India played their 3rd T-20 against South Africa and the match was the perfect example of team’s dependency on the top-order batsmen. It started off good but post Shikhar Dhawan’s departure it was a match in shambles.
Dhawan’s 35 from 25 balls had raised Indian team’s hope of getting a big total while skipper Virat Kohli was by his side. Kohli got dismissed at 9 and then the responsibility was shoved on the shoulders of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant.
Pant is already having an unproductive phase while even Iyer was not able to deliver anything worthwhile. Pant once again got out by playing a reckless shot. Hardik Pandya who has been on a break since the world cup also did not make much of a difference and India stood at 134/9 at the end of 20 overs.
It was a crunch game for South Africa, easy target and the small ground of Chinnaswamy stadium with Quinton de Kock in form. De Kock’s 79 from 52 lead the South African team to victory.
The South African bowlers did an amazing job at putting a stoppage at the Indian team from setting up a big target. Beuran Hendricks won the man of the match for his 2 wickets in 4 overs giving away 14 runs while de Kock won the man of the series as he hit a half-century in both the matches.
India needs to sort out its issues regarding a dependable middle order or it will be tough for them in the upcoming T-20 world cup.