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SA vs IND 2018, 3rd ODI: Twitter Explodes as Virat Kohli’s 34th ODI Ton Guides India to Big Total

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli scored his 34th ODI ton during the Cape Town game against South Africa.

In-form Virat Kohli scored his third century of the tour and the second in the ongoing series as India posted a massive 303 for 6 in the ongoing third One-Day International against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town.

Sent in to bat first, India were off to a start which did not surprise many. The openers failed to stitch together a good stand as out-of-form Rohit Sharma departed for a duck in the very first over. The right-handed batsman, who has failed to get going, perished after edging a Kagiso Rabada delivery behind the stumps. India, however, quickly recovered from the setback and soon took command of the proceedings courtesy of a big 140-run stand between Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.

Dhawan scored 76 (Credits: BCCI)

The partnership was looking unbreakable before Dhawan was dismissed by part-timer JP Duminy against the run of play. The southpaw miscued a shot while trying to clear the infield by stepping out, thus missing a deserved century by 24 runs.

Dhawan’s departure helped the Proteas claw their way back in the game as they dismissed Ajinkya Rahane and Hardik Pandya cheaply to reduce the visitors to 188 for 4 from 140 for 1. But while the wickets were falling from one end, Kohli held firm from anther and reached his 34th century off 119 balls.

Wickets, meanwhile, kept on falling from the other end. The reliable MS Dhoni also failed to complement his skipper from the other, falling while trying to up the ante after managing just 10 off 21 balls while Kedar Jadhav also departed without bothering the scorer much as India found themselves reduced to 236 for 6.

Kohli kept on going strong from one end and was well supported by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The India skipper reached his 150 in the last over of the innings and finished on 160 to guide the team to a mammoth total.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the innings:

 

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