Result
3rd ODI (D/N), Rajkot, Oct 18 2015, South Africa tour of India
270/7
(50 ov, target 271)
252/6
South Africa won by 18 runs
Player Of The Match
South Africa
1y
• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Morkel four-for snuffs out India's chase

South Africa defended 86 runs off the last ten overs to ensure Quinton de Kock's first international century of 2015 and fourth in seven innings against India was not in vain

Match centre 
Commentator: Nikhil Kalro
Scorecard summary
South Africa270/7(50 overs)
India252/6(50 overs)
end of over 5013 runs
INDIA: 252/6CRR: 5.04 
Axar Patel15 (11)
Harbhajan Singh20 (17)
Dale Steyn10-0-65-0
Kagiso Rabada10-0-39-0

9.30pm So, South Africa back up the Springboks' fantastic comeback win yesterday with one of their own. AB de Villiers does a Fourie du Preez, great leadership. A thoroughly dominant bowling performance in those last 20 overs. India were favourites for most of that chase and played really well to get into that position but were squeezed like a wet rag in those last few overs. They employed a terrific gameplan of going short and full on middle and leg with a 4-5 field and that did not look like it was working but they soon got those lengths perfect. Dhoni and Kohli were in control of that chase but this plan threw them off their game, as they were stalled. The middle order struggled to find any momentum after both of them fell and Morne Morkel was superb. Three consecutive games won by matches lost in the chase, all of which should have been won by the batting side but well, the quality of bowling has been different from a few months ago.

Two sterling performances in today's game with both bat and ball for SA.

Morne Morkel is the Man of the Match: Really worked hard this week on mixing it up a bit. I'm a rhythm bowler and need things to click to operate. We had a couple of gameplans and it is important to execute and we did that. I suppose you live by the sword, you die with the sword, he is a big hitter down the ground and had to vary it. Every time I do well, especially against India is very special. And it will last with me forever.

MS Dhoni: I thought 270 was a par score, the wicket kept getting lower and slower and the dew didn't help us out. It became a bit two-paced and become difficult to play the big shot. We are looking for batsmen to play at 5, 6 and 7. Till they play there, we won;t know who is a good bet over there. And we are looking to give chances as well so it's a tricky one. Jinx batted well at 3 but Virat couldn't score, this is something we will have to look at. I thought our bowlers did well, maybe a bit more dew would have made it difficult. They batted when the wicket was at its best and they also couldn't find runs at the death.

AB de Villiers: Very special batting performance. Quinton answered a alot of questions just like how Quinton can do. We struggled between the 37th and 44th over but found our way at the end. To have Miller up front was out of the box thinking from us. We were looking at 250 as a par, the way we fought back with the ball was special.

49.6
6
Steyn to Patel, SIX runs
final one goes out of the ground. What a shot that is too. Good length on middle and Axar plays this straight over Steyn's head with a straight elbow. SA complete an amazing turnaround win to go 2-1 up in the series.
49.5
1
Steyn to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run
full on off, driven to mid-off. Harbhajan ambles to the other end and AB throws at the non-strikers end but misses.
49.4
2
Steyn to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs
low full toss, heaved away to deep square leg for two
49.3
1
Steyn to Patel, 1 run
what fielding. Deserved a wicket for that piece of fielding. Short on off, flat-batted to Miller at mid-off who dives to his right and makes an amazing stop. He then gets up and fires a throw to the non-striker's end and a direct hit would have had him.
49.2
1
Steyn to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run
good length, pulled to fine leg
49.1
2
Steyn to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs
Morkel makes a mess of another catch. Never looked like getting under that. Full outside off which is lobbed up in the air towards short third man. Morkel backtracks and advances and eventually the ball drops
end of over 496 runs
INDIA: 239/6CRR: 4.87 • RRR: 32.00
Axar Patel8 (9)
Harbhajan Singh14 (13)
Kagiso Rabada10-0-39-0
Dale Steyn9-0-52-0
48.6
Rabada to Patel, no run
yorker on middle, Axar drives to the bowler who fires back an inaccurate throw to QdK
48.5
1
Rabada to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run
speared into the blockhole on middle, squeezed to long-on
48.4
2
Rabada to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs
varying this well, full on middle, inside-edged to backward square leg for a quick brace
48.3
1
Rabada to Patel, 1 run
back of a length on leg, Axar is struck on the body and rolls nowhere.
48.2
1
Rabada to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run
144.6 kph, good length on middle, flat-batted to midwicket
48.1
1
Rabada to Patel, 1 run
141.1 kph, guess what? It is another back of a length delivery on leg which is followed by a massive heave to deep midwicket

All over by the shouting, rather quiet is this crowd. Rabada

end of over 487 runs
INDIA: 233/6CRR: 4.85 • RRR: 19.00
Harbhajan Singh10 (10)
Axar Patel6 (6)
Dale Steyn9-0-52-0
Imran Tahir10-0-51-1
47.6
2
Steyn to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs
full and wide outside off, carved out to deep cover on the bounce

Suresh: "MoM = MO rne M orkel"

47.5
1
Steyn to Patel, 1 run
yorker outside off, good variation. Axar digs this one out to cover
47.4
2
Steyn to Patel, 2 runs
that length again. Good length on leg, heaved away to deep midwicket where Amla fumbles allowing the extra run
47.3
1
Steyn to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run
full on off, Bhajji looks for the big heave and a thick inside edge back on his body. They take the single, Steyn tries to run him out in his follow through but doesn't succeed
47.2
1
Steyn to Patel, 1 run
driven to deep cover
47.1
Steyn to Patel, no run
good length on off, chopped back to the bowler
Best performances - batsmen
Q de Kock
103 runs (118)
11 fours
1 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
cover drive
23 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
2151212241037
V Kohli
77 runs (99)
5 fours
0 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
flick
15 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
4121341361015
Best performances - bowlers
M Morkel
O
10
M
1
R
39
W
4
Eco
3.90
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
MM Sharma
O
9
M
0
R
62
W
2
Eco
6.88
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
TossSouth Africa , elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of India
Player Of The Match
Morne Morkel
Series resultSouth Africa led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3695
Season2015/16
Hours of play (local time)13.30 start, First Session 13.30-17.00, Interval 17.00-17.45, Second Session 17.45-21.15
Match days18 October 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Chettithody Shamshuddin
Aleem Dar
TV Umpire
Nandan
Reserve Umpire
Nitin Menon
Match Referee
Chris Broad