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India survive Christiaan Jonker onslaught to win T20I series

25 February 2018

After a six wicket loss to South Africa in the second Twenty20 global match, India skipper Virat Kohli praised the hosts, saying they took calculated risks which helped them.

Cape Town, Feb 24 (PTI) South Africa skipper JP Duminy won the toss and elected to bowl against India in the third and final Twenty20 global, here today.

"Virat has led the team well".

Indian women's team as set a target of 166 runs for South Africa in the final T20I match of the 5 rubber series.

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With 33 runs needed off the last two overs, India were on course for a series win. Having lost the 2nd T20I by six wickets after winning the first one, India will aim to finish the tour on a winning note and clinch the T20 series. This surely is something to worry about for team India and head coach Ravi Shastri.

Last match's hero Heinrich Klaasen could not produce another match-saving innings and faltered after making seven runs off 10 deliveries. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was as usual very impressive though he could not bowl the final over of his spell in the second match.

Chris Morris started the proceedings for the Proteas with the ball but was unable to replicate his performance from the last game, giving away 13 runs as opposed to a maiden first over in the second T20I.

South Africa slipped to 114-5 midway through the 17th over before Jonker (49 from 24 balls), rejuvenated his team's faltering chase, the right-hander dominating a sixth-wicket partnership worth 53 with Farhaan Behardien (15 not out). Till the time he was there, it looked like India would get close to 200 at least, which would have been massive at this venue that hasn't yet seen a total of 200 in T20 Internationals. Virat Kohli's boys had mixed result in two matches.

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"It was a two-paced track to bat on but it became easier to play shots at the later stages". The match can also be streamed online on Sonyliv.com. While none of the players could cross the fifty-run mark, India rode on strokeful forties by comeback man Suresh Raina and opener Shikhar Dhawan. This is the first time India have won an ODI series in South Africa. An in-form Reeza Hendricks was done by a knuckleball from Bhuvneshwar. As for the hosts, it was skipper JP Duminy who scored the highest but in a losing cause.

Raina brought the innings back on track with a power packed 27-ball innings which included five boundaries and a six. 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. He smashed 3 fours and 7 huge sixes in his inning.

A double followed but Kumar was bowling brilliantly and the Proteas were struggling to get underneath anything.

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India survive Christiaan Jonker onslaught to win T20I series