India and South Africa locked horns with each other in the third T20I of the series which was held at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. It was the visitors who walked away with a comprehensive nine-wicket win over the hosts and brought the three-game series to 1-1. It was all thanks to the unbeaten knock of t Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada’s three-wicket haul that led the team to win the game. Before we get on to the stat highlights of the game, let’s have a look at how the match panned out for both the sides. India Vs South Africa, Cricket Score 3rd T20I Match.
It was quite an interesting match after winning the toss, Virat Kohli elected to bat first and became the first captain to do so at the venue. India’s batting and bowling were put to test by the visitors as they tried to bring the series to 1-1. Shikhar Dhawan gave a bright start to India as he went on a hitting spree right from the first ball. However, he made way to the pavilion on the score of 36 runs. However none of the Indian batsmen could go beyond the score of 19 runs. In the end, India could only make 134 runs on the board.
Now, talking about the South African innings, it was Quinton de Kock who remained unbeaten on the score of 70 runs from 52 balls. Reeza Hendricks made 28 runs from 26 balls but soon made way to the pavilion. Temba also remained unbeaten for the score of 27 runs from 23 balls. Now, let’s have a look at the stats of the match below:
# Quinton de Kock became the second-highest scorer in an away game for South Africa. Faf du Plessis stands on number one where he scored 85 runs against Sri Lanka in 2013.
# Quinton de Kock took only 37 innings to reach 1000 international runs and stands second in the list. Brendon McCullum took 31 innings to reach 1000 run mark.
# Quinton de Kock went onto be the third captain to have scored back-to-back half-centuries in their first series.
Quinton de Kock went on to grab the Player of the Series award and said, "think we kept it nice and simple with the ball, hitting the good length. Beuran came in and bowled really well, he read the situation right tonight. We fixed one or two things quickly with the ball from the last game, for them to act quickly was a positive for me." India will now play three Test matches against the same opponent.