Proteas star AB de Villiers ruled out of T20 series


The Indian women's cricket team would be aiming for a quick recovery from a rare setback when it takes on South Africa in the fourth Twenty20 global, where a win would give the visitors an unbeatable series lead at Centurion on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old ended the ODI series against South Africa with 558 runs, becoming the first batsman ever to score 500 runs in a bilateral ODI series. "Today it was about bowling slower, not giving the batsmen the pace to work with".

Bhuvneshwar said, "Whenever India goes overseas, the reputation is that India are not good at batting against short bowling".

After Rohit fell for a golden duck, trapped lbw by Junior Dala off the first delivery of the second over, Dhawan clobbered Chris Morris for two sixes and two fours in one over. The next two balls he tried his best but could only get three and thus help India finish on 188/4 from their 20 overs. He does not review.

Leg-spinner Chahal has moved up eight slots to 21st position with 16 wickets in the South Africa series while Chinaman bowler Yadav's 17 scalps saw him move up 15 positions to take the 47th position.

India are now 1-0 up and would be keen to wrap it up tomorrow.

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Kohli is now a good 22 points clear of Sachin Tendulkar, whose ODI career high of 887 points came against Zimbabwe in January 1998. Drama first up at Centurion.

South Africa, on the other hand, would aim to bounce back to keep themselves alive in the series. With overcast conditions, the pacers could get some swing. They are unchanged. For India, Jasprit Bumrah is out and Shardul Thakur comes in. Let's hope it remains. She struck another six thereafter, remaining unbeaten on 58 before rain stopped play.

With this bowling stats, Bhuvneshwar also became the first Indian bowler to take five wickets in each of the three formats (four times in Tests and once each in One Day Internationals and T20Is).

India's success in the shorter formats of the game in South Africa has been due to their batsmen's ability to play the short-pitched delivery well, according to pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. While India bagged a mammoth 205 losing 5 wickets, Proteas managed to hit only 175 runs in all 20 overs.

The collapse continued for South Africa as India struck for the third time in three overs with Deepti trapping Sune Luus in the next over.