Capetown: India survived a late onslaught by debutant Christiaan Jonker and edged South Africa by seven runs to win the third T20I in Cape Town on Saturday to clinch the series 2-1.
Jonker scored 49 off 24 balls to almost snatch victory from India, who, after posting 172/7, looked on course for an easy win by limiting the hosts to 52/2 in 10 overs. But skipper JP Duminy (55 off 41) and then Jonker almost took SA home before Bhuvneshwar defended the 19 runs they needed to win off the last six balls.
Bhuvneshwar finished with best figures of 2/24, while Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Hardik Pandya and Suresh Raina took one wicket each.
The match came alive in the last seven overs as Duminy and Jonker took the battle to the Indian bowlers. The hosts were struggling at 79/3 after 13 overs when the duo decided to change gears with a 30-run stand that came off just three overs.
India failed to capitalise on the start as the middle order found it difficult to get going. Pandya (21) tried his best before he was sent back by Chris Morris while MS Dhoni (12) looked out of sorts in his short stay at the crease. Dinesh Karthik (13 off 6) got going almost immediately with a couple of boundaries and his late blitz with the bat helped India reach 172 for 7 at the end of 20 overs.