India vs South Africa 3rd T20I: Quinton de Kock's half century helps proteas level series 1-1

De Kock scored 79 off 52 balls as South Africa chased down the target with ease to level the series at M Chinnaswamy stadium.
India vs South Africa 3rd T20I: Qunton de Kock's half century helps proteas level series 1-1 Quinton de Kock raises the bat after scoring his half century. (Photo: Twitter)
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Quinton de Kock scored yet another half-century as South Africa thrashed India by 9 wickets in the third T20I encounter to level the series 1-1. De Kock scored 79 off 52 balls as the visitors dominated for the most part of the encounter. 

Earlier India's innings was derailed by some fine bowling from South African bowlers. Kagiso Rabada was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets while Bjorn Fortuin and Beuran Hendricks took two wickets each as they restricted India to 134/9 in 20 overs. Shikhar Dhawan was the top-scorer with 36. Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first against South Africa.

After winning the toss, skipper Virat Kohli said that the hosts wanted to put pressure on themselves and improve upon defending totals going into next year's World T20. The plan seemed to be working as Dhawan came out all guns blazing, underlining India's intentions to take a more aggressive approach with the bat. His opening partner Rohit Sharma did not last long, being dismissed by Hendricks for 9.

Kohli then came in and held on as Dhawan went after the bowlers. The pair shared a 41-run stand for the second wicket before Dhawan holed out to Temba Bavuma at long-on off Tabraiz Shamsi.

Kohli then tried to shift gears but ended up giving a catch to Andile Phehlukwayo at the square-leg boundary off Rabada. Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer then struggled to rotate the strike, before the former fell for a slow 20-ball 19.

Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya's 29-run stand was the only significant contribution India had after that as they set a target of 135 for South Africa to chase and level the three-match series which the hosts lead 1-0 after win in Mohali. The first match in Dharamsala was washed out without a ball being bowled on September 15.

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