Ind vs SA: Ruturaj Gaikwad survives Anrich Nortje’s nasty bouncer, smashes maiden fifty in 3rd T20I

After surviving Anrich Nortje’s nasty bouncer in the Powerplay, Indian opener Ruturaj Gaikwad managed to score his maiden half-century in the 3rd T20I between Team India and South Africa

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  • India locked horns with South Africa in the 3rd T20I on Tuesday.
  • Indian opener Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed 5 fours in Anrich Nortje’s first over.
  • Gaikwad smashed his maiden half-century in India’s must-win clash.
Speed ​​merchant Anrich Nortje was breathing fire in the first Powerplay of the action-packed 3rd T20I between Rishabh Pant-led Team India and South Africa on Tuesday. The Delhi Capitals (DC) pacer was on a mission to unnerve the newly established Indian opening pair of Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad in the third encounter of the five-match bilateral series at the Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.

One of Nortje’s fiery deliveries almost knocked off Gaikwad’s helmet during India’s must-win clash at Vizag. The nasty delivery hit the grill of the helmet when Ruturaj attempted to cut the ball over the wicket-keeper by bending his knees. The Indian opener also received a mandatory check from the physio after the incident. Opener Ruturaj managed to strike five boundaries in Nortje’s first over of the innings.

Talking about the match, Indian opener Ruturaj played a gem of a knock in the 3rd T20I between India and the Proteas. Joining forces with an on-song Kishan, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star smashed his maiden half-century for Team India. Gaikwad completed his maiden half-century in the 8th over of India’s innings. Gaikwad struck seven fours and smashed 2 sixes in his entertaining knock of 57 off 35 balls.

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Openers Gaikwad and Kishan managed to stitch a 97-run stand in the first 10 overs of India’s innings. Riding on Gaikwad and Kishan’s half-centuries, Rishabh Pant-led Team India managed to score 179-5 in the 20-over contest. “I think it is kind of a tricky wicket to start with. Bit of extra bounce was there, the slower ones were holding. We have seen so far in this series… as the game has progressed it is getting better. It will get better but I think 180 is a good target. 10-15 runs short but I think we can bowl well on this wicket. Their spinners bowled slightly on the slower side, so the message was to bowl slower. It is tough to hit the fast bowlers if they bowl hard lengths,” Gaikwad said during the innings break.

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