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  • 1:10 AM IST

    Man of the Series: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

    M 3 W 7 Ave 9.57 Econ 6.09
  • 1:07 AM IST

    Good comeback from Raina. He is the Man of the Match. We talk about the arrogance of Kohli. He gave away his No.3 spot to Raina and the southpaw clutched on to it.

  • 1:05 AM IST

    Duminy credits Indian bowlers on how well they bowled in the Powerplay. He says the Powerplay for both sides went on to make the difference. India got 57 in their first six overs, South Africa got 25 runs in contrast.

  • 1:01 AM IST

    This has to be one of India’s most successful overseas tours in recent times. I think they performed well in Tests too. Who knows what would have happened had they played a few warm-up games. The Johannesburg Test win was phenomenal. Then the 5-1 and now 2-1.

  • 12:57 AM IST

    10 dot balls. 3 overs in Powerplay. Final over. Truly, what a player!

  • 12:56 AM IST

  • 12:52 AM IST

    Jonker digs out another and it’s two more. Eight off the final ball. Jonker doesn’t manages to get it past cover. Jonker departs. India have won the match. They have won the series.

    OUT! Christiaan Jonker c Rohit Sharma b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 49 (24)
  • 12:49 AM IST

    Was it a wide? Doesn’t matter what we think. Umpire has given it. 12 off 3. Beautiful next ball from Bhuvi. Almost a yorker, Jonker digs it out for 2. So 10 off 2 balls.

  • 12:48 AM IST

    Bhuvi starts with a knuckle ball. Jonker just gets one. Dhoni summons the bowler for a mid pitch discussion. Behardien gets a boundary past slips and then a single. 13 off 3 balls, whew! Bhuvi is calm as ever.

  • 12:44 AM IST

    Another two. 20 off 7 now. Bumrah bowls a full toss and South Africa settle for 1. So they need 19 off the final over. What a finish!

  • 12:42 AM IST

    Jonker. Where was he? Where was he, really? Full from Bumrah and the debutant slams him over deep midwicket for a six. He follows it with a two. How many debutants would do this to Bumrah?

  • 12:41 AM IST

    A straight drive for a four and Jonker ends the over with another four. Another knuckle ball and Jonker muscles it away through deep midwicket for a six, just bounced short. 18 off the over. Bumrah starts with a low full-toss at 143 kph and Behardien clips it though long-leg for a four. South Africa not giving up, yet.

  • 12:37 AM IST

    Jonker slogs Thakur over deep midwicket for a six. Well? The next ball is a mishit. An edge off a knuckle ball but flies over gully region for a boundary. 10 off 2 balls and now a dot ball.

  • 12:35 AM IST

    Stand-and-deliver from Behardien. 11 off the Bumrah over. Required run-rate soars to almost 18. South Africa need 53 off 18 balls. I remember Pollard get almost that many against New South Wales in a CLT20 games.

  • 12:31 AM IST

    Bumrah to Morris. Well, that’s called a wide. Pretty harsh. I am sure that was inside the line. He gets an edge through thirdman and it’s four. So, five off one. Bumrah gets a dot. Morris targets deep midwicket, slogs and misses as Bumrah finds the timber.

    OUT! Chris Morris b Jasprit Bumrah 4 (3)
  • 12:28 AM IST

    South Africa need to target Thakur. Duminy caresses it through cover for a boundary. That’s his fifty. Eight off the first five balls. They need a six. Duminy tries one but manages a leading edge. That was a knuckle ball. Rohit takes a safe catch. It’s India’s game to lose now.

    OUT! JP Duminy c Rohit Sharma b Shardul Thakur 55 (41)
  • 12:21 AM IST

    South Africa need 72 runs off 5 overs. The 100 is finally up. 14 an over against the quality of bowlers like Bhuvi and Bumrah is a seriously tough ask. But then Duminy is a class act in shorter formats.

