. South Arica’s powerplay score read 38-2.

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In the very next over, Chahal picked the vital wicket of Van der Dussen, who was the hero of the first T20. Chahal, in his follow-up over, the 9th over of the innings, struck again. This time Pretorius became his prey. The score read 57-4 after 10 overs. Wickets kept trembling around. Klaasen did try to save the sinking ship but fell after scoring 29 runs for his 24 balls.

South Africa never looked in the game and, in the end, got all out in the 19th over with a Final score reading 131-10 (19.1).

The pick of the bowlers for India is Chahal with 3-20 and Harshal Patel with 4-25.

Chahal was declared the man of the match for his impressive bowling and picking all three crucial wickets. Will India be able to take the series in the final game, or South Africa will seal the deal in Rajkot? Stay Tuned with The Sportsway for more updates!

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