Bengaluru - An unbeaten half-century by skipper Quinton de Kock and paceman
Beuran Hendricks' strong performance with the ball helped South Africa
thrash India by nine wickets to draw their Twenty20 series 1-1 on
SCORECARD: India v Proteas, 3rd T20 International
Hendricks returned figures of 2-14 to restrict India to 134
for nine after skipper Virat Kohli's surprising decision to bat first in
the third and final match at Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Kock then anchored the chase with his 79 - his second successive
half-century - off 52 balls on a pitch where teams usually opt to bat
The left-handed De Kock, who was recently named captain in
the shortest format and made 52 in a losing cause on Wednesday after
the opening match was washed out, smashed six fours and five sixes.
insisted he did not regret his decision to bat first, adding the team
will challenge itself in the lead up to the T20 World Cup next year.
what we wanted to do and that's going to be the template we'll follow
for games we have before the World Cup," Kohli said before sharing the
trophy with De Kock.
"We will have games like this where we don't
execute what we want. But as long as the intent is there to improve,
we'll be in a good zone."
De Kock put on 76 runs with opening
partner Reeza Hendricks, who made 28, and then an unbeaten partnership
of 64 with Temba Bavuma, 27 not out, to steer the team home.
it was Beuran Hendricks' bowling effort that set the tone for the Proteas'
victory, with the left-arm quick the only change in the XI.
The hosts lost three of their top batsmen early, including Kohli for nine.
Sharma was the first to go for nine, caught at slip off Beuran while
fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan returned to the dug-out for 36.
bowler Kagiso Rabada took Kohli's scalp after the star batsman was holed
out to the deep square-leg boundary, with Andile Phehlukwayo completing
a sharp running catch.
Rabada took three wickets, including two in the final over, but gave away 39 runs from his four overs.
Fortuin struck twice with his left-arm spin in the 13th over to dismiss
Rishabh Pant for 19 and Shreyas Iyer for five as India slipped to 98
"I think we kept it nice and simple. Focused on hitting a good length. Our spinners kept it tight too," said De Kock.
"Beuran bowled really well, he's got the skills. Sometimes it's better on these wickets to take the pace off."
The two teams now head into a three-match Test series starting October 2 in Visakhapatnam.