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It is one-sided affair so far for India. Visitors take the unassailable lead of 3-0 in 6 match ODI series.
Indian spinners once again rule the match. They plugged 8 wickets form 10 south African Wickets. They have taken 21 wickets in 3 matches most by any spinners in South Africa.
Unstoppable Virat Kohli scored his 34th test century. This is his 12 century as a captain. He breaks the record of Sourav Ganguly 11.
South Africa mercy against the spin continues. Despite practicing with 5 spinners in the nets they failed to cope up with Indian wrist spinners. This match is highly Belongs to Captain Virat Kohli. His fabulous knock of 160 runs set the game for visitors.
Earlier during the start of the match. Host South Africa won the toss and offer India to bat first. Pitch looks flat with full of runs stored in it. India starts poorly as they lose their first wicket of Rohit Sharma for the duck. Rohit Sharma misrable form continued in South Africa as he got out by edging the bowl to Wicketkeeper.
Later Shikhar Dhawan takes the stand and played flowing shots all around the ground. Virat looked slugging at the start of his innings. But he soon finds his rhythm by playing his trademark shot cover drive.
Shikhar Dhawan got out in the passage of play for 76 runs in just 63 balls. But Virat remained firm and rotate the strike thought his innings. However, India lost their wickets quickly in the form of Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya. MS Dhoni finds difficult to rotate the strike as the pitch gets slow. The pressure was built upon him to play big shots. While playing the big shot to Imran Tahir he got out at long off.
Kedar Jadhav got out for the duck while playing a cheeky shot. But once again Bhuvneshwar Kumar (16) showed his ability with the bat by supporting Virat Kohli till complete 50 overs.
Virat Kohli scored 10 runs in last two deliveries of Rabada to take his team over 300 runs mark. India set the target of 304 runs for proteas.
Chasing huge target will never going to be easy for the host. They lost the wicket of valuable wicket of Hashim Amla in 2nd over for 1 run. Even though Jp Duminy came out to bat at number 3. He had the great day with the ball as he picked two crucial Indian wickets. Now onus of the team on him and captain Aiden Markram
Duminy did not disappoint he played positively to Indian fast bowlers. The duo of Aiden Markram & Jp Duminy added 78 runs partnership for the 2nd wicket. But soon as the Wrist spinners came into play Proteas started to lose their wickets at the regular intervals. Both Kuldeep and Chahal took 4 wickets each in the match. Especially Kuldeep Yadav bowled with more accuracy as he gave 23 runs in 9 overs and took 4 wickets. South Africa bowled out for 179 in 40 overs.
Note: Virat Kohli was declared player of the match.