Women's T20: India to take on South Africa tomorrow


The third T20I between India and South Africa is a series decider for both. Captain Jean-Paul Duminy revealed that the main reason for doing so - despite the fact that the ground has a history of favouring the side that bats first - was the weather.

Of the last eight matches between the two sides across three formats, South Africa have won just once. That's what I tried to do in the first game.

The tour of South Africa was a real test for the Indian run machine, but the Delhi batsman has passed the test with flying colours.

Lee was unbeaten on 58 as the rain stopped the play. And fortunately for him, that's what happened. He returned with figures of 1-31 off his quota of overs, a remarkable job in the context of the game. "We have Australia and England coming up after the South Africa series, so that's going to be a very important series because they are quality oppositions with far more quality players". Raina and Kohli managed only one run between them before Kohli was caught by Heinrich Klaasen off Junior Dala's bowling.

Pandey is aware batting at No. 5 in modern ODI cricket, especially in a top-heavy line-up like India's, is not easy. India dominated the proceedings before they were brought down to earth by the hosts in third match. MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey also have kept themselves in good stead with the willow. Jadeja had once gone for 6 sixes In a game. It remains to be seen if the Centurion pitch will provide them enough bounce to try out the short-ball ploy once again, or indeed if the Proteas have thought of a plan B this time around. Keep up with the rate and keep up with Duckworth-Lewis. "They were positive and took calculated risks".

Kohli has thus, moved ahead of Brian Lara in the all-timers' list, having also overtaken him in the all-timers' Test list last month.

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De Gea, although, expressed his delight to make an important save during the game, he also admitted that Vincenzo Montella's side deserved more.

Kohli also credited South Africa for taking calculated risks and handling the conditions better. And Klaasen didn't disappoint. Out of ten sixes between Duminy and Klassen, seven were against Chahal. Duminy quietly anchored the innings at the other end as Klaasen let it flow. He is a wicket-to-wicket bowler, and will come as a breather for struggling Yuzvendra Chahal.

The team South Africa surprised by the moment, as Hashim Amla has been rested for the T20Is. But by that time, the damage was done. He has picked up two wickets for 75 runs at an economy of 9.78. But Duminy took charge and he and Farhaan Behardien together scored 36 runs in just 21 balls. Pandya was even more expensive, conceding 45 runs in his 4 overs.

Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will only add depth to the formidable Indian bowling line-up.

Fittingly, it was the Proteas captain who hit the winning runs. So team batting first will have a huge advantage today.

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Off-spinner Anuja Patil, who has produced a breakthrough in the first three matches, has emerged as the top wicket-taker for India with five scalps.