A late blitz from Christiaan Jonker nearly clinched the deciding third and final Twenty20 worldwide for South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday (February 24), but Bhuvneshwar Kumar held his nerves to bowl a clinical last over to seal a seven-run win for India.
The visitors, who won by 54 runs to claim the rubber 3-1, powered to 166/4 with opener Mithali Raj scoring 62 and sharing a third-wicket stand of 98 with Harmanpreet Kauer, who was 44 not out.
With the series levelled at 1-1, both India and South Africa showed their best on the field this evening which finally resulted in a nailbitter however, it was the visiting Indian side who clinched the issue by 7 runs to set up an another series win after bagging the ODI series 5-1. With a flurry of boundaries, he and Dhawan took India to 57/1 in the first six overs and their 50-partnership came off 37 balls. Kapp's 27 was their top score.
India opening bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was named man of the series, again bowled outstandingly in the first six overs, delivering an opening spell of 1-13 in three overs.
MS Dhoni [VIDEO] and Hardik Pandya were then burdened with the responsibility of taking India to a fighting total with the series on the line. Jonker sliced a full toss to extra cover off the last ball in the final act and stand-in captain Rohit Sharma took the catch.
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Then, the 34-year-old Rumeli Dhar picked up a three-wicket haul - her first wickets since coming back into the side after six years out - as South Africa Women were restricted to 112.
Dhawan and Raina put on 65 runs for the second wicket and spearheaded the Indian innings.
Morris came back strongly after an ordinary start to finish with figures of 2/43.
Junior Dala has been stupendous for South Africa with the leather in hand. The piling pressure eventually paved the way for Reeza Hendricks' wicket who fell victim to a spectacular knuckleball from Bhuvneshwar.
South Africa's asking-rate wasn't daunting by any stretch of the imagination bearing in mind the firepower they possessed in their batting line-up.
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India's just ended their two-month tour of South Africa on a high.
This was after skipper Kohli was ruled out of the game.
Only captain JP Duminy (55 from 41 balls) and debutant Christiaan Jonker (49 from 24 balls) were able to muster innings of substance.
Bhuvi stepped up to bowl the final over and the first ball went for just one before a ramp shot by Behardien went for four, the next ball saw a single and was followed by a wide leaving South Africa needing 12 to win off three balls. Yuzvendra Chahal too conceded a lot of runs, even giving away 23 runs in one of his overs.
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