India won the toss and chose to bat with Shikhar Dhawan giving India a good start. However, South Africa fought back in the middle overs with Rohit Sharma falling cheaply and Virat Kohli falling to Kagiso Rabada. Beuran Hendricks picked up two wickets and Rabada bowled brilliantly in the death overs as South Africa restricted India to 134/9. In response, Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks stitched a solid stand and the South Africa skipper led from the front with a brilliant 79, his second consecutive fifty in the series. Temba Bavuma also batted brilliantly as South Africa won the match by nine wickets.
22:04 hrs IST: With a big six, Bavuma seals the deal and South Africa have won by nine wickets and leveled the series 1-1. Commanding performance from South Africa who will have something to smile for.
21:57 hrs IST: De Kock blasts a four and a six off Krunal Pandya as South Africa near a win. After 15 overs, South Africa are 127/1.
21:54 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja bowls a good first over but it could be a bit too late. He beats Bavuma with the spin twice and the batsman almost chips a flighted delivery to cover. After 14 overs, South Africa are 114/1.
21:48 hrs IST: South Africa are in a hurry to finish this match. De Kock mauls Pandya for a big six over deep midwicket and follows it up by hammering an insiden out drive over extra cover for a one bounce boundary. After 13 overs, South Africa are 109/1
21:45 hrs IST: Two consecutive fours by Temba Bavuma off Navdeep Saini as the bowler continues to have a tough match. After 12 overs, South Africa are 96/1.
21:40 hrs IST: Quinton de Kock hammers two fours off Hardik Pandya and he notches up his fourth fifty in Twenty20 Internationals and his second consecutive in this series. South Africa are 86/1 after 11 overs.
21:36 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally, India have a wicket. Hardik Pandya bangs a short ball and Hendricks mistimes the pull to be caught at midwicket. South Africa are 76/1 after 10.1 overs.
21:32 hrs IST: De Kock blasts a six off Washington Sundar as he nears his fifty and South Africa are 70/0 after nine overs.
21:26 hrs IST: India have used their review and when De Kock misses a sweep, the umpire does not give it out and replays show that he was a goner. After eight overs, South Africa are 60/0.
21:21 hrs IST: Another boundary by Reeza Hendricks off Washington Sundar and South Africa are 49/0 after seven overs. India need a wicket desperately.
21:11 hrs IST: Two massive sixes by Quinton de Kock off Navdeep Saini and South Africa are 34/0 after five overs.
21:05 hrs IST: Deepak Chahar bowls well but his figures are ruined with Reeza Hendricks hitting a boundary. South Africa are 19/0 after four overs.
20:56 hrs IST: Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar open the bowling for India. Chahar is getting some swing and he is troubling the batsmen here. After two overs, South Africa are 7/0.
20:38 hrs IST: India have ended on 134/9. Good from South Africa's bowlers and India will have to put up a similar disciplined performance.
20:34 hrs IST: WICKET! Washington Sundar finds the boundary and in an attempt to get Pandya back on strike, he is run-out. Can India cross 140. No, they can't as Hardik Pandya holes out to David Miller. India are 133/9 with one ball to go.
20:30 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadeja's cameo has come to an end. Full ball outside off and Jadeja miscues the lofted shot high to the leg side, Rabada runs and takes the catch at square leg. India are 127/7 in the 20th over.
20:29 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya crunches a four off Andile Phehlukwayo and India are 127/6 after 19 overs. Can they reach 140?
20:24 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja clubs a six off Rabada and India are 118/6 after 18 overs.
20:20 hrs IST: Brilliant spell from Beuran Hendricks comes to an end. He finishes with 4-0-14-2 and India are 109/6 after 17 overs.
20:15 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja gets a boundary and India go past 100. After 16 overs, India are 104/6.
20:08 hrs IST: WICKET! India are slipping up big time. Back of a length scrambled seam outside off, Krunal Pandya looks to run it down to third man but edges it to Quinton de Kock. India are 98/6 in the 15th over.
20:07 hrs IST: Shamsi finishes his spell: 4-0-23-1. India are 97/5 in 14 overs. The Pandya brothers need to step up here.
20:00 hrs IST: WICKET! Fortuin gets his second wicket in the over. Iyer dances down the track and misses a quicker ball, De Kock whips the bails off in a flash. India are 92/5 in the 13th over.
