Team India continued their dominant run in the ODI series against the Proteas and yet again registered a comprehensive victory by 124 runs to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the six-match series.

For yet another, it was Team India skipper Virat Kohli who smashed yet another ODI century which allowed the visitors to set a big total of 303/6 at the end of their allotted 50 overs.

It was Proteas skipper Aiden Markram who won the toss and put the visitors in for batting. Rohit Sharma yet again fell early on, but it was Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli who put on an outstanding stand which put the hosts on the backfoot. The duo executed some terrific shots to perfection and never let the run rate go down.

Kohli started off his innings in a relatively slow manner but went on to smash an unbeaten 160 which will surely rank, as one of his most special innings. Dhawan, on the other hand, smashed 12 fours en route to his 76 which was studded with 12 hits to the fence.

Virat Kohli
India’s Virat Kohli (L) celebrates his century during the One Day International (ODI) cricket match between India and South Africa, at Newland Stadium, on February 7, 2018, in Cape Town. / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

India lost a couple of quick wickets after the fall of Dhawan, but Kohli made sure India was not never in any discomfort, as he kept smashing boundaries at will. He made sure India reached a competitive total of 303 on the board.

Hardik Pandya was promoted up the order, but it didn’t prove dividend as he got dismissed after smashing a solitary six. The Indian pace brigade comprising of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar yet again made early inroads, as Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Hashim Amla pretty cheaply to bring South Africa’s downfall.

Once again it was the wrist spinners who spun magic around the South African batter, as Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shared eight wickets between them. For yet another time the Proteas was not able to read their variations and were skittled out for a paltry 179 runs to hand India a 3-0 lead in the series.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Brief Scores 

India 303/6 in 50 overs (Virat Kohli 160*, JP Duminy 2/60)

South Africa 179 all out in 40 overs (JP Duminy 51, Kuldeep Yadav 4/23, Yuzvendra Chahal 4/46)

India won by 124 runs

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