India vs South Africa Highlights: Watch South Africa vs India 3rd T20 Highlights played on 7th October 2015. Ind vs SA 3rd T20 Highlights at Kolkata. Watch IND vs RSA Cricket Highlights on Thursday.
Cricket Series: India vs South Africa 2015
South Africa Squad: F du Plessis*, KJ Abbott, HM Amla, F Behardien, Q de Kock†, M de Lange, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, E Leie, DA Miller, JA Morkel, CH Morris, K Rabada, K Zondo
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10.00 pm There we have it. The trophy is being passed around to most of the South African players as they pile up for the photos (Steyn and Morkel have arrived, by the way). India were due to try a few things – Rahane as opener, Raina at No. 3 and Amit Mishra as a second spinner and Stuart Binny as the allrounder. Could have been very interesting to see that. But oh well. Thank you for all your company and comments. Good night.
Faf du Plessis, the South African T20 captain, comes up to collect the series Trophy. “Disappointing, the rain played a huge role today. The players safety is quite important on such a long tour. I think its really important to acknowledge how hard it is to come to India and win a series. We will take a lot of confidence going into the ODIs. Saying that India will be fresh, they would want to set the recor straight. We need to be wary. We are very fortunate to have great leaderse in our team. Myself, Hashim and AB work really well together. We rely heavily on each other. JP did really well. Kagiso was fantastic as well, especially in the second game. The standout for me were the four seamers. I think in the first game, they got off to a great start, we pulled it back and then JP took over. But in the second game, to bowl India out for 90-odd, that doesn’t happen a lot.”
JP Duminy is the Man of the Series: “Very happy. Unfortunately we didn’t get a game today. Would have been nice to have gotten another game under the belt. If someone had to give us 2-0, we would have taken it. Its always a tough series to play in India against India. Going to be a good five-match ODI series, Very exciting and we are definitely looking forward to it”
Big roar for MS Dhoni as he comes up for a chat at the presentation. “We wanted to make a few changes in the side. Wanted to change the batting order. It’s sad that we were not able to play. This is one venue where you really want to play. Don’t want to come here and then not play a game. Three changes, we were planning to make: Jinks was supposed to open, Raina to bat at No. 3 and Mishra would’ve played. Binny would’ve played too. See what really would have been best for us. Played here a lot, for the outfield to change a lot, I knew it wouldn’t change. There was no sun. The rain was a lot too, even if it was only an hour. The ODIs will be good, again a lot will depend on the kind of venues and the toss as well. Kanpur being one of them. Dew is always a factor, once you play after Septemper. We would like to play the surface that is provided to us. But at the same time, we want to make the most of the home series. Don’t want a lot of grass cover, difficult for the spinners with dew as well. ”
9.30 pm Bad news, people. The game has been called off. We haven’t had any rain since at least 6 pm, possibly before that even. Eden Gardens had at least three super soppers in action. And yet… Well, at least it was a dead rubber. South Africa take the series 2-0 and move to fifth in the ICC T20 rankings. India slip two places to sixth.
So not a ball bowled. The broadcast says the showers that have caused the damage to the ground happened at 2-2.30 pm local time. But the umpires have ruled the outfield had not dried sufficiently enough for play to go on. They reported to Chris Broad, the match referee, and the decision was taken thereafter. It must sting that no cricket was possible despite such a long period of dry weather. Let’s not forget that this is where the World T20 final will be held in March next year. Won’t do well to have this happening again.
chotu: “I feel for the ground staff who have worked their hearts out for 3 and half hours for the play to happen and it has been called off. Sadly, the work will also not be appreciated. ”
Aravind: “Instead of covering 50% of the ground they should cover full ground which is possible. By this way they can start the game quickly after rain.”
Cole: “The authorities should get a mouthful for this. They got more than six hours to clear the grounds. if this is their efficiency, then the T20 Worlds should go to Saudi Arabia.”
9.15 pm Shahul is among the resigned
few many : “we can go ahead with Super over ” but there remains a little bit of hope.
Ryan: “Someday, in near future, I wish science to go so far that we can schedule cricket matches at venues with 0% possibility of rain.”
8.25 pm The umpires have made their way back out. They’ll have to make sure the ground is fit to play, especially the edges near the boundary which are normally not protected, and where fielders often have to dive around.
8.10 pm Into losing-overs territory now, and Sathyanarayanan says: “If India ends up batting first on a 12-15 over game, I dont see them posting big score with no ‘X’ Factor in the team” — I remember Raina going mad in an IPL game once. Hit 80-odd off 30-odd balls. Maybe Dhoni will put his don’t think, just hit policy to work too. Former India bowler Ajit Agarkar picked the two of them as the ones to watch.
Senthil : “Despite no rain for 3 hours and with 3 super soppers we can’t have a 2 hour delayed match. I m not impressed and this can’t be called world class” —- Hey, things happen. Work is underway. And it isn’t often that a T20 game in India is called off without a ball being bowled.