August 16, 2018

India vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Cape Town

08 February 2018, 09:31 | Pamela Mathis

However, it is not just Kohli and company who have been touring the South African nation, but the Women in Blue are also on a three ODI series visit.

South Africa's innings started on the back foot.

1 - This is the first time that South Africa are 0-3 down in a bilateral ODI series in South Africa. The bowling has been consistently good throughout the tour, and the third ODI is unlikely to be any different.

Kohli also broke another record by Ganguly - that of the highest individual score by an Indian batsman against the Proteas in South Africa. When Shikhar Dhawan was batting, my job was to take singles...and keep rotating the strike, to be able to get the partnership going. For South Africa, Duminy took 2 wickets.

Earlier, centurion Virat Kohli powered India to a formidable final total of 303 for six, after Proteas stand-in skipper Aiden Markram had won the toss and opted to bowl first.

Chahal dismissed Heinrich Klaasen and Duminy off consecutive overs a short while later to leave the hosts struggling at 95/4 in the 22nd over.

Referring to Kohli as "Cheeku", Dhoni also was heard taking a call on field placements. From a healthy 79 for one in the 17th over, the hosts were reduced to 129 for five in the 33rd over, ending all their hopes of a recovery. He surpassed Ganguly's 127 against South Africa scored at Johannesburg in 2001.

2 - Kohli became only the second Indian captain after Kapil Dev to score a 150 in an ODI outside India.

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Virat Kohli's obsession with fitness along with his batting talents were on exhibition on Wednesday as 100 off his unbeaten 160 runs came in 1s, 2s and 3s! He hit 12 fours in his audacious knock.

Kohli said yesterday's hundred was special in the sense that he had to continuously change his game through the innings.

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina also took to Twitter to congratulate the Indian captain. The pitch slowed up markedly throughout the innings and no other batsman would get more than a modest start but Kohli the warrior titan surged on.

Virat Kohli once again set an example of leading from the front with an unbeaten 160-run innings in the Cape Town ODI to help India to continue their domination in the series. Ricky Ponting, with 283 runs in 2001-02, was the previous best. Stand in captain, Aiden Markram is only three matches into his ODI career and still lacks experience and Titans gloveman Heinrich Klaasen is expected to make his debut at Newlands in the must-win game for the Proteas.

Meanwhile, Andile Phehlukwayo will replace left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.

They dubiously overlooked on Wednesday, once again, the rich domestic form of Farhaan Behardien, whilst another veteran figure consigned to a side-line bib on the day was Morne Morkel. Rohit Sharma (0) continued his poor run in this ODI series and was caught behind off the sixth ball he faced. Kuldeep and Chahal now have scalped 21 wickets out of the 30 South African wickets on offer across the three-ODIs. He immediately asked for DRS review, which showed an inside edge and the decision was overturned. It was then about a lovely partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli that got things underway.

Chris Morris came out in the middle with positive mindset.

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