The tour started with curiosity as how Indians will perform against hard winners South Africans at their home. With the tour’s first game resumes India faced close call and lost by 72 runs. In that very 1st Test-match Indians came up with good bowling attack but, didn’t bat well. The 2nd Test was cleaned by African bowlers winning with huge 135 runs. While, the 3rd game return with furious Indian pace attackers that was unforeseen. No Indian fans has ever seen that encounter from Indian pacers in foreign tours. As a result, Men-in-Blue strikes with 63 runs win over South Africa’s Test juggernaut.
Consequently, the successful bowling by Indian bowlers revised and uphold their ICC rankings. But, India lost the first series of the tour. South African veteran pacer Shaun Pollock praise Indian Pacer Jasprit Bumrah who took 14 wickets in 6 innings.
Next comes the ODI rivalry series which Indians haven’t won since 1992-93 South African’s tour. India lost the 7-ODI series at 2-5. Since then, Indian cricket team win ODI matches but not the series. This year India won against one-day superpowers at their home by 5-1 blow. The duo of wrist spinners’ Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav help Indian team claiming the ODI series along with their skipper Kohli’s 3 centuries. Only ODI won by the Proteas was on Pink Day which they had never lost in the past also.
The remaining final ongoing T-20 series of the tour which has leveled 1-1. And, its final is today between the Men In Blue and Proteas at Newlands, Capetown. Both will fight to win their last rivalry. Heinrich Klaasen is on the verge of hitting badly coming from last game played and won (69 off 30). On the other hand, we see Dhoni raining runs (52 off 28) but finally sitting on lost side. In this pitch, conditions are to be favoured by batsmen which every spectator want and said to be rain-free evening for the Final.
What Players have to say:
“I just fancied my chances more against the leggie, had more options against him. So when I got the first two boundaries, I thought this is the over I have got to target.” – Heinrich Klaasen
“From the team’s perspective it is very important to win trophies and then the individual performances take care of themselves. I always play for the team, look to play my natural game in whatever opportunities I’ve got.” – Suresh Raina
Likey Playing XI :
- South Africa: JJ Smuts, Reeza Hendricks, Jean-Paul Duminy(c), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi, Aaron Phangiso
- India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal,
Eagerly Wait and Watch to see The Furious Final: South Africa vs India, 3rd T20I Today (21:30 IST)
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