India vs South Africa 3rd T20: De Kock stars as South Africa end series as 1-1 draw

Quinton de Kock 79 not out India South Africa 3rd T20 Bangalore cricket

Quinton de Kock smashed six boundaries and five sixes during his career-best knock of 79 not out

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South Africa stand-in captain Quinton de Kock walloped a career-best 79 to lead his side to a comfortable nine-wicket win over India in Bangalore.

Electing to bat first, India lost opener Rohit Sharma early on as he was dismissed by Beuran Hendricks for nine runs.

Shikhar Dhawan smashed a 25-ball 36 before he was removed by Tabraiz Shamsi.

Kagiso Rabada then took out India captain Virat Kohli for nine runs, while Bjorn Fortuin dismissed Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer in successive deliveries.

With India continuing to lose wickets at regular intervals, they ended up finishing on 134/9.

Rabada was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Hendricks and Fortuin snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Shamsi, he chipped in with one.

Chasing 135 to win, South Africa got off to an excellent start as De Kock and Reeza Hendricks amassed a 76-run partnership before Hendricks was caught by Kohli at mid-on off the bowling of Hardik Pandya for 28.

De Kock and Temba Bavuma finished things off with an unbeaten 64-run stand, during which De Kock sailed past his fifty.

De Kock finished on 79, which came off 52 balls and included six boundaries and five sixes, while Bavuma remained undefeated on 27, which came off 23 deliveries and included two boundaries and a six.

Pandya was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Beuran Hendricks was named Man of the Match for his figures of 2-14 off four overs.

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