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India vs South Africa, 3rd T20I: India kept the series alive with a 48-run win over South Africa. Cricket News – Nation World News

Visakhapatnam: The Indian team management was under tremendous pressure to make some changes in the third T20 International against South Africa as the hosts were trailing 0-2 in the five-match series. However, he did not succumb to the pressure and instead showed immense faith in the players’ ability to come back and survive the series.
The players responded well and registered a comfortable 48-run win at the Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Stadium here on Tuesday night. Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad’s return to form and bowlers’ wicket-taking ability bodes well for the hosts as they head to Rajkot for the fourth game.
Scorecard | as it happened
Chasing 180 for the series win, South Africa failed to get the start they wanted as the Indian spinners inflicted early losses. The surface here is known to assist spinners in the second innings and skipper Pant brought in left-arm spinner Axar Patel in the fourth over itself. Patel did not disappoint as he dismissed South Africa captain Temba Bavuma (8).
Harshal Patel, who was hit for a four by Dwaine Pretorius and a six by Reeza Hendrix, had the last laugh as he dismissed Hendricks (23) to leave the visiting team for 38 for two. Leggie Yuzvendra Chahal then made 40 for three as he trailed Rassi van der Dussen for 1.

There was more trouble for the visitors as Chahal got past the dangerous-looking Pretorius (20; 16b; 2×4, 1×6) in the ninth over to concede 57 for four. At the end of the 10th over, South Africa scored 63 for four.
Harshal then removed David Miller (3) – a rare failure in recent times – to put India on top. South Africa needed 109 runs in nine overs. Heinrich Klaasen (29; 24b 3×4, 1×6) and Wayne Parnell tried to take the innings deeper, but Chahal got rid of the former in the 15th over to celebrate. They ended with 131 as Harshal scored four for 25 and Chahal made three for 20.
Earlier, openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan gave the team a decent start as they scored 57 runs in the powerplay – the best in the series for India. An under-fired Ruturaj, who had scored 23 and 1 in the previous outing, fired on all cylinders. The Maharashtra player hit 57 off 35 balls with seven fours and two sixes and Kishan continued with his rich form (76 and 34) as he hit his second half-century of the series (54; 5×4, 2×6) .

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Although Kishan got the first boundary in the second over, Ruturaj took command of the proceedings. In the fifth over of the innings, Rituraj chased down Enrique Nortje and smashed five consecutive fours. Ruturaj completed his maiden T20 fifty in 30 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes.
Kishan, watching the fun at the other end, joined the party. He hit a six and a four off Tabrez Shamsi in the ninth over of the innings. Ruturaj welcomes Keshav Maharaj with an inside out drive over cover but the left-arm spinner has the last laugh. He caught the Indian on the last ball of the over and gave the ball the much-needed breakthrough.
Kishan continued the good work and in the 12th over, Maharaj hit two fours and a six and got his fourth half-century in 31 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes. Shreyas Iyer hit two sixes in his 11-ball 14, before Nortje took a catch off Shamsi and Dwayne Pretorius caught the Indian team with Kishan caught by Reeza Hendrix.
It was left to Hardik Pandya (31 not out) to raise the score as Rishabh Pant (6) and Dinesh Karthik (6) fell cheaply.

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