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India overcome Jonker to complete South Africa tour with 2-1 series victory

Suresh Raina scored 43 runs and picked a wicket as well
Suresh Raina scored 43 runs and picked a wicket as well

India 172-7 (Dhawan 47) beat
South Africa 165-6 (Duminy 55) by seven runs
Third Twenty20 International in Cape Town

India successfully managed to overcome a late burst from debutant Christiaan Jonker to complete a seven-run victory in the third and final Twenty20 International against South Africa in Cape Town and seal the series 2-1.

Chasing 173 runs, South Africa got off to a sedate start managing just 25 runs in the powerplay and losing the wicket of Reeza Hendricks (7).

With the Indian bowlers maintaining a tight line, the runs were hard to come by for JP Duminy (55) and David Miller (24) as they managed just 20 more runs in the next three overs and the required run-rate crossed 10.

The pressure eventually got the better of Miller, as he holed out to deep mid-wicket to give Suresh Raina (1-27) a wicket. Duminy finally decided to shift gears with back to back sixes off Axar Patel (0-16). However, their momentum was dented a bit with Heinrich Klaasen (7) falling cheaply to Hardik Pandya (1-22).

Jonker (49) announced his arrival with two boundaries in the third and fourth deliveries he faced and South Africa were left with a daunting task of needing 82 runs off the final six overs.

Duminy went on to complete his 11th T20I fifty but feel immediately after it as South Africa looked down and out with required run rate crossing 15 with four more overs left and it only got worse as Jasprit Bumrah (1-39) castled Chris Morris (4).

This is when Jonker took centre stage hitting three boundaries and a six in the 18th over and with Farhaan Behardien (15 not out) too joining the onslaught, South Africa needed 19 to get off the final over but Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-24) held his nerve to keep the hosts down to 165 runs, thereby completing a seven run win for India.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma (11) started the Indian innings with two boundaries in the first over before he was trapped LBW by Junior Dala (3-35). Shikhar Dhawan (47) was going at almost run a ball but the much needed impetus for India came from Raina (43) with his 27-ball knock that had five boundaries and a six in it.

Dala and Chris Morris (2-43) did pull back things a bit but still, late contributions from Pandya (21) and a six-ball cameo from Dinesh Karthik (13) helped India post a formidable total of 172 runs.

Raina was named the player of the match while Bhuvneshwar claimed the man of the series award. Indian skipper Virat Kohli missed the game due to an injury.

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