Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RG Sharma
22(24) 2x4 - 0x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 5 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
2 5 2 2 1 0 0 2
JP Duminy
30(39) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 1 0 6 2 2 0

Best performances - Bowlers

R Ashwin
O4.0
M0
R24
W3
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JA Morkel
O4.0
M0
R12
W3
Eco3.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Commentary

11.05pm Phew. That is that. I suspect we'll remember the crowd trouble more than the cricket, in years to come, and I hope we don't see scenes of that sort again. In any case, a cricket match took place, and South Africa were excellent, particularly with the ball, and went on to clinch the T20 series with one match still to go. That match is in Kolkata on Thursday. Do join us for that. Until then, goodbye!

Albie Morkel is the man of the match. "I arrived on Friday, during the first T20. One practice session, but it's nice, it often works out that way, not too much thinking, just come in and play," he says.. "I think couple of months ago, I thought I would never get the opportunity to play for SA again, this is my 50th cap. I'm just happy to have played a small part in the series win. Fielding plays a massive role in T20 cricket. We got two of their big guns with two fantastic run-outs. We got wickets anyway, but throw in those run-outs, and that really put us on top. They are a world-class unit, we know what they can do. The series is done now, but I expect them to bounce back in Kolkata."

Faf du Plessis: "Look, it's an easy job to be a captain when your bowlers perform like that. I reckon it's the best bowling performance we have had as a T20 team. Albie, it's his 50th game, we are really proud of him for playing that many games, he was really clever with his lines. I thought there was great variety in those first six overs. Imran, I'm not sure he's ever bowled in the first six. My thinking was just to try and get wickets. You never try and be too predictable as a bowling unit. KG [Rabada] bowled four overs on the trot. He bowled really fast."

10.55pm Presentation time. First up, MS Dhoni: "I don't think we played good cricket. In the batting department, we just wanted to address run-outs and losing wickets in pairs. We didn't improve on that. Overall, we didn't bat well at all. It's important to address what went wrong. You get performances like these, what's important is how you bounce back. The calling needs to improve. At times you want to take a chance against the fielder. Sometimes you have to keep the dew factor in mind, because the ball will go to the fielder quicker. You can convert 1.8 runs or 1.9 runs into 2, but not 1.75 or 1.7. There was dew, but it's slightly difficult to say about the bowling combination. There was not enough runs on the board. One thing is for sure, our spinners are bowling well, and that has been our strength. In the coming games, it is important to give some of the other guys a chance, we have some time before the World T20. Amit is bowling really well, but looking at their batsmen, the incoming delivery is something the left-handers are good at, that's why we went with two offspinners."

10.45pm Upbeat Bollywood music fills the air in Cuttack. It's utterly out of place, after what happened there only a little while ago. South Africa have won this match handsomely, and sealed an emphatic series win, but it's the crowd that will make the headlines, after scenes of bottle-throwing reminiscent of the 90s. In two installments, they held up play by a total of 51 minutes.

To get back to the cricket, South Africa's bowlers were terrific on a pitch with unpredictable pace and bounce, and India did themselves no favours, losing two of their best batsmen to run outs on their way to being bowled out for 92. R Ashwin showed once again what an excellent bowler he has become, but 92 was never going to be anywhere near enough to defend, against a very good South African batting line-up.

17.1
4
Raina to Duminy, FOUR runs, flat and short, angling into middle stump. Duminy clears his front leg and swats it away to the midwicket boundary to make it 2-0

END OF OVER:
17 | 9 Runs | SA: 92/4

  • DA Miller10 (8b)
  • JP Duminy26 (38b)
  • AR Patel3-0-17-1
  • SK Raina3-0-8-0
16.6
0
Patel to Miller, no run, quickish length ball on off stump, blocked into the off side
16.5
0
Patel to Miller, no run, down the track and Axar fires it in quicker, on middle and off, giving no room. Tucked quietly to midwicket
16.4
1
Patel to Duminy, 1 run, flat and short on off stump, makes a bit of room to chop it away to deep point and bring the scores level
16.3
1
Patel to Miller, 1 run, full and flighted on the pads, clipped to deep midwicket
16.2
6
Patel to Miller, SIX runs, down the track and Axar looks to fire it across Miller. Only ends up giving him more swinging room, and he uses it very well to launch a big six over long-off

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RG Sharma
22(24) 2x4 - 0x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 5 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
2 5 2 2 1 0 0 2
JP Duminy
30(39) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 1 0 6 2 2 0

Best performances - Bowlers

R Ashwin
O4.0
M0
R24
W3
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JA Morkel
O4.0
M0
R12
W3
Eco3.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Got his number

5

No. of times De Villiers has been dismissed by Ashwin in T20s - the most by any bowler. De Villiers averages 12.40 against him.

Morkel's best

3/12

Albie Morkel's figures in this match - the first time he's taken three-for in T20Is. His previous best for 2/12 which came in 2007.

Run-out streak

4

No. of consecutive T20Is in which an India opener has been run-out including Rohit Sharma in this match.

End of a streak

10

No.of consecutive scores of 20 or more in T20Is by Virat Kohli before this match. This was his first single-digit score in 11 innings.

New Turf for Tahir

35

Runs conceded by Imran Tahir in the last match - the most he has conceded in a T20I. This was also the first time he opened bowling for SA in T20Is.