Yuzvendra Chahal creates unwanted records in India's defeat against South Africa

Kristopher Nichols
February 25, 2018

Cape Town: With the three-match T20 series tied at 1-1, India and South Africa will battle it out for the trophy when they lock horns in the third and final match at Cape Town on Friday. For South Africa, losing the T20I series close on the heels of an ODI series loss would be traumatic.

While both Bhuvneshwar and Zaheer are tied at the second spot with six wickets each, off-spinner R Ashwin is leading the chart with 10 wickets.

Earlier today, South Africa won the toss and made a decision to Bowl first.

Duminy played an anchor role before finishing the match with two sixes in an innings of 64 not out off 40 balls. It doesn't necessarily give the visitors an advantage.

Earlier in the tour, South Africa took the Test series 2-1, India dominated the one-day internationals 5-1, and now, the T20 global series is all square.

Victory in the previous game will also be a reason for buoyancy in the Proteas dressing room. "You've just got to put the bowler under pressure and show them your skills".

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Despite these eye-catching performances‚ the 26-year-old is well aware that he is likely to make way when established batsmen Quinton de Kock‚ captain Faf du Plessis‚ AB de Villiers and Temba Bavuma return to the squad.

Duminy and Miller, the two senior batsmen in the starting side on Sunday, made three and nine respectively, continuing what is now a lengthy run of poor form for the pair. "Playing Australia and England at home is going to be challenging because they are very good sides and a lot of experience comes with them, and it's important that I continue to score runs for the team".

The defeat, if nothing, proves the point that Proteas, in spite of carrying an inexperienced unit, have the ability to counter-attack when the conditions turn in their favour. His fitness still remains a question mark and it is not clear if he will feature on Saturday.

India is unbeaten in four T20I series (including one-off contests) and this is its longest streak in the shortest format. Thereafter, Raina and Pandey added quick 45 runs off 31 balls for the fourth wicket to take India forward. This was the first-time Indian team won in South Africa and that is a huge achievement for the captain Virat Kohli and team. On the other hand, Unadkat has gone for the big in the IPL auction and all eyes on stays on him. Shardul Thakuar used clever change of pace at Centurion and picked 1/31 in his four-over spell.

India have never played a T20I at Newlands.

"We lost the first two Test matches and then we came back". However, with Chahals confidence hitting a bit low, Yadav could find himself in reckoning for this all-important game. But the Man of the Match Award went to Klaasen as it was his knock that took away the momentum in the second innings from India's gloves and handed it over to South Africa instead.

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