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Kohli, Spinners take India to 3-0 lead over South Africa

India's Virat Kohli celebrates his century in the Cape Town ODI
India's Virat Kohli celebrates his century in the Cape Town ODI

India 303-6 (Kohli 160no) beat
South Africa 179 (Yadav 4-23) by 124 runs
Third One-Day International in Cape Town

Virat Kohli continued his rich vein of form with another unbeaten 160-run knock as India went on decimate South Africa by 124 runs in the third One-Day International in Cape Town to take a 3-0 unassailable lead in the series.

Dhawan-Kohli lay strong foundation

South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl first. The decision proved right as Kagiso Rabada (1-54) had Rohit Sharma (0) caught in the first over but what transpired after that took the Proteas to the backseat. In the third over, Kohli (160 not out) was given out LBW but he used a review to overturn the decision. Replays showed involvement of an inside edge. Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan (76) dealt in boundaries as India reached 50 for one at the end of the first powerplay. With a flurry of boundaries, Dhawan completed his 25th ODI fifty, needing 42 deliveries for it and soon Kohli completed his 46th half-century as things looked ominious for South Africa with India reaching 140 runs by the end of 23 overs.

South Africa make comeback

It was JP Duminy (2-60), who brought South Africa back into the game when he had Dhawan caught at mid-wicket, bringing an end to a 140-run stand for the second wicket and it turned out to be a double strike as few overs later the off-spinner also had Ajinkya Rahane (11) caught at mid-off. India's move to promote Hardik Pandya (14) also went in vain as he edged a Chris Morris (1-45) delivery to the keeper while MS Dhoni (10) and Kedar Jadhav (1) too failed to contribute. India slipped to 228 for five after being 140 for one at one stage.

King Kohli gives India the perfect finish

With wickets falling at the other end, Kohli toned down and went on to complete his 34th ODI ton and in the process went past Sourav Ganguly's tally of 11 for most centuries by a captain. He showed a lot of maturity in the closing stages of the innings and smashed four boundaries and two sixes to bat all the 50 overs, ensuring 303 for six finish for India in the 50 overs. His score of 160 is also the second highest individual score for an Indian batsman against South Africa after Sachin Tendulkar's 200.

Markam-Duminy give Proteas home

South Africa were handed early blow in the chase when Jasprit Bumrah (2-32) trapped Hashim Amla (1) LBW. However, Aiden Markram (32) and JP Duminy (51) counterattacked the Indian bowlers with a 78 run stand for the second wicket hitting six boundaries and a six between them and for the first time in the series, the Proteas top order looked good. Duminy even completed a 64-ball half-century.

Familiar South Africa collapse to spinners

South Africa were on track in the chase but once again the innings got derailed when spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (4-46) and Kuldeep Yadav (4-23) came into the attack. Yadav started the proceedings when he had Markram stumped by Dhoni, who notched another record in overall dismissals while Chahal trapped Duminy and Heinrich Klaasen (6) LBW. Miller's 42-ball vigil was ended by Bumrah and from there on the innings lost momentum completely as the spinners ended up with four wickets apiece to bowl out the Proteas for 179 runs in 40 overs.

The 124-run win is also India's highest over South Africa as they take a 3-0 lead in the six-match series with Kohli claiming another man of the match award.

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