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Quinton de Kock powers SA to series-leveling win vs India

India’s captain Virat Kohli, right, and South Africa’s captain Quinton de Kock share a light moment during the presentation ceremony after the third and last T20 cricket match between India and South Africa in Bangalore, India, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. South Africa won the match by nine wickets. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

BENGALURU, India (AP) — South Africa captain Quinton de Kock hit an unbeaten 79 off 52 balls and powered his side to a series-leveling nine-wicket victory over India in their third and final Twenty20 match on Sunday.

India missed a chance to win a first-ever T20 series against South Africa on home soil after winning the toss and scoring only 134-9.

De Kock and Reeza Hendricks (28 off 26) put on a rapid 76 off 61 for the opening wicket on a friendly batting surface as South Africa went on to reach 140-1 in 16.5 overs.

Hardik Pandya (1-23) got the lone wicket for India but it didn’t deter South Africa. De Kock and Temba Bavuma (27 not out) put on 64 as the visitors romped home in style.