Cape Town, Feb 25: India quelled a late charge by the South African batsmen to clinch a nail biting seven-run victory in the third and final Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) here on Saturday.
It also didn't help that Raina holed out off Tabraiz Shamsi (1-31) and was caught at long on. The Girls in Blue had made the country proud by defeating South Africa Women in both the ODI and T20 worldwide series for the first time ever. He will look for the same quality he churned out in the ODI at Newlands when he finished with figures of 4-46. "Hopefully next time we will win all the three trophies", said Kumar, who was awarded the Man of the Series.
Jonker battered five fours and two sixes to bring the equation down to 12 off the last three balls, but he couldn't quite steal what would have been an against-the-odds win. South Africa staged a comeback in the second T20I but were once again floored by Indians in Cape Town, the venue where it all began for the Indians.
But Dala dismissed him early for the second consecutive match when excellent off the the pitch movement and some poor footwork saw the Indian stand-in captain being trapped leg before in the second over. It is very important to play well in the first six overs. Given his chance in the Tests, Jasprit Bumrah showed he was much more than a good one-day bowler, while Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar all troubled the South African batsmen. The idea was to keep the ball on the stumps and we kept it tight in the first six overs.
While Raina looked comfortable on the pitch Shikhar Dhawan was finding runs hard to come by on the other end and struggled to find his rhythm as India continued to score over 9 runs per an over.
Last match's hero Heinrich Klaasen could not produce another match-saving innings and faltered after making seven runs off 10 deliveries. He surpassed his teammate Rohit Sharma's tally of 491 runs which he scored in a home series against Australia in 2013-14. He also bowled three overs and took a wicket. "God has been really kind, thanks to my wife, kid, they've really made me believe I can go there and wear the Indian jersey again". With the pressure on them, Hendricks tried to hit a big shot but was caught by Dhawan instead, off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's bowling. South Africa was now getting away from its goal but Jonker who was playing his first T20 match here scored 18 runs in 18th over and gave his team an excursion.
Former skipper MS Dhoni became the third wicket-keeper to take 600-plus catches in global cricket during the fifth ODI at Centurion.
Junior Dala was the pick of the South African bowlers picking up a career-best 3/35 in his four overs.
So, with the confidence of both the teams being on a high, we are going to have an epic battle in the third and final match of the series.