India and South Africa are fighting it out in the 3rd T20 which is being played at Vizag. The visitors have a 2-0 lead in the series and a win on Tuesday will enable them to win the series. India on the other-hand have to win the game to stay alive in the series, which is being captained by Pant for the first time. South Africa won the toss yet again and chose to bowl first again. Both the teams made no changes to the playing XI as the wait for Arshdeep and Umran grows longer.
Gaikwad plays an outstanding shot to a brute of a bouncer for Nortje –
Team India were looking for a good start from their openers, as the focus of the world was on Gaikwad. The 25 year old has been under pressure after his failures in the first two games of the series. The incident happened in the 3rd ball of the 5th over bowled by Nortje. The South African was hit for 2 fours off the first two balls by Gaikwad. The 3rd ball was a nasty bouncer which was bowled at Gaikwad’s helmet. The right handed opener bent down just in time to fend the ball, but it hit the grill of the helmet and sped for four.
India score only 179 despite the good start from the openers –
India got a blazing start to the innings, thanks to Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan as the duo added 97 for the 1st wicket. Gaikwad scored his maiden 50 in T20 cricket and was aggressive right from the word go. Just as he looked good to go bigger, he fell caught and bowled to Maharaj. India then had Iyer and Kishan add 31 runs for the 2nd wicket, before Iyer fell for 14 with 2 sixes dismissed by Shamsi. Ishan Kishan continued his good form before falling for 54, while Pant failed yet again with just 6 on the board. Karthik too was out early for mere 6, but Pandya managed to give the finish India need with 31 off 21 balls. India reach 179 for 5, scoring mere 82 runs from the last 10 overs of the innings.
Twitter reacts to the ball from Nortje –
Cricket fans were left stunned by the ball bowled by Nortje and the way, Gaikwasd managed to play the ball. The fans were in full praise for the amazing cricket that was being played during the 3rd T20 at Vizag. You can read the tweets below.
Rutuuuu 😍💥— A girl who loves cricket 🏏 (@Priyaa022) June 14, 2022
4 4 4 4 4 #RuturajGaikwad #INDvsSA