March 22, 2018

South Africa beats India to set up T20 series decider

23 February 2018, 11:52 | Randolph Howard

AB de Villiers ruled out of T20 series against India

Cricket South Africa further said that de Villiers has been advised rest to allow him a full recovery ahead of the four Test series against Australia starting in Durban on March 1

South Africa have had very few reasons to celebrate since beating India 2-1 in the Test series.

"We weren't sure whether we would be coming off", said Duminy. Rohit and Shikhar were outstanding at the top.

Shardul Thakur and Jaydev Unadkat claimed Reeza Hendricks and JJ Smuts early in the Proteas' chase.

Here, we look at the key talking points ahead of Wednesday's clash. "It was one of our most balanced performances".

Kohli also credited South Africa for taking calculated risks and handling the conditions better. Asked about the conditions, Kohli said: "You don't want play to be stopped". Thankfully it wasn't a hamstring. They were very positive. However, Indian team operates in such a manner that they are capable of even dominating the T20 opener. Dhawan scored 72 from 39 balls to be the other stand-out performer of the match. The wicket can be tough to predict, but the Newlands has normally been a good wicket for batting. He was haunting the Indian bowlers right from the beginning of the innings.

Klaasen hopes that he has been able to throw his hat into the ring for a permanent spot as a specialist batsman but says that he would accept it if he never played again for the team beyond the end of this series. Hence Virat Kohli's men might make some changes to the eleven. He said, "With the ball, Bhuvi was showing his experience". The basic message to the team was we are here till 25th. "We knew we had to set the tone with a good first over", he said. "That's pretty much it compared to what we did", added Hendrix. Pandya was one of the most economical bowlers for India on the night when the South African batsmen were in sublime form. If he gets the nod, he will need to step up big time or risk being marginalised from the limited-overs squad.

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"We lost the first two Test matches and then we came back".

When will the 3rd T20I between South Africa and India be played?

Of all the formats of cricket, wickets in Twenty20 have the least correlation with a bowler's intent to pick up those wickets; they usually come through containment, and, at times, through amusing shots. I am happy with it.

"It gave us when and how to go and that is something to think about going forward".

As South Africa draw level, Kohli says constant drizzle made life hard for bowlers India skipper Virat Kohli blamed the weather god for making life hard for his bowlers after they failed to defend a total of 188 against South Africa in the second T20 worldwide at centirion on Wednesday night. We have really tackled it well. Comeback man Raina, with 296 runs from 11 matches, has a chance to surpass him. But Duminy took charge and he and Farhaan Behardien together scored 36 runs in just 21 balls. "The important thing is how you mix your deliveries according to the wicket", he said.

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