India was in for a surprise in their third T20 game against South Africa in Bengaluru on Sunday as they were handed a shocking nine-wicket defeat by the visitors at M Chinnaswamy stadium. South African skipper Quinton de Kock smashed an unbeaten 79 off 52 balls as South Africa comfortably beat India by nine wickets in the third T20 International with the series ending in a 1-1 draw. Batting first, India managed a below-par 134 for 9 on a batting-friendly Chinnaswamy track, with opener Shikhar Dhawan scoring 36 and the next best score was Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja's 19 each. While Kagiso Rabada took 3 for 39, it was left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks' 2 for 14 that tilted things for the Proteas. While batting, they had no such problems as the target was achieved in 16.5 overs as De Kock and Reeza Hendricks (28) added 76 for the opening stand.
The Indian bowlers were arguably under pressure during the third T20 game as they fought hard to contain the Proteas top-order but failed to do so. Youngster Navdeep Saini got smashed all-around the park as he conceded 25 runs in his two overs. An infuriated Rohit Sharma can be seen angrily gesturing at young Navdeep Saini after Bavuma puts a missed yorker delivery away for a boundary. At 11.4 overs, Navdeep Saini is seen attempting to bowl a 140 km per hour yorker which misses its mark and is dispatched to the boundary by Bavuma. Vice skipper Rohit Sharma can be seen frustrated with Navdeep Saini for the error and is seen gesturing him to use his head. A user took to share the video of the incident on social media. Here's the video:
India was stopped at 134 for nine by a disciplined South African attack, which snuffed out eight wickets for 71 runs after initially being at the receiving end in the third T20 International at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. Batting first owing to Virat Kohli's bold decision on one of the smallest grounds known to favour the chasing teams, India was cruising at 54 for one after dominating the first six Powerplay overs. The departure of Shikhar Dhawan gave the South Africans an opening, and they grabbed it with both hands. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant, who improvised to scoop Dwaine Pretorius over the fine leg boundary, threw away their wickets within a space of two balls, leaving India in trouble at 92 for five in the 13th over. After Pant fell prey to left-arm spinner Fortuin's smart piece of bowling, Iyer stepped out only to be stumped down the leg-side. At the toss, Kohli contended that he doesn't want the team to slip into a comfort zone. Batting first or second, he wants his team to be a master of all situations with little more than a year left for the T20 World Cup.