India vs South Africa 3rd T20: Proteas steal thunder; Quinton De Kock named Player of the Series

India vs South Africa 3rd T20: Proteas steal thunder; Quinton De Kock named Player of the Series
India vs South Africa 3rd T20: Proteas steal thunder; Quinton De Kock named Player of the Series

Despite short boundaries and the high-scoring venue of M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, South Africa stole the thunder on Sunday. The hosts leveled the series by 1-1. Expectations were up with Virat Kohli winning the toss and opting to bat first. However, South Africa made a change in their line-up with Beuran Hendricks coming in for Anrich Nortje, who along with Kagiso Rabada, bowled terrifically.

Hendricks spared just 14 runs in four overs, dismissing batsmen Rohit Sharma and Krunal Pandya. He won the Player of the Match title despite the three-wicket scalp by Kagiso Rabada and a half-century by skipper Quinton De Kock. The Proteas skipper was named Player of the Series for his consistent performance, with 52 off 37 in the second T20 and 79 off 52 in the final T20.

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In a post-match presentation, Virat Kohli said the team batted till 9 so that’s the area they are looking to strengthen in a big tournament (ICC T20 Cricket World Cup 2020) with the best possible combination. Now, India and South Africa will face each other in a 3-match Test series, which is very important for both teams, especially for South Africa, who will kick-off their campaign in the ICC World Test Championship. Meanwhile, India is on the top of the points table and keen on retaining their place.

-PTC News