IND vs SA: Watch - Rishabh Pant takes a sharp and fine catch off Yuzcendra Chahal's spell to send back Dwaine Pretorius
After getting defeated by South Africa in the 2nd T20I, India again came up with a positive mindset in the third T20I match against the visitors. Having a look at the game, South Africa again won the toss and opted to take the field.
Batting first, India posted a well defendable total of 179 runs on the board. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan provided a fabulous start for their side, adding 97 runs for the opening wicket partnership.
Both the batters scored 57 and 54 runs respectively. In the end, Hardik Pandya took the responsibility and scored an unbeaten 31 runs and helped his side to post 179 runs on the board.
With a challenging total on the board, South Africa didn't get the expected start from their top-order batters, as they lost two wickets in the powerplay overs. Heinrich Klassen, who has played well in the has failed to convert his start and been dismissed for 29 runs.
Summary of the match between India vs South Africa 3rd T20I:
In the end, India won the match by a margin of 48 runs. Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal bowled well in this game and bagged 4 and 3 wickets to their name respectively. Moreover, the right-arm leggie was named Player of the Match and shared a few words in the post-match presentation.
"I bowled a lot of sliders and bowled quicker in the previous matches. Today, I changed my seam position. Spinning and getting the ball to dip are my strengths. Today I tried to get it to turn and bowl slower. I tried to bowl to my strengths, I focused on that," Chahal was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
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"When batters try to reverse-sweep, it becomes tough for the bowlers. But now I have a second plan and set fields accordingly. I didn't bowl well in the previous game, the coach asked me to back my strengths. The ground there (Rajkot) is bigger (*chuckles*)," he added.
However, during the game, Rishabh Pant took a sharp and fantastic catch of Dwaine Pretorius who was looking for 20 runs. It was a quicker one from Yuzvendra Chahal as Rishabh Pant was quick enough to respond and sent the right-hander back to the dressing room.
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