Yuzvendra Chahal creates unwanted records in India's defeat against South Africa

Klaasen and Duminy half-centuries set up T20 decider

The three-match T20 worldwide series between India and South Africa is now locked at 1-1 with the decider to be played on Saturday. I thought that was a winning total.

Although Smuts failed to produce anything meaningful with the bat, managing only two runs off 9 deliveries, he had bowled a valuable couple of overs in the Indian innings for just 15 runs at an economy rate of 7.5 runs.

"For me it is very important to keep momentum because they have very skillful bowlers and it was not easy to get a run a ball". India will want to close the tour on a positive note by registering a rare double-series win in the country.

South Africa have won only one out of their last six T20Is at this venue - by three wickets against England in 2016. "We didn't really have problems with the conditions, it was a constant drizzle, was fine to play".

The pitch at the Newlands is quite unique when compared to the rest of South African pitches. Suresh Raina came in and he and Shikhar Dhawan took the total to 44 before Dhawan was caught by Farhaan Behardien off Duminy's bowling in the fifth over. "They were positive and took calculated risks".

It proved to be a miserable night for Yuzvendra Chahal, whose figures of 0-64 were the worst by an Indian in T20Is.

India made one change, with fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah sitting out because of abdominal stiffness. "We expect them to show a fight and show some heart and they deserved to win tonight".

Saturday's tickets, for the last match of India's tour, suddenly just became a lot harder to come by. This will be their first such outing, while South Africa have a less than impressive record here.

"In the first over he told me that I must be calm and play my normal game and that is how it worked out".

However, with Chahal's confidence hitting a bit low, Yadav could find himself in reckoning for this all-important game.

Jaydev Unadkat is one of India's T20 specialist and he is known for his wicket-taking abilities in the shortest format of the game.

A cloudy day is forecast in Cape Town, with showers in the morning, although it is expected to clear up in the evening.

The capacity crowd was undeterred by the rain and the fact that it comprised nearly as much Indian as South African support, provided a lively theatre for some T20 cricketainment.

Dhoni and Pandey shared a vital unbeaten 98-run partnership as they accelerated the scoring. "I don't think he has anything to worry about", he was quoted as saying by sacricketmag.com.

The 3rd T20I between India and South Africa will be played at Newlands, Cape Town.

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