South Africa produced an outstanding comeback to end the series 1-1 beating India by nine wickets at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Newly appointed Proteas skipper Quinton de Kock, who led the team from the front seemed happy with the intensity shown by his players.

India struggled to get going in Bengaluru after skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. Apart from Shikhar Dhawan (36 from 25 balls), nobody looked to get the hang off the surface, which is dry and slow.

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The Indian team threw their wickets away but the credit goes to South African bowlers for hitting the right areas. Beuran Hendricks was the pick of the bowlers who returned with two for 14 after Kagiso Rabada made a wayward start. The home side just couldn’t get going and could only manage 134 runs from their 20 overs.

Quinton de Kock (R) and Temba Bavuma. Credit: BCCI

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During the chase, South Africa paced their innings with the newly-appointed skipper Quinton de Kock leading their team from the front. He along with Reeza Hendricks added 76 runs for the first wicket to set up the tone for the chase. De Kock remained unbeaten on 79 to take his side home with nine wickets in hand and 19 balls to spare.

Quinton de Kock seemed happy with his boys how they made a superb comeback after going 1-0 down in the series. The Proteas skipper also looks happy with the hunger the cricketers have shown to bounce back and level the series.

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“I think we kept it nice and simple with the bowl, hitting the good length. Beuran came in and bowled really well, he read the situation right tonight. We fixed one of two things quickly with the ball from the last game, for them to act to quickly was a positive for me. The intensity and the fielding parts are also things that really impressed me. As long as the boys are hungry, I am perfectly happy with that,” de Kock said after the game.

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