An unbeaten hundred by the Indian Captain answered all the criticism about his fitness in the third ODI against South Africa on Wednesday. He scored 160 runs with consistent 1s and 2s and played the Captain Innings in this match. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav ‘s performance was no less than the previous two one-dayers.
As the competent trio of the South African team De Villiers, Du Plessis and De Kock are away from this match, the South Africans dangled to chase the target from the beginning. Duminy and Aiden Markram tried to rebuild the innings by their second wicket partnership but failed to do so because of Kuldeep’s spin attack in the 17th over.
The first man to depart from the Safaris was Hashim Amla in the hands of Bumrah. Markram was dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav at the score of 32 runs. Markram and Duminy made the best partnership of the innings, 78 runs. Then, Duminy got dismissed by Chahal leaving the South Africans in trouble with 95 runs off 4 wickets from the score of 79 runs off 1 wicket.
Khaya Zondo and David Miller tried to build the stand before Bumrah succeeded in dismissing Miller. Chris Morris could not help the team out and departed when the team’s score was 150 runs in the hands of Kuldeep Yadav. The Indian spinners succeeded in winding up the host’s team for 179 runs in 40 overs.
Earlier in the Indian Innings, Kohli was given life from dismissal by Rabada. The medium pacer Phehlukwayo, newcomer Ngidi, and Tabriz Shamsi failed to break the partnership of Kohli and Dhawan. The Indian captain did a slow start while Dhawan was hitting boundaries on his wish. Kohli gave consistent support to his partner by 1s and 2s before Duminy parted the duo’s 140 run partnership for the second wicket.
After that, Ajinkya Rahane and Hardik Pandya departed one by one with a low score but Dhoni did his best to give the stand to the Captain to finish his 34th ODI century. But Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav fell within short period making the chances of India to score 300 runs void.
But the tail-ender Bhuwaneswar Kumar did a consistent performance to support Kohli to make the scoreboard reach 303 runs for 6 wickets in 50 overs. After Kohli, Dhawan stood as the second highest scorer of this match for Indian team with 76 runs.
At last, India succeeded in recording a hat-trick victory against the South Africans in the six ODI series by beating the Safaris by 124 runs.
Bowling: JP Duminy- 2/60, Kuldeep Yadav-4/23, Yuzwendra Chahal-4/46