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India vs South Africa: India wins T20Is series 2-1

25 February, 2018, 16:16 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • India vs South Africa: India wins T20Is series 2-1

When the Indian cricket team landed in South Africa last month, a tough contest in all formats was expected between the two teams.

South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl in the third and final Twenty20 global against India at Newlands on Saturday.

But from the third Test, the Indian team changed the scenario.

An eight-week long tour of South Africa finally ended on a winning note for the men in blue as they clinched a thriller in the final showdown of the T20I series at the Newlands Cricket ground on Saturday evening.

Behardien's rating of 8 might sound an exaggeration but consider the fact that he scored 15 runs off just six deliveries towards the end of the South African innings, and when most other batsmen failed to get going on this pitch, he walked out and smashed everything to the boundary.

Shikhar Dhawan (47 runs) and Suresh Raina (43 runs) were the major contributors with the bat as the pair put on 65 runs after India lost Rohit Sharma early. He showed resolve, sound technique and courage in hard conditions in the Tests, scoring 286 runs, including the only century of the series, at an average of 47.66. We have a lot of matches coming up.

India clinched the series 2-1 to complete a white ball double following a 5-1 victory in a ODI series.

This was a very rare poor performance from South Africa at home. "Hopefully next time we will win all the three trophies", said Kumar, who was awarded the Man of the Series.

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Kuldeep Yadav's 17 wickets and Yuzvendra Chahal's 16 wickets in the ODI series broke the record for the most wickets by an overseas spinner in an ODI bilateral series on South African soil. India has made South Africa taste defeat in both the limited over series and have avenged the loss in test series savagely.

Although Kohli bristled at the suggestion that India did not select their best possible side for the first two Tests, Ajinkya Rahane's batting in the third Test suggested he should have played earlier, while Kumar's omission for the second Test was baffling. The first instance was against Zimbabwe in 2013. India were 57 for one after six overs, South Africa struggled to 25 for one. They lost 53 wickets against England in 2004-05.

Interestingly, before this tour, India had won only 5 ODIs against Proteas in South Africa since 1992.

Shamsi hasn't been very effective as a spinner throughout this series.

The two have replaced the experienced duo of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who were not much effective outside the subcontinent. Thanks to Virat and Ravi bhai, they gave me the licence. India's 7 run win at New Lands in the series decider was only the 4th ever by a team batting first. Soon after the dismissal, the hosts were bundled out in the next over as India Women scripted the history by winning the T20I series by 3-1. Jonker sliced a full toss to extra cover off the last ball in the final act and stand-in captain Rohit Sharma took the catch.

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli joined the elite list of players to score a century in every country he has played in.

Pointing out the difference in the formats, Kumar said one has to be proactive in the shortest format of the game. Together, they took the total to 151 before Dhoni (12) was caught by Miller off Dala's bowling in the 19th over. Just like his batting, he pitched in with the ball as well and picked the crucial wicket of dangerman David Miller.


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