A Virat Kohli and spin inspired India have beaten the South African side by 124 runs in the 3rd ODI to make sure that they can’t loose the series in the six match extravaganza.
It was Indian captain Virat Kohli again who stood up and scored his 34th ODI hundred at the Newlands. The visitors had lost Rohit Sharma early, but Dhawan and Kohli took India to a decent platform and the run machine unleashed from there. Kohli’s magnificent unbeaten 160 helped the men in Blue to put a score of 303 after their full quota of overs. It is also Kohli’s 12th ODI hundred as captain on his 46th match, which itself is an unbelievable record.
Kohli celebrates after his hundred
Chasing the target, the South Africans were bamboozled yet again by the two young Indian wrist spinners, as Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav cause havoc in the Proteas batting. The newly appointed captain Aiden Markram and Jean Paul Duminy steered the ship after Amla’s early dismissal, but the moment Markram was stumped in Kyldeep’s bowling, the South African innings fell apart. Miller and Zondo had starts but Indian spinning duo suffocated the home side to register another colossal victory.
Kuldeep ended up with career best 4 for 23 in his 9 overs while Chahal also took 4 wickets but was a touch expensive. The win means India now have taken a 3-0 lead in the 6 match ODI series.
It’s been amazing to see two of these young talents dominate in the overseas conditions, and both of them have been extremely brave and have used their artillery with proper execution. Virat Kohli was also over the moon by the success of the new spinning pair. He said, “I don’t have words to explain this. Credit to them. Both have been working hard on their game. Both are very brave in terms of how they bowl and the kind of fields they want as well. They are very brave tossing the ball and asking the batsman to come out and play a risky shot. Hats off to them but the other debate is a bit away from now. You never know what happens in the future but I am really happy at the moment.”