19:58 hrs IST: WICKET! Once again, it is a poor shot from Pant. The left-hander tries to loft Fortuin over long off but he miscues it and holes out. India are 90/4 after 12.4 overs.
19:54 hrs IST: Brilliant shot from Pant. Dwaine Pretorius bowls a full ball on leg stump and Pant scoops it over fine leg for his first six. India are 87/3 after 12 overs.
19:50 hrs IST: Good over from Andile Phehlukwayo and only three runs come in the over. India are 79/3 after 11 overs.
19:45 hrs IST: Tabraiz Shamsi bowls a tight over as Pant and Iyer look to steady India. This is a vital stand not just in the game but for the future of these two guys. India are 76/3 after 10 overs.
19:39 hrs IST: WICKET! Rabada has his revenge and Kohli attempts the same shot that brought him glory in Mohali but it leads to failure in Bangalore. Length ball on the pads, perhaps a tad of extra bounce, Kohli whips the flick but is caught at deep midwicket. India are 68/3 after 8.3 overs.
19:33 hrs IST: WICKET! Poor shot from Dhawan and Shamsi gets his man. Flighted delivery and it spins away outside off, Dhawan attempted the slog across the line but gets a big top edge that is taken at the edge of the circle at cover by Bavuna. India are 63/2 in 7.2 overs.
19:31 hrs IST: Dhawan continues to target the South Africa bowling as he launches Bjorn Fortuin to the fine leg fence but the bowler puts down a tough chance of Kohli and almost misses out on a chance. After seven overrs, India are 62/1.
19:25 hrs IST: Score after 6 overs: IND 54-1; Kohli 3(8) Dhawan 30(20)
19:22 hrs IST: Six... and another one follows. Shikhar Dhawan has something else in his mind today. Shamsi got the taste of Dhawan's cruel intentions on the very first ball of his spell.
19:16 hrs IST: Back to back boundaries from Shikhar Dhawan. 11 runs off Phehlukwayo's first over. India are 35/1 after 4 overs.
19:11 hrs IST: India are 24/1 after 3 overs. Kohli 1(3) Dhawan 6(7)
19:09 hrs IST: Out! Rohit Sharma has to go. Hendricks provides South Africa an early breakthrough. Walks out the captain Kohli and Chinnaswamy acknowledges it.
19:08 hrs IST: Beuran Hendricks, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack.
19:07 hrs IST: Rabada balls three wides in a row and then Rohit hit him for back to back fours. Disastrous start for South Africa's leading pacer.
19:01 hrs IST: Bjorn Fortuin opens the bowling and he concedes a boundary first ball as Shikhar Dhawan pounces on a short ball and it goes to the fine leg fence. Both Dhawan and Rohit Sharma survive LBW appeals as India are 5/0 after the first over.
18:33 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the sides
India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Washington Sundar, 10 Deepak Chahar, 11 Navdeep Saini
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (capt & wk), 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Temba Bavuma, 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 David Miller, 6 Andile Phehlukwayo, 7 Dwaine Pretorius, 8 Bjorn Fortuin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Beuran Hendricks, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi
18:31 hrs IST: India have won the toss and they will bat. Virat Kohli's side are unchanged. For South Africa, Beuran Hendricks replaces Anrich Nortje
18:17 hrs IST: The pitch is brown and it is flat. Expect some plenty of runs.
18:01 hrs IST: Live visuals from the venue show that it is cloudy but currently no rain. If the weather remains fine, expect sixes galore at a venue where the boundaries are very small.
17:57 hrs IST: The South Africans will be aiming to make a big statement in Bangalore with some players having had experience playing here. Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada have played a lot at the M Chinnaswamy stadium and their inputs will be the key if South Africa are to level the series.
17:40 hrs IST: The weather in Bangalore is not looking too promising. There are showers forecast for the evening but one would be hoping that it stays away. The drainage system at the venue is top notch and when the rain stops, the ground will be fit to play within 15-20 minutes.
17:29 hrs IST: Hello and a warm welcome to the third and final Twenty20 International between India and South Africa from the M Chinnaswamy stadium. India cannot lose the series but South Africa have a chance. This is Virat Kohli's Twenty20 playground, having featured in many matches at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.