42 - This was the 42nd time that Virat Kohli has been involved in a 300+ team total in ODIs since 2010. And once again, India won handsomely. South Africa need to win this match to prevent India from taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the six-match series, having won the first two ODIs in Durban and Centurion.
The series has been lopsided thus far with South Africa's rickety middle order succumbing to the guile of the Indian wrist spinners.
159 - The number of balls faced by Kohli in this innings is the most he has ever faced. In doing so, South Africa restricted a surging India to 303-6 in 50 overs given the latter were 140-2 around the 24th over. It was a clinical batting performance by Kohli and Dhawan followed by the charm of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. "Credit to them", Kohli was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. Of all his runs, only 60 came off boundaries, meaning he ran 100 of his runs. Kohli achieved the milestone in his 43rd innings as captain. Kohli found support in Shikhar Dhawan as the famed lineup suffered a collapse. Kuldeep with his fourth wicket wrapped up South Africa's innings on 179, handing India a runs victory. Ajinkya Rahane (11), Hardik Pandya (14), MS Dhoni (10), Kedar Jadhav (1) all departed without contributing much, leaving Kohli extremely frustrated at the other end. It needed Bhuvneshwar Kumar to come in at No.8 and stick around long enough for his captain to bat through the innings.
South Africa won the toss and made a decision to bowl first.
Her dismissal brought in veteran skipper Mithali Raj (20 off 34; 4X1), who added 51 runs in the company of Smriti, who by then had crossed her half century off 64 deliveries.
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The closest call Kohli had was when he was given out lbw in the third over. Dhawan was out against the run of play after stepping out to Duminy for Markram to pull off a sharp catch at midwicket.
India kept losing wickets at regular intervals after that.
No ODI team average less against wrist-spin than South Africa since the Champions Trophy. Conceding 21 extras - 20 through wides and no-balls - did not help South Africa's cause.
Once again it was this young duo which picked heaps of wickets. They were beaten by the turn, beaten by flight, beaten in the mind. A little extra bounce, some better fielding and the spinners using more flight than they did in the first two matches allowed the hosts to make a match of it for most part of the first innings. It turned out to be more than double that. However, Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav already have made this record.