IND vs SA 3rd T20: South Africa defeated India by 49 runs in the third and final T20 International cricket match here on Tuesday. But lost the series 1-2. Rossouw scored an unbeaten 100 off 48 balls with eight sixes and seven fours, apart from a 90 for the second wicket with Quinton de Kock (68) and 87 for the third wicket with Tristan Stubbs (23) to help South Africa made a huge score of 227 runs for three wickets.
David Miller finally scored an unbeaten 19 off just five balls. In response, the Indian team lost wickets at regular intervals and the team never looked in a position to chase the target and were eventually bundled out for 178 runs in 18.3 overs.
Dinesh Karthik scored 46 runs for India. Apart from them, only Deepak Chahar (31), Rishabh Pant (27) and Umesh Yadav (20 not out) could touch the 20-run mark. Dwayne Pretorius took three wickets for 26 runs for South Africa.
Keshav Maharaj (2 for 34), Wayne Parnell (2 for 41) and Lungi Ngidi (2 for 51) played well with them, picking up two wickets each. India, playing without in-form vice-captain Lokesh Rahul and Virat Kohli, had a very poor start and in the second over itself, the team’s score was reduced to four runs for two wickets.
Captain Rohit Sharma (00) was caught on the second ball of the innings of Kagiso Rabada (1 for 24), while in the next over, Parnell took Shreyas Iyer (01) lbw.
Karthik opened the account with a four on Parnell while opener Pant also hit Rabada for a four. Pant welcomed Lungi Ngidi with two sixes and as many fours but was given a simple catch to Stubbs in cover on the last ball. He hit two sixes and three fours in his 14-ball innings.
Karthik hit two sixes and a four off consecutive balls of Parnell. India scored 64 for three in the power play. Karthik also hit two consecutive sixes on Maharaj but was bowled off the last ball of the left-arm spinner’s over. He hit four sixes and as many fours while facing 21 balls.
Suryakumar Yadav too, after scoring eight runs, was caught by Stubbs off Dwayne Pretorius, which took India’s score to 86 for five. India completed the century of runs in the 11th over. Harshal Patel (17) hit a four and a six off Ngidi but then caught Miller.