Host once again capitulates to the wiles of wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav; the visitors take an unbeatable 3-0 lead
Virat Kohli and India’s spinners hammered South Africa again on Wednesday in the latest episode of a one-sided ODI series, winning the third game by 124 runs to go 3-0 up with three to play.
Kohli was colossal in making 160 not out from 159 balls — his second century of the series — and led India to 303 for six after South Africa put the tourists in to bat.
In a repeat of the first two games, South Africa couldn’t deal with India spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who took eight wickets between them at Newlands as the home team was bundled out for 179 in 40 overs.
South Africa started the series as the No. 1 ODI team in the world and India No. 2 but those positions have been quickly reversed.
India came to South Africa on a compelling run of one-day form following eight successive series victories but even that didn’t indicate how dominant it would be in the first three games.
South Africa had won 17 straight ODI games at home before losing to India by six wickets and then nine wickets in the first two matches.
Wednesday’s performance was even more compelling by India.
Kohli came to the crease at the end of the first over and again dominated his team’s total with a brilliant innings. Shikhar Dhawan’s 76 in a 140-run partnership for the second wicket was also a significant part of the Indian effort.
India captain Kohli, though, has been in consistently outstanding form on tour in South Africa, and his century was his second in the three one-day games against South Africa and his third in his last four ODIs.
South Africa had pulled it back at Newlands after Dhawan was out to a diving catch by stand-in skipper Aiden Markram off spinner J-P Duminy to break India’s best partnership.
Prompted by that breakthrough, South Africa took five wickets for 96 runs to slow what was an Indian onslaught when Kohli and Dhawan were together.
India finished strongly, though, thanks to Kohli. He combined with Bhuvneshwar Kumar for an unbeaten 67-run partnership off 44 balls.
Kohli made 43 of those runs from just 25 deliveries in India’s last stand.
India: Rohit c Klaasen b Rabada 0 (6b), S. Dhawan c Markram b Duminy 76 (63b, 12×4), V. Kohli (not out) 160 (159b, 12×4, 2×6), A. Rahane c Phehlukwayo b Duminy 11 (13b), H. Pandya c Klaasen b Morris 14 (15b, 1×6), M.S. Dhoni c Ngidi b Tahir 10 (22b), K. Jadhav c Klaasen b Phehlukwayo 1 (3b), Bhuvneshwar (not out) 16 (19b, 1×4); Extras (lb-3, w-12): 15; Total (for six wkts. in 50 overs): 303.
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Rohit, 0.6 overs), 2-140 (Dhawan, 23.1), 3-160 (Rahane, 27.4), 4-188 (Pandya, 32.5), 5-228 (Dhoni, 41.3), 6-236 (Jadhav, 42.4).
South Africa bowling: Rabada 10-1-54-1, Ngidi 6-0-47-0, Morris 9-0-45-1, Phehlukwayo 6-0-42-1, Tahir 9-0-52-1, Duminy 10-0-60-2.
South Africa: H. Amla lbw b Bumrah 1 (2b), A. Markram st. Dhoni b Kuldeep 32 (42b, 2×4, 1×6), J-P. Duminy lbw b Chahal 51 (67b, 4×4), H. Klaasen lbw b Chahal 6 (12b, 1×4), D. Miller c Dhoni b Bumrah 25 (42b, 1×4), K. Zondo c sub b Chahal 17 (38b), C. Morris lbw b Kuldeep 14 (10b, 1×4), A. Phehlukwayo c Kohli b Kuldeep 3 (8b), K. Rabada (not out) 12 (7b, 1×4, 1×6), I. Tahir c Kohli b Chahal 8 (6b, 2×4), L. Ngidi lbw b Kuldeep 6 (6b, 1×4); Extras (lb-2, w-2): 4; Total (in 40 overs): 179.
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Amla, 1.1 overs), 2-79 (Markram, 16.2), 3-88 (Klaasen, 19.2), 4-95 (Duminy, 21.5), 5-129 (Miller, 32.3), 6-150 (Morris, 35.2), 7-150 (Zondo, 36.1), 8-158 (Phehlukwayo, 37.3), 9-167 (Tahir, 38.4).
India bowling: Bhuvneshwar 7-0-41-0, Bumrah 7-0-32-2, Pandya 8-0-35-0, Chahal 9-0-46-4, Kuldeep 9-1-23-4.
Toss: South Africa.
India won by 124 runs and leads the six-match series 3-0.