Brief scores: India 172/7 (Shikhar Dhawan 47, Suresh Raina 43; Junior Dala 3 for 35, Chris Morris 2 for 43) beat South Africa 165/6 (Jean-Paul Duminy 55, Christiaan Jonker 49*; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2 for 24) by 7 runs
3rd T20, statistical highlights
- Courtesy a seven-run win, India sealed their maiden T20I series win on South African soil. India have now won five of the seven T20Is (a win percentage of 85.71) they have played against the Proteas in their own den.
- Junior Dala, playing only his third T20I, record his best bowling figures: 3 for 35 in four overs.
- Christiaan Jonker became South Africa’s 76th T20I player, having replaced Jon-Jon Smuts in the playing XI. He very nearly made a half-century on his T20I debut, finishing unbeaten on 49.
- In the absence of Virat Kohli due to a stiff back, Rohit Sharma captained India for the fourth time in a T20 International. He now has a 100 per cent win record as captain in this format. His opposite number, Jean-Paul Duminy, suffered his fourth defeat as South Africa T20I captain in eight matches.
- JP Duminy made his 12th T20I half-century, which also helped him become the fifth-highest T20I run-scorer, while Rohit Sharma broke into the top 10 run-scorers in this format.
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar was awarded the man of the series for taking 7 for 67 in three matches, while Suresh Raina, for his all-round showing (43 runs with the bat and a wicket), bagged the man of the match award.