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17dThe Report by Firdose Moonda

Kohli, wristspinners trample South Africa again

After the India captain smashed an unbeaten 160, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shared eight wickets between them to put their side 3-0 up

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
160(159) 12x4 - 2x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 49 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
9 13 17 12 32 15 33 29
S Dhawan
76(63) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 15 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
7 9 7 12 12 4 6 19

Best performances - Bowlers

Kuldeep Yadav
O9
M1
R23
W4
Eco2.55
RHB
OFFLEG
3W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
YS Chahal
O9
M0
R46
W4
Eco5.11
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

India led the 6-match series 3-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

13.00 start, First Session 13.00-16.30, Interval 16.30-17.15, Second Session 17.15-20.45

Match days

07 February 2018 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Ranjith P | Commentator: Varun Shetty

END OF OVER:
40 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 179/10 (125 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.47, RRR: 12.50)

  • K Rabada12 (7b)
  • Kuldeep Yadav9-1-23-4
  • YS Chahal9-0-46-4

8:27pm And that's all from Nikhil, Ranjith and me today. We, of course, have plenty of analysis and press conference stuff to follow. So keep your eyes out for those and if you're in the Indian subcontinent, don't forget to head to our homepage and catch all the highlights on either side of the scorecell. Good night!

Kohli: Well the tour didn't start of too well but I knew I had to come in and get stuck in for us to compete in every game. Feels very good that it's coming off in winning causes. It started off with good pace and bounce. The new ball was hitting the bat nicely with pace. It was a drastic change after the 30th over and we immediately chopped down out target from 330 to 280-290. You're always looking for someone to get bat till the end and it's amazing if you do it as the captain. Another good partnership with Shikhar and a good stand with Bhuvi in the end as well. I was cramping towards the end but knew I had to stay till the end to get us 300. These are the times you're tested mentally as well as physically. [The spinners] We wanted to give them the pressure of defending today and it worked out. The intensity will be more in the fourth game because we can't lose this series anymore. I'm sure they'll come all guns blazing so we want to close that door.

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match.

Markram: Everything is disappointing about this. Yet again not up to the mark. we've got ourselves to blame, have to try harder. I felt when we're in the field we were in. We managed to claw our way back and restrict them to 303 which I though was chaseable. Unfortunately we didn't take it deep enough and you don't win a match like that. We've come across them [spinners] and after all that time if we're still struggling to pick them, it speaks of their quality. It's a bit about that and about confidence as well. [About AB returning for the 4th ODI] I'd love it! I think that would spur the guys on.

Ishan Jain: "SA lost a wicket every over from over 36 to 40. They are looking totally trapped by these two talented spinners, things looking dark for the home side."

Sdtm: "I can't understand this SA batting none sense. Surely they knew what was coming their way in form of wrist spin. It's a shameful way of preparing and only relying on AB and FAF. Kudos to India they know what their doing. From a disgruntled SA fan in Germany. "

Nisarg Chokshi: "Once again, SA bow down to the wrist spinners, who take 8 wickets among them. I can hardly remember any other left-arm, right-arm wrist spinner duo causing havoc to the opposition."

Jas Goria : "Indian spinners again proving to be a curse for SA. Again 8 wickets for Indian spinners taking the tally to 21 wickets out of 28 total. Great performance. "

8:07pm India have gone 3-0 up. Firdose's match report will land soon, but in the mean time, you could read the one from the second ODI and the story won't be too different. South Africa folding against the spinners yet again. If last match was an eye-opener, this match is a proper low. Yet again, they have come nowhere near answering India's spinners. A 124-run win. This time, Kuldeep helps himself to career-best figures. All set up by another glorious Kohli innings - 160 not out from the Indian captain when they looked in some trouble of their own through the middle.

39.6
W
Kuldeep Yadav to Ngidi, OUT, and that's what he does. Wrong'un straightens from middle stump at a good length. Ngidi looks for the slog again and he's struck in front of off stump

L Ngidi lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 6 (6m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Dhoni tells Kuldeep to bowl the googly from the stumps

39.5
4
Kuldeep Yadav to Ngidi, FOUR runs, oh yes. Ngidi is a fast learner. Nails the slog as this length ball comes into him from outside off. Finds the midwicket boundary on the bounce.

Goes around the wicket

39.4
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Ngidi, no run, googly at off stump, beaten as he looks to defend on the front foot
39.3
2
Kuldeep Yadav to Ngidi, 2 runs, first runs in ODIs for Ngidi. It's a chip over mid-off, although it was meant to be more. Full toss outside off and he just clears the fielder
39.2
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Ngidi, no run, googly, full at off stump. Gets the front leg across and swings for the roof. Beaten
39.1
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Ngidi, no run, length at middle stump, struck on the pad as he pushes on the front foot

Kuldeep's back. He's got a three-for in his last four innings now.

Three in three

1

No. of times South Africa have lost first 3 matches of any series at home - this is the first. Overall, this is their 4th such series.

Record chase needed

257

The highest successful run-chase at Newlands in Cape Town, which was South Africa against New Zealand way back in 2000.

Captain Kohli

12

No. of centuries for Virat Kohli as captain, the most among India captains. Only Ponting (22) and ABD (13) have more centuries as captain now.

Rohit v Rabada

5

No. of times Rohit Sharma has got out to Rabada on this tour, off 82 balls. Against all other bowlers he's got out only twice in 161 balls.