Virat Kohli smashes 160 no, India post 303

South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl first against India in the third ODI. Image Courtesy BCCI  Twitter

South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl first against India in the third ODI. Image Courtesy BCCI Twitter

The Virat Kohli-led side are 2-0 up in the series, after winning the first two matches in Durban and Centurion by six wickets and nine wickets respectively. The win also made Kohli's boys the first Indian team to win three ODIs in a bilateral series on South African soil. This is especially convenient with a batting lineup very prone to collapses and off-days, and the bowlers will be confident they can save the day if required. In pursuit of 303, South Africa folded for 124, of which opener Lizelle Lee made 73 at a strike-rate of almost 100. The India skipper came to the crease at the end of the first over after Kagiso Rabada had found the edge of Rohit Sharma's bat. All it takes is one good game to turn things around, and if some of South Africa's stars start contributing, its game on.

With 10 overs left and India on 221/4, the visitors were well set for a score over 300. India were 87 for 1 after 16 overs.

Dhawan accelerated after reaching his mark, and scored 26 runs off next 21 balls he faced. He found the boundary regularly and the only time he signalled truly aggressive intent was in lofting Imran Tahir towards the midwicket boundary. Ngidi's second spell went significantly worse than his opening one.

Maybe South Africa fielded first because India had won the first two games chasing, or because their wrist spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, might struggle in skiddy evening conditions.

While offspin is meat and drink to India's line-up, Duminy was able to toss the ball up and slow it down and it brought some results. However, this could be a blessing in disguise for South Africa with De Kock out of form in the series so far and Klaasen coming in as the highest scorer in domstic cricket. In all, 100 of his 160 came through singles, twos, and threes.

In terms of balls faced, it was the joint-slowest hundred for Kohli, after he faced 119 balls against Pakistan at Adelaide in 2015.

Today resulted in yet another resounding ODI win for India against an out-of-sorts South Africa. The wicket allowed South Africa to pull the run-rate back, with the subsequent partnerships reading 20, 28, 40 and 8 - but they couldn't get past Kohli.

The slide began with the fall of Markram, who was stumped by MS Dhoni after getting beaten by a flighted delivery from Yadav. The latest player to join the list was wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, who suffered a wrist injury in the second ODI.

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