South Africa managed to level the 3-match T20I series against India as skipper Quinton de Kock’s unbeaten fifty took the visitors to a 9-wicket win. India experimented with the toss and elected to bat first where all the teams elected to bowl first on winning the toss. After a quick start, the middle-order batsmen failed to get going on a slow track. Beuran Hendricks made it tough for the hosts with his bowling figures that read 4-0-14-2. De Kock finished with a 52-ball 79* to help the Proteas chase down the target of 135 with 3.1 overs to spare.
All the statistical highlights from South Africa’s big win over India in Bangalore:
India’s toughest venue:
3 – India lost three out of the five T20I matches they played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. This is the first venue where India lost as many as three T20I matches. Bangalore is also the first home venue where India played twice in a calendar year in the T20I format. India played Australia in February and ended up on the losing side.
Biggest home loss for India:
9 – Only the 4th time India lost a match by 9 or more wickets in the T20I format but the first in India. Their previous biggest home defeat by wickets was of 8 wickets during the 2017 Guwahati T20I against Australia.
A first for De Kock:
1 – This was first win as South African captain in International cricket for Quinton de Kock. South Africa played two ODIs and a T20I before this under De Kock’s captaincy and lost in all three.
2 – De Kock has scored fifties in both the T20Is as captain. This was his first instance of consecutive fifties in the T20I format. In 36 T20I innings before this tour, the keeper-batsman managed to score only two fifties as he waited for 26 innings to score his maiden fifty in this format.
Milestones for De Kock and Dhawan:
1018 – Quinton de Kock became the 6th player to score 1000 runs in the T20I format for South Africa. He got to the milestone when he got to his individual score of 61. De Kock also became the 6th South African with 5000 runs in Twenty20 format when he reached 12.
7031 – Shikhar Dhawan became the 4th Indian to complete 7000 runs in Twenty20 cricket. The left-hander needed five runs before this match and ended up scoring 36.
3 – Beuran Hendricks has dismissed Rohit Sharma on three occasions in the Twenty20 format. Rohit has faced four balls in all T20s against this left-arm pacer and got out on three instances without scoring a run.
The middle muddle:
75 – India’s No.3 to No.7 batsmen collectively scored 51 runs in this match at a strike-rate of 75. This is the 2nd lowest batting SR by India’s 3-7 batsmen in a T20I. They scored 52 runs in the 2008 Melbourne T20I against Australia at 68.42 SR.
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