When Avesh Khan was getting set for his responsibilities at the death, South Africa’s chase was about to start the 15th over, with the visitors still needing 85 to win the series.

Rishabh Pant had done an outstanding job controlling his bowling resources up to that moment, as his team was challenged with defending a score for the third time in the series, with the added pressure of survival hanging over their heads. Heinrich Klaasen, India’s principal tormentor from only two nights ago, was still on the loose, expecting to bother them once again and therefore make the final two matchups worthless.

Until a last-minute alteration brought Klaasen back into contact with Chahal, the figures from Sunday backed up Pant’s original judgment. Until Tuesday night in Visakhapatnam, the South African had scored 74 runs in T20s off just 28 balls against Chahal. In the Cuttack match, thirty of them were blasted off 13 balls. The massive South Africans had game-changing tendencies, something India couldn’t afford at the time. On Tuesday, though, Klaasen met a different Chahal. Not the Chahal who bowled fairly predictable lengths and speeds in the two losses, but the dependably flexible Chahal who just won the purple cap for his versatility in lengths and speeds, as well as overall bowling smarts.

In the seventh and ninth overs, Klaasen faced Chahal’s opening three balls, which were all rapid, flat, and with little wiggle area for a massive heave. When the two faced up in the 15th over, Chahal stretched the length longer and maintained his pace closer to 90kmph, allowing him to only select a single. Chahal altered his tone on the fifth ball of the same over, with Klaasen and South Africa reeking of desperation for fast runs. He fired out a full and wide leg spinner that enticed Klaasen into mistiming his huge shot, which just reached the extra cover fielder.