India managed to hang-on to a nervy seven-run win over South Africa in the third and final T20I in Cape Town. Chasing a target of 173, South Africa were too slow in the innings until JP Duminy (55) and Christaan Jonker did some hitting. Jonker scored 49 off 24 balls to give South Africa a chance but India bowlers managed to get them home. Earlier, India lost regular wickets in the middle and death overs which gave South Africa a chance to come back and restrict India to only 172/7. Batting first, India were moving towards a good total with Raina and Dhawan scoring quick runs. But both fell, Raina for 43 and Dhawna for 47, and no other batsman was able to give India a late push and take the total towards 200. India were playing without Virat kohli with Rohit leading the team.
Virat Kohli receives the ICC mace for being the number one Test team in the world. This is the second year in succession that India will keep the mace.
Virat Kohli in post match press conference said that “his team is playing at 80 percent of their level and they haven’t played at the level in which they would like to around the world. A team has to play 95 to 100 percent around the world to remain at the top”
Source : The Indian Express