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SAvIND: Virat Kohli’s 160 & bowlers help Team India to take a 3-0 lead

The Indian domination continued in the 3rd One day international crushing South Africa by 124 runs at Newlands, Cape Town just finished a few moments ago. South African captain Aiden Markram won the toss and elected to field.

Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan added 140 runs for the second wicket. Despite losing wickets, Kohli played a captain’s knocking helping Men in Blue to post the score over 300. While chasing, only JP Duminy and Markram only contributed. Again the Indian spinners took wickets, bowling out South Africa for 179.

South African captain Aiden Markram won the toss and invited India into bat. India lost an early wicket of Rohit Sharma in the very first over itself. The Indian captain Virat Kohli survived LBW shout which was given not out on review. Shikhar Dhawan and captain Kohli played with positive intent scoring 50 runs in the first 10 overs.

Both Indian batsmen showed their class taking singles and hitting bad balls away for boundaries. Dhawan completed his fifty off 42 balls while Kohli took 64 balls to reach his half-century. The hard-hitting batsman Dhawan was dismissed for 76 runs, putting on 140 runs for the second wicket with captain Kohli.

India lost wickets of Ajiyanka Rahane and Hardik Pandya in quick succession. Captain Kohli was firm at the other end and reached his 34th ODI century off 119 balls. MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav could not contribute much. Kohli then took charge while Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave him support. Both Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar added 67 runs for the 7th wicket. Captain Kohli reached his 150 off 157 balls, remaining not out on 160 off 159 balls.

Chasing the target of 304, Jasprit Bumrah struck early dismissing Hashim Amla. Captain Markram and JP Duminy played with positive intent. At the end of 10 overs, South Africa scored 48 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. Both batsmen took singles and put pressure on Indian bowlers. When things were looking good for South Africa, Kuldeep Yadav dismissed South African captain Aiden Markram ending a steady 78 runs partnership for the 2nd wicket.

It was a great achievement for MS Dhoni who became the fourth wicketkeeper with 400 dismissals in ODI cricket. JP Duminy reached his fifty off 59 balls. South Africa lost wickets of debutant Klassen and well set Duminy in quick succession. David Miller and Khaya Zondo struggled against the Indian spin twins. The South African batsmen could not pick India’s wrist spinners as hosts were bowled out for 179 in 40 overs.

India 303 for 6 in 50 overs ( Virat Kohli 160*, Shikhar Dhawan 76, Duminy 2/60) beat

South Africa 179 in 40 overs ( JP Duminy 51, Markram 32, Yuzvendra Chahal 4/46, Kuldeep Yadav 4/23) by 124 runs.

Captain and Man of the match Virat Kohli said: It was nice to contribute to the team in a winning cause. The pitch changed after the 30th over and changed our target from 330 to 280-290. My partnership with Bhuvneshwar Kumar was important. The intensity will be more in the fourth game and would want to play with more positive attitude.

South African captain Aiden Markram said: Again it was a poor performance by our batsmen. The way our bowlers restricted India to 303 was decent enough. Their spinners performed well again and struggled to pick them again. With AB de Villiers coming back in the 4th ODI, we will try to come back with a better performance.

With this win, India takes a 3-0 lead in the series and cannot lose the series. The 4th ODI match will be played at Johannesburg on 10th February.