Statistical preview for the 3rd South Africa-India T20I
The culmination of an arduous Team India tour of South Africa is finally here, with the final game of their sojourn set to be played out in Cape Town. The Men in Blue have managed to hit back in style after having stumbled to two consecutive losses in the first two Tests, but the hosts, having seen themselves suffer a 5-1 scoreline in ODIs, managed to pull one back in the previous T20I, forcing the series to end in a decider.
The last game has a number of impending milestones in store. Here are the important numbers ahead of the Newlands clash:
# India’s run of five wins in a row has come to an end after South Africa’s victory in the 2nd T20I; the winner of this match will win the series 2-1.
# The Proteas have stumbled to a defeat in five of their last six T20 Internationals at Newlands in Cape Town: India are set for their maiden T20I game at the venue.
# South Africa achieved victory in the previous encounter with India, winning by six wickets on that occasion; the Proteas have won seven of their last nine T20I matches when chasing.
# Virat Kohli is only 17 runs short of becoming only the third batsman ever to reach 2000 in T20 Internationals; he currently has the highest average of anyone to register 15+ knocks in the format (50.8).
# David Miller is set to play his 50th T20I innings for South Africa; he’s failed to reach double figures in six of his last eight knocks for the hosts, although he did score an unbeaten century during that time.
In a total of 59 T20Is, Miller has scored 1046 runs at an average of 29.05, with a strike-rate of 141.
# MS Dhoni is one short of claiming 50 catches in T20Is, with West Indies' Denesh Ramdin and South Africa's Quinton de Kock following him on the list with 32 catches and 30 catches each.
# Dhoni is three behind Kamran Akmal in the list of overall stumpings in T20Is: compared to Kamran Akmal's tally of 32, Dhoni has 29 to his name.
Statistical inputs by Opta