It was a series that was heavily tilted towards India, right from when the squads were announced, as South Africa had rested most of their limited overs stars in order to ‘protect’ them for the upcoming Australian series.
South Africa though have unearthed some stars in this series with Klaasen coming into his own in the 2nd T20, Junior Dala troubling the Indian top order, Hendricks getting those starts at the top of the order and then Jonker playing this brilliant cameo at the end in the 3rd T20.
But it has been India all along, right from that 3rd Test in Jo’Burg, they just haven’t let South Africa come into their own in the series, keeping them at bay with some wrist spin trickery at first and then using their limited overs expertise and skill set to edge the Proteas out.
With Virat Kohli injured for the 3rd T20 and India going in without the spin twins(Kuldeep and Chahal), it seemed as if the two teams were fairly even on paper, but the Indian batsman came to the party, putting up 172 on board on this sluggish Cape Town track.
The Indian bowlers then kept it tight using those cutters to good effect as the South Africans found it tough to time the ball.
The game got a little tricky in the end with Jonker and Behardien striking it well, but Bhuvi and Bumrah held it together to give India a very well deserved T20 series win.
Check out the tweets:
South Africa too played very well. Full marks to the debutant #Jonker. If he is little experienced, would have made it difficult for India.
— Anil Singhvi CNBC (@anilsinghviCNBC) February 24, 2018
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 24, 2018
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) February 24, 2018
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 24, 2018
WONDERFUL!!! INDIA WINS T20 series as well against SA. Well done team India 🇮🇳 😀
— Jeet (@jeet30) February 24, 2018
Well done Team India 🇮🇳 Have come a long way on this tour. Just missed out in the Tests but lot to be proud of.
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) February 24, 2018
From getting trolled after the test series defeat to winning the ODI series and the T20 series like a boss.
What a comeback Team India has made. 💙🇮🇳#INDvSA
— Prajakta Bhawsar (@ViratsFangirl18) February 24, 2018
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) February 24, 2018
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) February 24, 2018
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) February 24, 2018
Damn!!! That so close. Nevertheless.
Congratulations, Team India 🇮🇳 A sweet, victorious end to the SA tour.
Incomplete without some of those ‘golden words’ by Dhoni (behind the stumps) though! #SAvIND #SAvsIND
— Priya Adivarekar (@priyaadivarekar) February 24, 2018
T 2625 – CRICKET DOUBLE WHAMMY !! INDIA beats SoAf in Women’s and Mens .. WINS both SERIES ! INCREDIBLE !! We are simply the BEST .. A SUPERIOR NATION !! Congratulations INDIA teams .. you have made us all so proud .. !! pic.twitter.com/yNKxzbAo7p
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) February 24, 2018