Ind vs SA T20I: South Africa level three match series

Last Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2019, 22:10
Ind vs SA T20I: South Africa level three match series
India captain Virat Kohli`s bold move to bat first boomeranged on his team as Quinton de Kock (79) spearheaded South Africa`s chase for a series-levelling nine-wicket win in the third T20 International in Bengaluru on Sunday.

To everyone`s surprise, Kohli opted to bat after the coin landed in his favour on one of the smallest grounds, always known to favour teams chasing in the shortest format. Initially though, the decision seemed to have worked as India raced to 54 for one in six overs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. The departure of Shikhar Dhawan gave the South Africans an opening, and they grabbed it with both hands, snuffing out eight Indian wickets for 71 runs.

After Pant fell prey to Fortuin`s smart piece of bowling, Iyer stepped out out only to be stumped off a wide ball. It was yet another failure for Pant and once again to a left-arm spinner. After Santner accounted him in the World Cup, Fortuin has now got him twice in two games. At the toss, Kohli`s contention was that he doesn`t want the team to slip into a comfort zone. Batting first or second, he wants his team to be a master of all situations with little more than a year left for the T20 World Cup. However, it did not prove to be a successful move as South Africa staged a strong comeback to level the three-match series 1-1 after the first game was washed out.
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