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Quinton de kock starred with the bat

South Africa level series with clinical win:

Bavuma seals the deal with a six off Krunal in the 17th over as South Africa complete a clinical performance to achieve series parity. Beuran Hendricks led a fine bowling performance while the likes of Rabada, Shamsi and Fortuin also pitched in to restrict India to 134. De Kock then led from the front with an unbeaten half-century to help the visitors clinch a clinical victory - by nine wickets with 3.1 overs to spare.

Half-century stand:

The six-hitting from de Kock's bat continues as he sends a Krunal delivery over the midwicket fence in the 15th over, with the second wicket pair also raising a quick-fire half-century stand. Only 8 needed now, off 30 deliveries.

100 up for South Africa

The century comes up in the 13th over as de Kock dispatches a short one from Hardik past the fence and sends the next over over extra cover for four. The required rate is under four now with South Africa firmly in control of the chase.

Hardik ends productive opening stand

There wasn't much pace on the ball as Hendricks attempted to pull but mistimed his shot. He saw Kohli run forward, dive full length and take an excellent catch at mid on. Hendricks departs for 28, ending a 76-run opening stand - South Africa's second highest against India for the opening wicket, after the 77-run association between Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers in Dharamsala in 2015. De kock, meanwhile, goes past fifty with two fours off Hardik to keep South Africa on track.

Half-century stand

The impact of the bad review is felt in the next over as de Kock is struck on the pad by Sundar and the on-field decision is not out. Replays, however, reveal that it would have been three reds. Meanwhile, de Kock and Hendricks raise a half-century stand in the eighth over.

De Kock gets going

The pace of Navdeep Saini is to the liking of de Kock, who flicks and pulls him for a couple of sixes in the fifth over to get South Africa going in the chase. Chahar errs in his line in his third over and is put away for a boundary by Hendricks and also forces Kohli to take the review for a delivery that was clearly missing the leg stump by a distance.

India keep it tight:

Washinton Sundar has conceded a couple of fours but has given away only 11 off his first two overs. At the other end, Deepak Chahar has found some swing and movement, and has troubled Reeza Hendricks. South Africa are 13 for 0 after 3.

India finish with 134:

Not an end India were hoping for. A couple of boundaries - by Hardik off Phehlukwayo and one for Washington Sundar of Rabada - helped but India also lost three wickets in the final over, two to Rabada's tally as they finish with 134 for 9. Rabada finishes with 3 for 39 but it was Beuran Hendricks's 2 for 14, without conceding a single boundary, that kept India in check.

Lowest totals defended in T20s at Chinnaswamy (uninterrupted games): 138 KXIP vs RCB IPL 2017; 146 Somerset vs Warriors CLT20 2011; 146 India vs Bangladesh WT20 2016

Quiet going

A six off Rabada and an earlier edge for a four off Phehlukwayo for Jadeja are the only boundaries from overs 13-18 as South Africa keep India in check. Can Jadeja and Hardik tee off in the last two overs?

More success for South Africa

After a couple of quiet overs, Pant eases the pressure with a scoop shot for six off Dwaine Pretorius in the 12th over. But he falls in the next over, miscuing a loft off Fortuin. The left-arm spinner fires one down the leg side seeing Iyer skip down the track, to have him stumped. Hendricks gets his second wicket as Krunal Pandya edges one to de Kock to depart for 4, leaving India at 98 for 6 in the 15th over.

Overs 1-6: 54/1 (5 X 4s; 2 X 6s)

Overs 7-15: 45/5 (2 X 4s; 1 X 6s)

Rabada strikes, Kohli departs

Kohl decides to go aerial with his wristy shot shot but finds Phehlekwayo take a good catch next to the boundary. Chinnaswamy in silence as the Indian captain departs for 9.

Shamsi gets Dhawan

Kohli struck on hard straight back to Fortuin, who put down a tough chance. But the partnership is ended in the next over, with Shamsi getting his payback, as Dhawan miscues a loft to extra cover to depart for 36.

Productive powerplay:

Tabraiz Shamsi is greeted into the attack with two successive sixes by Dhawan, who has crossed 7000 runs in all T20s. India end the powerplay with 54 on the board.

Rohit departs:

Left-arm pace against Rohit is always a good option and de Kock went just for that, introducing Beuran Hendricks into the attack in the third over. The bowler strikes off his second ball, finding the outside edge which is held by Reeza Hendricks at slip. Only two from the Hendricks over. India are 24 for 1 after 3.

The start:

Left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin opens the attack and starts with one on the leg stump as Shikhar Dhawan helps himself to a boundary behind square. Rohit Sharma then is struck on the pad with a delivery that came in with the arm. The onfield call was not out and South Africa opted against the review. Replays revealed that it was just clipping the stumps - umpire's call. Five from the opening over while Rabada concedes plenty in the second. He starts with a wide, followed by five wides and then one more wide. Rohit then scores two successive fours to go past Kohli's tally and become the leading run-scorer in T20Is. 17 runs from the over as India move to 22 for 0 after 2.

Spin at Chinnaswamy:

It's not often that you get to see a Kohli-led side take the field at the Chinnaswamy without a wrist spinner. No Yuzvendra Chahal for Kohli to fall back on. But finger spinners have been on the mark too, despite the short boundaries. Numbers ( IPL, CLT20 & T20Is) courtesy Deepu:

Wrist spin: Overs 511 | Wkts 168 | Avg 24.66 | ER 8.11 | SR 18.2

Finger spin: Overs 861 | Wkts 211 | Avg 31.26 | ER 7.67 | SR 24.5

Toss and teams:

The spin of the coil went in favour of Virat Kohli, who surprisingly chose to bat. "I know it's a ground where teams chase well. Heading into the T20 WC though, we need to improve areas as a team. We're a good chasing team. Results are always a priority, but we need to get out of our comfort zone also," said Kohli, who announced an unchanged eleven.

One change for South Africa as Beuran Hendricks comes in place of Anrich Nortje. "Will be a good wicket anyway, whether we batted or bowled. Just will have to try and compete, be the best players we can be," said de Kock.

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Shreyas Iyer, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini

South Africa (Playing XI): Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock(w/c), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi

Update: "It's overcast, the lights are on, the teams are out warming up. It's honestly not as bad as the forecast suggested. It should have been thunderstorms now by that logic. That said, there are rains forecast for around 8 pm. We'll see about that," pings Pratyush, who's at the ground.

"The pitch is peanut butter coloured, hardly recognisable from the green it was yesterday. This should play well," he adds.


Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for the third and final T20I between India and South Africa at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. With the first T20I at Dharamsala being washed out and Virat Kohli leading from the front in his team's victory in Mohali, India can't lose this series while the best South Africa can achieve is parity.

It makes little sense to read too much into what the teams will be trying to do in Bengaluru, except shake up their squad and see what drops out. 13 months to World Cup is a long countdown in a format as whimsical as T20, writes Pratyush Sinha in his preview. Meanwhile, he also has Rassie van der Dussen opening up on his journey.

Weather conditions: When it comes to Bengaluru, you need to keep an eye out for the weather. It rained on the morning of the match while thunderstorms are forecast for the evening and night. Although the sub-air system does a good job of drying up the ground in no time, heavy showers, which are forecast, will make things difficult. Fingers crossed.

The Bengaluru Police, meanwhile, have a message:

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