In what looked like a one-sided game till the 17 overs of South African innings, turned on its head towards the end courtesy debutant Christiaan Jonker. In the end, India had seven runs too many and South Africa will rue their disappointing Powerplay and missed opportunities on the field.

Electing to bowl, South Africa restricted India to 172 but never really got going during the chase. JP Duminy and Jonker kept the hosts in the hunt but the Indian pacers had mastered the Newlands surface. India sealed the third T20I to win the series 2-1 and end their South Africa tour on a high.

Here’s the third T20I, in pictures:

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It all started here at Newlands, Cape Town in the first week of January. The picturesque venue was a fitting setting for the tour finale (Image courtesy: AFP)
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Rohit Sharma captained instead of Virat Kohli. The regular skipper missed the must-win die due to a stiff back. Junior Dala got Rohit out for the third time in the three-match series (Image courtesy: AFP)
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Suresh Raina showed good intent. He started with a six and hurried to a 27-ball 43 on a sluggish surface. He later got a wicket and bagged the Man of the Match award (Image courtesy: AFP)
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Shikhar Dhawan was slow to get going. His first boundary came in the 12th over, after he had consumed 29 balls. However, he turned the tides and raced to a quick 47 (Image courtesy: AFP)
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There were loud cheers for the Indian players. Any venue in the world is a home game for India, isn’t it? (Image courtesy: AFP)
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South Africa were pathetic in the field. Not for the first time, they misfielded in bulk and dropped catches. Dhawan was let off by Tabraiz Shamsi twice. On this occasion, Farhaan Behardien successfully caught Raina (Image courtesy: AFP)
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MS Dhoni couldn’t replicate the Centurion magic (Image courtesy: AFP)
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Dhoni became Dala’s third wicket as the pace man finished with 7 wickets in the series. India finished with 172 courtesy a late flourish from Dinesh Karthik and a cameo from Hardik Pandya (Image courtesy: AFP)
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India were off to a brilliant start with the ball. Indian pacers choked the runs as South Africa just managed 25 for 1 in their Powerplay (Image courtesy: AFP)
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JP Duminy continued to fight. He got a 41-ball 55 and kept South Africa in the fight (Image courtesy: AFP)
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Indian bowlers struck at regular intervals. This time Jasprit Bumrah cleaned up Chris Morris. South Africa needed 53 off their final 3 overs. (Image courtesy: AFP)

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Debutant Christiaan Jonker kept them in the hunt as India conceded 33 runs in the 18th and the 19th over. Jonker belted a 24-ball 49 (Image courtesy: AFP)
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In the end South Africa fell short by seven runs (Image courtesy: AFP)

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Having lost the Test series 1-2, India came back strong to win the ODIs 5-1 and the T20Is 2-1 (Image courtesy: BCCI)

Brief scores

India 172 for 7 in 20 overs [Shikhar Dhawan 47 (40), Suresh Raina 43 (27); Junior Dala 4-0-35-3] beat South Africa 165 for 6 in 20 overs [JP Duminy 55 (41), Christiaan Jonker 49 (24); Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-24-2] by 7 runs.

India win series 2-1

Man of the Match: Suresh Raina

Man of the Series: Bhuvneshwar Kumar