South Africa bounced off the blocks in style as they thrashed India by nine wickets to finish the series 1-1 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Quinton de Kock remained unbeaten on 79 runs to chase down the target convincingly with 19 balls to spare.

Chasing a moderate total set by India, South Africa got off to a flying start courtesy Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks. The newly-appointed Proteas skipper once again led the team from the front with another masterclass in Bengaluru.

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Quinton de Kock. Credit: BCCI

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They added 76 runs for the first wicket in the halfway stage to set the perfect platform for the run chase. Although Hardik Pandya got Hendricks out from the first delivery of his spell, De Kock kept going against the India bowlers to chase down the target convincingly with nine wickets remaining. In the process, he also brought his 1000 T20I runs.

Previously, India skipper Virat Kohli wanted to challenge his team and thus opted to bat first in a chasing paradise of Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Apart from Shikhar Dhawan nobody looked to get a hang of the surface, which is dry and slow. They kept playing their shots and throwing their wickets away but credit to South Africa who pulled things back after a wayward start from Kagiso Rabada.

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South Africa players celebrate a wicket. Credit: BCCI

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The Proteas bowlers got the measure of the surface and bowled accordingly to it. The Indian batsmen just could not get going and even with the long tail, they could register only 134. Beuran Hendricks was the pick of the bowlers and he is talking about the conditions and his spell.

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