…South Africa earn a consolation win in the third T20 in India
RILEE Rossouw scored his maiden hundred as South Africa beat India by 49 runs in the third and final T20 international.
Rossouw, drafted by the Sydney Thunder for this summer’s KFC BBL, scored 100 not out off 48 balls as the Proteas piled up 227-3 before India folded for 178 in response yesterday.
The hosts, though, still took the three-match series 2-1 at Indore.
Quinton de Kock scored 68 off 43 balls after Temba Bavuma fell, cheaply once again, for just three.
de Kock and Rossouw put on 90 off 48 balls for the second wicket.
Rossouw used the short boundaries to good effect, hitting seven fours and eight sixes.
After de Kock was run-out, Rossouw added 87 with Tristan Stubbs (23) off 43 deliveries and David Miller smacked an unbeaten 19 off five balls, including three sixes, as South Africa finished with their highest T20 score in India.
“Tonight was my night,” Rossouw said. “We believe in our abilities. I am glad with myself and de Kock scoring the runs.”
India’s chase didn’t take off at all. Rohit Sharma was out bowled for nought while Rishabh Pant, as makeshift opener, scored 27 off 14 balls.
Dinesh Karthik provided a spark with 46 off 21 balls, including four fours and four sixes, but India were reduced to 86-5 in eight overs as Dwaine Pretorius ended up taking 3-26.
India had won the first match in Thiruvananthapuram by eight wickets and the second game in Guwahati by 16 runs to earn their first T20 series win against South Africa at home, which followed a 2-1 series win against Australia.
“We played against two quality sides and we overcame tough challenges,” Rohit said.
“Our bowling is a concern and we need to find a replacement for Jasprit Bumrah.
“It is a work in progress and we need to keep finding answers for the World Cup.”
South Africa will stay on for a three-match ODI series, starting tomorrow in Lucknow.
India’s primary squad will fly out to Australia today for the T20 World Cup, with a practice match scheduled against Australia in Brisbane, while a second-string side will feature in the ODI series.