Continuing their red-hot form in South Africa, India crushed the hosts by 124 runs in the third One-Day International on Wednesday (February 7) to take an unassailable three nil lead in the six-match series. After Virat Kohli’s stunning ton helped India post a massive total, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal ran through the South African lineup up to help the Men in Blue register a comprehensive victory.
Chasing 304, South Africa were off to a disastrous start with their most experienced batsman Hashim Amla departing for just 1. It was followed by a promising 78-run stand between Aiden Markram and JP Duminy before India’s in-form wrist-spinners once again derailed the Proteas’ innings. Kuldeep Yadav broke the stand by accounting for Markram before Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Duminy and Heinrich Klaasen in quick succession to reduce the hosts to 95 for 4 from 79 for 1.
David Miller and Khaya Zondo then tried to revive the chase but the fight did not last long as they could add only 34 runs. The stand was broken when Jasprit Bumrah had Miller caught behind the stumps. South Africa’s chances were further dented by Zondo’s slow innings as he was scoring at a strike-rate of just over 40 when his side needed more than 10 runs per over. Chahal and Kuldeep then all but sealed the Proteas’ hopes by dismissing Zondo and Chris Morris respectively to leave the hosts reeling at 150 for 7.
The lower-order could not delay the inevitable for long as South Africa were folded up for 179. Chahal and Kuldeep picked up four wickets each.
Earlier in the day, another masterclass from Virat Kohli had propelled India to a massive 303 for 6 in the allotted 50 overs. Sent in to bat first, India were off to a poor start once again as out-of-form Rohit Sharma departed for a duck in the very first over. 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.
The partnership came to an end when JP Duminy dismissed Dhawan for 76 against the run of play. 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. He went on to remain till the end, scoring a magnificent 160 off 159 balls to guide the team to a big total
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:
Dominating the ODIs is our #TeamIndia!
Congrats @imkuldeep18 and @yuzi_chahal on once again bamboozling the batsmen. Brilliant work. @msdhoni bhai congrats on crossing 400 dismissals in ODI cricket! 🧤 🧤 👍👌🇮🇳👌✌️
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) February 7, 2018
— Hemant (@hemantbuch) February 7, 2018
I can understand how angry South Africans must be for giving wickets to a guy like Chahal. Remember how we felt with Russel Arnold celebrations against us? #SAvsIndia
— GoanPatiala (@TheGoanPatiala) February 7, 2018
Smart from Zondo. Playing for the close of play. Begin again tomorrow. #SAvIND
— Nick Sturdee (@nicsturdee) February 7, 2018
Well, so it wasn't all about the surfaces in India right? Spin is clearly SA's Achilles heel even at home. #IndvSA
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) February 7, 2018
— cricBC (@cricBC) February 7, 2018
— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) February 7, 2018
— Kaptaan Kohli (@siedry_) February 7, 2018
When someone said Pandya is next Kapil Dev. pic.twitter.com/E16cflti0E
— Kuptaan🇮🇳 (@Kuptaan) February 7, 2018
South Africa should not be allowed to play without AB
— Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) February 7, 2018
— Rashi Kakkar (@rashi_kakkar) February 7, 2018
MS Dhoni now has 400 dismissals in ODIs. They only person who can break this record is Shivraj Singh Chouhan. #SAvIND
— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) February 7, 2018
Virat Kohli is just Sachin Tendulkar in a rush. #SAvIND
— Sand-d Singh (@Sand_In_Deed) February 7, 2018
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) February 7, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 7, 2018
Unstoppable. Kohli is scoring centuries like he's turning pages in a book.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 7, 2018
When someone ask #Kohli "Why you score century everytime?"
Virat Kohli : pic.twitter.com/T33QCpu4KE
— Rohit Sharma (@imWrong45) February 7, 2018
— Mr.ஒற்றன் (@Th_RobOt) February 7, 2018