Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal shine as India defeats South Africa in the third T20I to keep the series alive. In Visakhapatnam, India (179/5) defeated South Africa (131) by 48 runs. South Africa holds a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
India checked all the boxes when it mattered most. Crushing South Africa by 48 runs in the third T20 International on Tuesday to stay alive in the five-match series. Yuzvendra Chahal (3/20) and Harshal Patel (4/25) led the way with the ball after Ruturaj Gaikwad (57). Ishan Kishan (54) scored half-centuries to propel India to 179 for five. After opener Gaikwad turned things around with a scintillating knock. The bowlers delivered, and Ishan scored his second fifty of the series.
Gaikwad, who has been under scrutiny for his patchy form of late. Hit two maximums and seven fours in his 35-ball knock. Ishan also scored his runs in 35 balls after being ask to take first strike.
Defending the total, skipper Rishabh Pant introduced the spinners early. Axar Patel produced the first breakthrough with a fuller delivery as Temba Bavuma (8) holed out to Avesh Khan in the fourth over.
Chahal was rewarded for his quick bowlin. As he used extra bounce from the wicket to defeat Rassie van der Dussen (1), Dwaine Pretorius (20), and Heinrich Klassen (29).
India defeats South Africa in the third T20I
Harshal mix his deliveries well to dismiss Reeza Hendricks (23) and David Miller (3) before returning to dismiss Kagiso Rabada (9) and Tabraiz Shamsi (0) as South Africa were bowled out for 131.
Ishan then gave Maharaj a special treatment. Hitting two fours and a six on his way to a 31-ball fifty, his second of the series.
New-man Shreyas Iyer looked in good form, hitting sixes off Nortje and Shamsi, but the spinner dismissed him, with Nortje timing his jump perfectly for a nice catch.
Pretorius pushed India back by releasing Ishan, who was apprehended by Hendricks.
David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen dropped two sitters to save the lives of Hardik Pandya (29) and Rishabh Pant (21). (6).
As South Africa slowed things down, Temba Bavuma finally caught one off Pretorius to remove Pant.
The hosts scored just 20 runs while losing two wickets from over 13 to 17 before Hardik Pandya hit some lusty blows in the final stages to take them close to 180.