  • 12:19 AM IST

    Raina bowls a 12-run over. Dhoni is vocal with his instructions. Well, I thought Rohit Sharma was the captain. Jonker has had a good start to his debut. Now Bumrah is into the attack. The game gradually slipping away from South Africa. is it? As I type, Bumrah bowls a slower full ball and Duminy dispatches the length-ball straight over the bowler for a six.

  • 12:12 AM IST

    Klaasen falls. Pandya maintains pressure, giving away five runs off four balls. Fuller ball from Pandya and Klaasen trying to get over the mid-off, finds Bhuvi. South Africa in deep trouble.

    OUT! Heinrich Klaasen c Bhuvneshwar Kumar b Hardik Pandya 7 (10)
  • 12:07 AM IST

    Akshar to bowl his first over of the tour. Will South Africa target him? They have to. They don’t have a choice. Thakur drops Klaasen long-off. The next two balls disappear over deep midwicket. Two sixes for Duminy. The South African run-rate goes past six, finally. 16 off the over. South Africa need 99 off the final 8 overs.

  • 11:59 PM IST

    Dhoni has been instructing Raina from behind the stumps. Just seven from his second over. South Africa need over 12. Can a Klaasen-special be the saviour?

  • 11:55 PM IST

    Miller’s struggles ends. Short ball from Raina, Miller looks to clear deep midwicket and is caught.

    OUT! David Miller c Akshar Patel b Suresh Raina 24 (23)
  • 11:53 PM IST

    Finally, Miller connects. He pulled that bad ball from Pandya over deep square-leg for a six. The next one is a slower and Miller misses. The next ball is an action replay but Dhoni fumbles behind stumps as South Africa get a bye. Despite the six, only seven comes off it which includes a leg-bye.

  • 11:50 PM IST

    Raina comes into the attack. He goes for eight. South Africa are going less than five an over. The required rate is over 11 now.

  • 11:43 PM IST

    South African struggle in the middle continues. This is an exceptional start from India. They have mixed-up the pace on a surface which is holding up. After the Powerplay, South Africa are 25 for 1. The required rate is well over 10 now. Thakur has given 9 off his 2 overs, while Bhuvi goes for 13 off 3.

  • 11:29 PM IST

    This is brilliant stuff from the Indian pacers. Bhuvi gives away only two off the first four. Mixes the lengths well and gets Hendricks to attempt a slog with a slower delivery. He mishits and Dhawan at midwicket won’t miss the dolly.

    OUT! Reeza Hendricks c Shikhar Dhawan b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 7 (13)
  • 11:24 PM IST

    Bumrah makes a huge difference to the side, isn’t it? Three runs from his first over, out of which the last single is a leg-bye.

  • 11:21 PM IST

    Bhuvi starts with three dots and then a lovely punch off back foot from Hendricks gets him four. Akshar mistimes his dive there. Now Rohit misfields at mid-off off the final ball as South Africa steal a single.

  • 11:16 PM IST

    Miller and Hendricks come out to open. For all the talks of wrist spin being South Africa’s nemesis. India have no wrist spinners for this decider.

  • 11:15 PM IST

The series is tied 1-1 © Getty Images
The series is tied 1-1 © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of India vs South Africa 2017-18. We are back to Cape Town for the final game of the tour. It was here where it all started in the first week of January. This is the third and the final T20I of the series. Here you will get all the live scores and updates from the match. India, who have been the dominant side in the limited-overs leg of the tour, won the first T20I but the hosts levelled it in the following game. The last match of the tour hence stands as a decider to see who wins the final series.

India have never lost a bilateral T20I series, but they have never played a T20I at Cape Town. Though South Africa have experience of playing at the venue, they do not have an impressive win-loss ratio – winning only three of the five matches they have played. India, on the other hand, hold a better win-loss ratio against South Africa in T20Is.

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Manish  Pandey are at the brink of breaking records and will be the players to watch out for in the match.

Squads

India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur.

South Africa: JP Duminy (c), Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala, Reeza Hendricks, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.