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Ind v SA 3rd T20I: Efficient India pull one back finally, win by 48 runs

India pulled one back in the five-match T20I series against South Africa with a 48 run win in the third T20I at Vizag on Tuesday night.

India after being asked to bat and posted 179 for five in their 20 overs and in their response South Africa was bowled out for 131 in 19.1 overs.

Earlier, India was well served by a fantastic opening stand of 97 between Ruturaj Gaikwad (57: 35b, 7x4, 2x6) and Ishan Kishan (54: 35b, 5x4, 2x6). After Gaikwad fell, Kishan carried the innings with Shreyas Iyer. Kishan and Iyer added 31 runs for the second wicket. The innings then got derailed as India slipped from 128 for one to 143 for four. Only Hardik Pandya held the innings together as he ended on an unbeaten 31 off 21 balls with four boundaries. In the end India finished on 179 for five in their 20 overs. For South Africa the best bowler was Dwaine Pretorius (2-29).

In their response, South Africa were reduced to 40 for three. They lost their top-order quite cheaply. Captain Temba Bavuma, Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen fell in quick succession. Pretorius and Heinrich Klaasen tried to revive the chase but they fell in quick succession. Towards the end South Africa kept losing wickets regularly. Wayne Parnell finished unbeaten on 22 off 18 balls. South Africa was finally bowled out for 131 in 19.1 overs. For India the best bowlers were Yuzvendra Chahal (3-20) and Harshal Patel (4-25). 

Match Summary
India: 179-5 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-97 (Ruturaj Gaikwad-9.6 ov), 2-128 (Shreyas Iyer-12.6 ov), 3-131 (Ishan Kishan-13.4 ov), 4-143 (Rishabh Pant-15.5 ov), 5-158 (Dinesh Karthik-18.3 ov)

South Africa: 131 (19.1)
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Temba Bavuma-3.6 ov), 2-38 (Reeza Hendricks-5.6 ov), 3-40 (Rassie van derDussen-6.5 ov), 4-57 (Dwaine Pretorius-8.6 ov), 5-71 (David Miller-10.6 ov), 6-100 (Heinrich Klaasen-14.5 ov), 7-113 (Kagiso Rabada-16.4 ov), 8-126 (Keshav Maharaj-18.2 ov), 9-131 (Anrich Nortje-18.5 ov), 10-131 (Tabraiz Shamsi-19.1 ov)

Result: South Africa won by 48 runs

Scorecard

Playing XI
India: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper & captain), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal

South Africa: Temba Bavuma (captain), Reeza Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen (wicket-keeper), David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

Match Details
Toss: South Africa, elected to field
Venue: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Start time: 1430 hrs GMT
Match Officials: Nitin Menon, Anil Chaudhary (On-field Umpires); Jayaraman Madanagopal (TV Umpire); KN Ananthapadmanabhan (Reserve Umpire): Javagal Srinath (Match-referee)

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