India vs South Africa, Women's cricket 5th T20, Cape Town


As a result, the 3rd and final match at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday will be the decider as this series is tantalisingly poised 1-1 after India won the opener Johannesburg on Sunday.

Jasprit Bumrah did not feature in the second T20I due to abdominal strain.

The tour of South Africa was a real test for the Indian run machine, but the Delhi batsman has passed the test with flying colours.

India trounced South Africa in the first T20I, winning the contest by 28 runs. "Today they bowled 5-6 overs of short bowling to us early on and it really backfired on them", Bhuvneshwar said after India's 28-run win.

It was a forgettable day for the Indian bowlers.

MSD and Pandey's heroics, though, weren't enough as South Africa did well to level the series on Wednesday. By the time the men's match started, it had stopped raining but Duminy was wary of it staying that way and he felt his team would do better if it had a total to chase rather than set.

The rain during the first Test match actually brought relief to the lives of the people in Cape Town but since then the things have once again worsened.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar said South Africa's ploy to unsettle Indian batsmen with short-pitched balls back-fired and the key to India's success in the first T20 was changing the pace and bowling slower deliveries at the Wanderers here. With the series hanging in the balance, India's lack of experience in the stadium in the format could give Proteas an added advantage, in spite of their poor record.

Klaasen, continuing his good form from the ODIs, played a blistering innings of 69 off 30 balls.

South Africa: JJ Smuts, Reeza Hendricks, Jean-Paul Duminy (capt), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi. Till the 12th over it was fine but with the drizzle, the wicket settled down. At Centurion, the Virat Kohli-led side will be looking to double the lead and seal the series. We never let the run rate drop less than 10.5. Their top three keep piling the runs on, Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues to impress and the spinners do the rest. The wicket can be tough to predict, but the Newlands has normally been a good wicket for batting. He single-handedly won India the first T20I with a blistering 72, but failed in the second game, falling to the part-time spin of JP Duminy, and will look to get India off to a start to ease the pressure on his skipper to follow.