The Indian group underwent a significant change after the last time India and South Africa played a T20I at the Barabati Stadium but the results were the same. India hitters battled a lot on the field that favored the Pacers. Apart from the Ishan Kishan's initial surge (34 off 21), Indian batters could not put up decent numbers they bleed wicket until Dinesh Karthik's late cameo with 30 not out from 21 helped the side to 148/6 out of 20 overs.
Just like in 2015 the hosts once more lost to Proteas eventually. Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave India a good start by disposing of Reeza Hendricks and Dwaine Pretorius and later picked up the wickets of Rassie van der Dussen and Parnell. However Heinrich Klaasen kept the side in pursuit, he crushed 81runs from 46 balls, with five sixes and seven fours and South Africa returned home serenely, beating India by four wickets.