Cape Town [South Africa], Feb 25 (ANI): Indian bowlers, led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar held their nerves and helped India eke out a narrow seven-run win against a spirited South Africa and take the T20 series 2-1 at the Newlands here on Saturday.
But Bhuvneshwar, who had previous experiences in bowling crucial death overs, once again held the upper hand and gave away just nine runs, courtesy a boundary from Behardien.
Jonker, who showed great promise during the innings and threatened to take the game away from India, got out in the last ball of the 20th over, making a quickfire 49 off 24 balls.
Earlier, the Proteas won the toss for the third time and sent the visitors to bat first.
Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma, playing in place of regular skipper Virat Kohli, failed with the bat once again and made just 11 runs.
Thereafter, the visitors lost a cluster of wickets and huffed and puffed away to a respectable 172 for 7 in their allotted overs.
For South Africa, pacers Junior Dala scalped 3 for 35, while Morris took 2 for 43. Shamsi finished with figures of 1 for 31.
Chasing 173 runs to win the match and the series, the Proteas were off to a slow start. An in-form Reeza Hendricks was done by a knuckleball from Bhuvneshwar. Batsman David Miller started to find his touch with skipper J.P. Duminy at the other end.
But before he could hit full flow, he gifted a catch to Indian spinner Axar Patel at deep midwicket.
The asking rate was mounting at 12 runs an over when Heinrich Klassen departed for seven and South Africa were 79 for 3 after 12.5 overs.
Duminy and Jonker then started accelerating and took on the Indian bowlers for a brief while. He hit gigantic back-to-back sixes against Axar.
Duminy reached his fifty off 38 balls with a gorgeous cover drive and was going well before he top-edged a slower ball from pacer Shardul Thakur.
Thereafter, Jonker and Behardien mounted some fight and almost took the Proteas to the finishing line, but Bhuvneshwar ensured that the visitors had the last laugh.
Raina was declared the Man of the Match, while Bhuvneshwar was adjudged the Man of the Series respectively.