The six-match ODI series is now heavier on India’s side, the team leading with an abrupt 3-0 after the third match. The consecutive victories of India have increased the possibilities of a complete series thrashing against South Africa. On the other hand, India skipper Virat Kohli seems to be getting stronger after each match, right since the Test series. In the latest ODI win the player knocked his second century in the series. This knock of an unbeaten 160 was the prime push way forward to the 300 plus score. Shikhar Dhawan smashed 76, as the next biggest score of the inning. Finally, with wrist-spin might, India bowlers run over South Africa for the 124-runs win.
South Africa started the match with a triumphant wicket of Rohit Sharma. The batsman ducked out at the last ball of the day’s first over. However, the host had to wait for 22 overs to celebrate the next wicket. Kohli and Dhawan forged the second wicket partnership of 140 runs, taking away a chunk of fervor away from bowlers. The remaining enthusiasm dried up gradually as they could do nothing but bowl to feed Kohli’s aggression. A disarrangement in South Africa’s bowling was apparent, even if the team decided to bowl first.
In his 159-ball-160, skipper Virat Kohli knocked 12 fours and 2 sixes. The player coincided to singles and doubles more between the 20th and 40th over, but South Africa’s disappointments to remove him from the crease did the hefty job for India. Still, they kept on attacking the other end taking wickets in regular intervals. Finally, the score of 303 for 6 came up as the middle order played with a good strike rate.
The chase was typically sluggish as Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal spearheaded the defense. Jasprit Bumrah started the wobble in the second over taking down Hashim Amla. The second wicket partnership between Aiden Markram and JP Duminy lasted for 15 overs, but the required momentum was absent. The next attack slogged the chase from 79 for 1 to 95 for 4 in less than six overs. In the middle order, David Miller, Chris Morris and K Zondo played for some reprisal, but none could sustain for long. Both Chahal and Yadav took down 4 wickets each, finally shortening the chase of 304 at 179 all out.
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