The Men in Blue are all set for the third and final T20I of the three-match series and also the last fixture of the Proteas tour. The Centurion T20I saw South Africa level series 1-1 as Heinrich Klaasen and JP Duminy chased down a formidable 189 with ease. The defeat in Centurion is a wake-up call for the Men in Blue as they now head to the Cape Town for the final fixture of the Proteas tour and the players seem confident and positive about their approach.
Players such as Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Shikhar Dhawan took to social media as the Virat Kohli led Team India play the final and decisive match of the series.
Indian seamer Bumrah was seen posing with Suresh Raina as he took to Instagram with the caption, 'Off to Capetown #travelday #teammates'.
'Gabbar' Dhawan was positive as he posted an ecstatic selfie with all-rounder Hardik Pandya with the caption, 'Last leg of the series! Travelling to Cape Town for finals of the T20 cup.. Need all the support from you guys! @hardikpandya7'.
Wrist spinner Yuzvendra posted a selfie with Team India opener Rohit Sharma on the flight to Cape Town.
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) February 22, 2018
While the rest of the Team India players took selfies, Rohit decided to upload a confident and attitudinizing portrait on his Instagram account with the caption 'Fifty SHADES of black and white'.
The Centurion T20I saw a determined lower-order batsman take on the South Africa pacers as MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey stepped up and managed to add a 100 plus run partnership as Pandey's 79* and Dhoni's 52* took the Men in Blue to an imposing total of 188/4 in their 20 overs.
Rohit fell cheap once again in the second over and this time for a golden duck. Dhawan and Raina managed to contribute with their blustery knocks and seemed quite threatening till the hosts ended their innings in time.
Yuzvendra proved quite costly as Proteas wicket-keeper Klaasen didn't hesitate to step up and thrash the leg-spinner as he leaked 64 runs in 4 overs. Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur have been impressive but not yet intimidating as the Proteas middle and lower batsman have been on a thrashing spree.
All eyes would be on Kohli as the skipper was dismissed early in the 2nd T20I for 1 and an angry Kohli simply means that his bat will do the talking once again but this time in a harsh manner. The JP Duminy led South Africa side will be expecting a vindictive Indian skipper at Cape Town.
The Men in Blue will aim to end the tour on a high after winning the six-match ODI series 5-1 and will search for a win in the final fixture of the campaign on Proteas soil as they next take on Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in a Tri-nation T20I series which commences from March 6.