The hosts defeated the visitors by 48 runs in the third match to keep the series alive.

India finally performed well in the ongoing T20I series against South Africa. The hosts defeated the visitors by 48 runs in the third match to keep the series alive.

Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad stitched an opening partnership of 97 runs, which took the score to 179/5 in 20 overs.

Gaikwad accumulated 57 off 35 balls, which was his first international half-century. He is highly rated due to his performances for Chennai Super Kings. He won the Orange Cap in IPL 2022.

“He has looked really good in the last two years. He was Chennai’s highest run-scorer and is a quality player,” said South African fast bowling great Dale Steyn on ESPNCricinfo.

Steyn was bowling coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2022 and saw Gaikwad smashing 99 off 57 balls against his franchise last month.

“When you play as an opener, you generally bat against quality bowlers like Kagiso Radaba, Lockie Ferguson and others. Ruturaj Gaikwad is up for it,” he added.

Steyn said that Gaikwad is like KL Rahul. “He bats like KL Rahul. Gaikwad doesn’t look like an aggressive player.”

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