India clinch T20 series 2-1, beat South Africa by 7 runs in the final T20

India beat South Africa by 7 runs in the final T20I in Cape Town to clinch the series 2-1 at the end of the historical tour for Team India. Bhuvneshwar Kumar kept his nerve cool in the final over as SA needed 19 runs in the 20th over he spent only.

Debutant Christiaan Jonker played a brilliant knock at the end to give South Africa some faith, as they were not able to keep up with the asking run rate in their innings. Skipper JP Duminy played another important inning for the side of 55 but this time he couldn’t take his team to the home. At the end South Africa only manage 165 with the lost of six wickets, 7 runs short from the Indian total.

Jonker made blistering 49 runs from 24 balls got out in the last ball of the innings as Bhuvneshwar picked up his second wicket. Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Hardik Pandya and Suresh Raina all picked up a wicket each to help India to beat SA after some last tough overs.

Earlier for team India comes a bad news when Virat Kohli rested for the final match, Rohit Sharma lead the team India after loosing the toss Team India sent to bat by SA, Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina gave India a good start after losing Rohit Sharma early.

Both Dhawan (47) and Raina (43) hits bounderis and made scoreboard moving as both put a 65 runs partnership for the second wicket.

But India failed to capitalise on the start as the middle order once again failed to put a brilliant show, Pandya (21) hits some shots before he was sent back by Chris Morris. MS Dhoni failed this time as he got out only for 12. Dinesh Karthik made 13 off 6 his late blitz with the bat helped India reach 172 for 7 at the end of 20 overs.

Suresh Raina for his all round performance both with bat and ball rewarded by the man of the match and Bhuvneshwer Kumar adjudged man of the series for his brilliant bowling performance, he ended T20 series as the highest wicket taker with 7 wickets.

Brief scores:

India – 173/7 (Dhawan 47, Raina 43; Dala 3/35)

South Africa – 175/9 (JP Duminy 55, Jonker 49; Bhuvneshwar 2/24)

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