Indian opener Ishan Kishan and South Africa chinaman spinner Tabraiz Shamsi were involved in a heated verbal exchange during the 3rd T20I on Tuesday. The spinner initiated the verbal exchange as he wasn’t impressed by Kishan’s attacking intent, who smashed him for a flat maximum a delivery ago.
On Tuesday, India and South Africa met in the 3rd game of the five T20I series at Vizag. While the Proteas entered the game with a 2-0 lead after winning the first two fixtures, it was a must-win game for the Men in Blue to stay alive in the series.
Batting first after losing the toss, Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad provided India with a flying start as both openers added 97 runs in 10 overs for the first wicket. Kishan, in particular, went after the left-arm chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi.
Ishan Kishan and Tabraiz Shamsi involve in a verbal spat
In the 9th over of the Indian innings, the left-handed southpaw smashed the spinner for a flat six. On the very next delivery, Shamsi delivered a full toss to Kishan. The batter played a perfect reverse sweep but found the fielder to perfection at the point.
Tabraiz Shamsi didn’t like Kishan’s attacking intent and spilt a few words towards the opener. To which, Ishan Kishan didn’t hold back and let loose a few himself. Thankfully, the heat didn’t escalate much and it was just a passing affair.
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Ishan Kishan continued his good form with the bat as the left-handed southpaw completed his 2nd fifty in three matches. He scored vital 54 runs off 35 deliveries, including two maximums before getting out.
In the end, India registered their maiden victory in the series after winning the game by 48 runs. The home side will now try to force a final by winning the next game as well. The 4th T20I is scheduled to be played on Friday at the SCA Stadium, Rajkot.