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Rilee Rossouw’s maiden T20I century while Quinton de Kock’s second fifty in as many matches helped the South Africans in posting their highest total of 227/3 eventually winning the third and the final game of the series against India by 49 runs in Indore. Rossouw remained unbeaten on 100 off 48 with seven fours and eight maximums as the Proteas scored over 220 runs in consecutive encounters against the Men in Blue. India lost their final T20 international before the T20 World Cup but sealed the series by a 2-1 margin.
Speaking about how the dead rubber panned out, skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to field first. Struggling South African captain Temba Bavuma scored only three runs to end the disastrous series where he managed to amass only as many runs. Wicketkeeper-batter De Kock kept going as he registered back-to-back fifties before getting dismissed for 68 off 43.
Rossouw, who came into the match with two ducks behind him looked in terrific touch and brought up his maiden hundred in the format. David Miller smashed three sixes in five deliveries to take the Proteas’ total to above 225. Harshal Patel leaked runs yet again as he went for 49 runs for zero wickets in his four-over spell.
Chasing 228, Rohit bagged a two-ball duck while Shreyas Iyer, who replaced Virat Kohli mustered only one run off four. Birthday Boy Rishabh Pant opened the innings but managed to score only 27 off 14 in a massive run-chase. Dinesh Karthik came in to bat at no. four and struck 46 off 21 which included four fours and as many sixes before falling prey to Keshav Maharaj.
Man-in-form Suryakumar Yadav scored only eight, a rare failure as the hosts never really looked like going in the run-chase. Pacers Deepak Chahar and Umesh Yadav scored 31 and 20* respectively lower down the order but the Proteas won the game comprehensively by 49 runs. For his scintillating ton, Rossouw grabbed the Player of the Match award while Suryakumar Yadav won the Player of the Series award.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from the 3rd T20I between India and South Africa:
1 – Rilee Rossouw smashed his maiden century in T20 internationals. His previous best was 96* which came against England in Cardiff this year.
305 – Quinton de Kock has now slammed the most runs (305) against India in India. He surpassed Nicholas Pooran’s tally of 279 runs.
11 – Kagiso Rabada dismissed Rohit Sharma for the 11th time in international cricket which is the joint-most with New Zealand’s Tim Southee.
3 – Temba Bavuma has amassed the least runs (3) by a captain with a minimum of three innings amongst the full members in a T20I series.
540 – Rohit Sharma has now scored only 540 runs in 23 T20I innings at an average of 25.71 with just two half-centuries in 2022.
227/3 – South Africa registered their highest total of 227/3 against India in T20Is. Their previous best of 221/3 came in the last match in Guwahati in the ongoing series.
2 – The Proteas also recorded the second highest total of 227/3 by a team against India in T20Is. West Indies tops the list for scoring 245/6 in Lauderhill in the year 2016.
4 – De Kock is now joint-top with Pooran and Colin Munro for hitting the most 50-plus scores (4) against India in T20 internationals.
8 – Rohit Sharma now has the joint-third most ducks (8) by an opener in T20 internationals. Stephan Myburgh also has as many naughts in the format. Paul Stirling and Tilakaratne Dilshan are in the top two spots for registering ten and nine ducks respectively.
1 – The Rainbow Nation scripted the highest total of 227/3 by a team against India in India. The previous best of 221/3 was also by South Africa which came in the last game of the ongoing series.
10 – Rohit is now tied with four other batters Tilakaratne Dilshan, Soumya Sarkar, Paul Stirling, and Umar Akmal in the second spot for scoring ten ducks (position one-seven) in the format. Kevin O’Brien leads the unwanted chart with 12 naughts to his name.