3rd T20I (N), Bengaluru, September 22, 2019, South Africa tour of India
(16.5/20 ov, T:135) 140/1

South Africa won by 9 wickets (with 19 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
131 runs
Full commentary

10.32 pm: Well that ends the T20I series leg. It's been great fun bringing it to you. Will be even more fun when the Test series rolls around I'm sure, so make sure you join us for that one. Till then, this is Saurabh signing off on behalf of Karthik and Chandan.

Virat Kohli: Exactly what we wanted to do and that's going to be the template we'll follow for games we have before the World Cup (on opting to bat after winning the toss). The mindset has to be flexible and to try out things when situations are stacked against us. We will have games like this where we don't execute what we want. But as long as the intent is there to improve, we'll be in a good zone. I think South Africa bowled well, the pitch suited them in the first innings and we weren't able to read the tempo of the game well. I would say only in T20 cricket (where chasing is easier). In one-day cricket you have time for the bowlers to come back, but here a partnership of 40-50 can take the game away from you. One good partnership and you're under the pump even if you're defending 200. The squad composition we'll try to get right as soon as we can. The guys who have done well in the domestic circuit are getting opportunities, so it's not like we are playing random people. You have to understand as well that it's a very young side, you have to give them time as a team to come together. We batted till 9 tonight, and that's one area we're looking to strengthen.

Quinton de Kock is the Man of the Series: I think we kept it nice and simple. Focused on hitting a good length. Our spinners kept it tight too. Beuran bowled really well, he's got the skills. Sometimes it's better on these wickets to take the pace off. We fixed one or two things from our mistakes in the last game. Our intensity in the field has also been really good.

Beuran Hendricks is the Man of the Match: It was just one of those games where things worked for me. I have bowled better than this. Lots of hard work put in behind the scenes, so happy with that. I don't really look at the pitch when we come out to warm up. Overhead conditions meant some swing, once I assess that, don't need to change much.

10.21 pm: Presentation time.

Watch (US only): Massive Bavuma six wins it for South Africa

Shanthosh: "Should we count the number of boundaries to see who won the series?" - that joke's going to be around as long as cricket is played isn't it?

Watch (US only) - Stunning Kohli catch removes Hendricks

Sabu: "T20, Bengaluru and Kohli as Captain does not go well together for any team he leads I guess"

10.08 pm: Temba Bavuma: "I got my debut in T20Is at a time when I didn't really expect it. But saying that, the selectors and coaches showed a lot of faith in me and it was up to me to repay that faith. I should just have the mindset of looking to score. I don't have the power of a Gayle or Pollard so it's about picking the gaps. (on his six) I surprised myself! To ensure we go with a victory is a good thing, we'll take confidence from it. We've got a Test series coming up and we know that will be tough."

Murali Krishnan: "Two one sided chases by each teams with one rain washed away match. Given this and being an away series for South Africa, can we safely say that SA won the drawn T20 Series, especially their chasing win today was better than India's a few days ago? " - Well the series is drawn so no one 'won', but yes, South Africa should be the happier side.

10.04 pm: A comprehensive nine-wicket win to level the series for South Africa. Quinton de Kock was dominant and classy, and his pick up shots over square leg were a sight to behold. India's bowlers had no answers to his hitting. To use a much abused cliche, he properly 'led from the front'. The bowling set it up, with India's slightly helter-skelter approach after pushing themselves out of their comfort zones and some intelligent bowling combining for a below-par total.

Krunal to Bavuma, SIX runs

finishes it in style! Short ball and he rocks back and pulls it powerfully and with good connection, muscling it over wide long-on

Krunal to Bavuma, no run

fuller on the stumps, flicked to square leg. But they won't win yet because Jadeja swoops in and rifles a throw to the keeper

Krunal to Bavuma, 2 runs

fuller on the stumps, and he paddles it fine once again, nicely done, to fine leg. Scores level

Krunal to Bavuma, no run

angled in on the stumps, defended solidly on the front foot

Krunal to de Kock, 1 run

slightly short of a length and de Kock was looking to pull through midwicket but gets it a bit higher on the bat to send it rolling to long-on

4 to get. Will de Kock try to get there with one shot, or with singles?

Arun: "Well, somehow this bad performance by India doesn't rankle me. Trials and errors are a part of team building process. This trial is turning out to be a huge error but I guess the team is learning a lot in the process. So, all's well."

end of over 164 runs
SA: 131/1CRR: 8.18 RRR: 1.00
Quinton de Kock78 (51)
Temba Bavuma19 (19)
Ravindra Jadeja 2-0-8-0
Krunal Pandya 3-0-31-0
Jadeja to de Kock, 1 run

quicker and flatter on off, tapped to deep midwicket

Jadeja to Bavuma, 1 run

paddled fine, fetched from outside off, to fine leg

Jadeja to de Kock, 1 run

goes back and works this off his pads to short fine leg, using his wrists

Jadeja to Bavuma, 1 run

a bit short and he stays back to punch this through cover

Jadeja to Bavuma, no run

there's that bounce and turn. On a length and grips and spins past the bat

Jadeja to Bavuma, no run

reverse sweep to one that is pitched on leg, but he can't go past short third man

end of over 1514 runs
SA: 127/1CRR: 8.46 RRR: 1.60
Temba Bavuma17 (15)
Quinton de Kock76 (49)
Krunal Pandya 3-0-31-0
Ravindra Jadeja 1-0-4-0
Krunal to Bavuma, 1 run

good length outside off, Bavuma stays inside the line and pushes it to point's right

Krunal to de Kock, 1 run

pulls through midwicket and that's the second consecutive fifty-run stand

Krunal to de Kock, SIX runs

slog-sweep time, and that's another one nailed to perfection. Confident step forward goes down on one knee having picked the length early and corks it over deep midwicket

Krunal to Bavuma, 1 run

slip won't come into play with that length, full and darting into him, flicked off his toes to deep midwicket

slip for Bavuma

Krunal to de Kock, 1 run

slapped past point

Krunal to de Kock, FOUR runs

regal stuff by de Kock. full and wide outside off, goes down on one knee and unleashes a cover drive that goes over the in-field pings into the fence

end of over 144 runs
SA: 113/1CRR: 8.07 RRR: 3.66
Temba Bavuma15 (13)
Quinton de Kock64 (45)
Ravindra Jadeja 1-0-4-0
Hardik Pandya 2-0-23-1
Jadeja to Bavuma, no run

tries the reverse sweep but connects only with air to a full one outside off

Jadeja to Bavuma, no run

hisses past the outside edge. On a length and he's coming forward to push, but is beaten with sharp turn

Jadeja to Bavuma, no run

just short of cover. A bit early into the shot, or the ball just stopped a bit and he punches it. Falls short of the fielder

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