SAvIND, 3rd ODI | Match Report: Chahal, Kuldeep guide visitors to win after Kohli’s epic ton
Virat Kohli’s masterclass and a pouncing pack of wrist-spinners ensured a 124-run win for India in the third ODI in Cape Town, giving the visitors an unassailable 3-0 lead and taking them one step closer to a maiden series triumph in South Africa.
Kohli reaffirmed his status as an ODI great with an unbeaten 160 off 159 balls on a challenging Newlands surface, propelling India to 303 for six. It was the 34th ODI hundred for the Indian captain, who is now 15 shy of Sachin Tendulkar’s mark of 49.
Kohli has been simply unstoppable in the 50-over format of late and today’s match-winning effort was his fourth three-figure score in the last six ODIs. It was also his second hundred of the series and third of the tour. While most Indian batsmen struggled after South Africa opted to bowl, Kohli made batting look easy. Shikhar Dhawan too stood out with a fluent 76 off 63 balls.
South Africa started the chase on a promising note with captain Aiden Markram (32) and JP Duminy (51) sharing a 78-run stand for the second wicket. But most of their runs came against the pacers and when Indian spinners got into the act, it was …read more