At Cuttack, October 5, 2015 (floodlit). South Africa won by six wickets. Toss: South Africa. If Dharmasala was disappointing for India, this defeat, which handed the series to South Africa, was abject. On a Cuttack pitch as full of cracks as a shattered mirror, Albie Morkel - with a careerbest three for 12 in his 50th Twenty20 international - and Imran Tahir skittled India for 92. An irate crowd hurled plastic bottles on to the pitch, forcing two stoppages, before South Africa eased to victory with 17 balls in hand. Duminy, with an unconquered 30, was once again the calming influence, after Ashwin had dismissed the top three in a tidy spell to become India's leading Twenty20 wicket-taker, with 29. For India, both Kohli and Rohit Sharma were run out, and no one passed 22. In his first international appearance for 18 months, Morkel had Dhoni - formerly his Chennai Super Kings captain - edging behind and, once Tahir's googly did for Raina and Harbhajan Singh, India tumbled to their second-lowest Twenty20 total. The bottles, which far outnumbered India's runs, kept the players off for 51 minutes. But, after the upper stands were cleared, Duminy did the rest.
Man of the Match: J. A. Morkel.