Player of the Match
Player of the Match

40 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 179/10 (125 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.47, RRR: 12.50)

  • Kagiso Rabada12 (7b)
  • Kuldeep Yadav9-1-23-4
  • Yuzvendra Chahal9-0-46-4

8:27pm And that's all from Nikhil, Ranjith and me today. We, of course, have plenty of analysis and press conference stuff to follow. So keep your eyes out for those and if you're in the Indian subcontinent, don't forget to head to our homepage and catch all the highlights on either side of the scorecell. Good night!

Kohli: Well the tour didn't start of too well but I knew I had to come in and get stuck in for us to compete in every game. Feels very good that it's coming off in winning causes. It started off with good pace and bounce. The new ball was hitting the bat nicely with pace. It was a drastic change after the 30th over and we immediately chopped down out target from 330 to 280-290. You're always looking for someone to get bat till the end and it's amazing if you do it as the captain. Another good partnership with Shikhar and a good stand with Bhuvi in the end as well. I was cramping towards the end but knew I had to stay till the end to get us 300. These are the times you're tested mentally as well as physically. [The spinners] We wanted to give them the pressure of defending today and it worked out. The intensity will be more in the fourth game because we can't lose this series anymore. I'm sure they'll come all guns blazing so we want to close that door.

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match.

Markram: Everything is disappointing about this. Yet again not up to the mark. we've got ourselves to blame, have to try harder. I felt when we're in the field we were in. We managed to claw our way back and restrict them to 303 which I though was chaseable. Unfortunately we didn't take it deep enough and you don't win a match like that. We've come across them [spinners] and after all that time if we're still struggling to pick them, it speaks of their quality. It's a bit about that and about confidence as well. [About AB returning for the 4th ODI] I'd love it! I think that would spur the guys on.

Ishan Jain: "SA lost a wicket every over from over 36 to 40. They are looking totally trapped by these two talented spinners, things looking dark for the home side."

Sdtm: "I can't understand this SA batting none sense. Surely they knew what was coming their way in form of wrist spin. It's a shameful way of preparing and only relying on AB and FAF. Kudos to India they know what their doing. From a disgruntled SA fan in Germany. "

Nisarg Chokshi: "Once again, SA bow down to the wrist spinners, who take 8 wickets among them. I can hardly remember any other left-arm, right-arm wrist spinner duo causing havoc to the opposition."

Jas Goria : "Indian spinners again proving to be a curse for SA. Again 8 wickets for Indian spinners taking the tally to 21 wickets out of 28 total. Great performance. "

8:07pm India have gone 3-0 up. Firdose's match report will land soon, but in the mean time, you could read the one from the second ODI and the story won't be too different. South Africa folding against the spinners yet again. If last match was an eye-opener, this match is a proper low. Yet again, they have come nowhere near answering India's spinners. A 124-run win. This time, Kuldeep helps himself to career-best figures. All set up by another glorious Kohli innings - 160 not out from the Indian captain when they looked in some trouble of their own through the middle.

Kuldeep Yadav to Ngidi, OUT, and that's what he does. Wrong'un straightens from middle stump at a good length. Ngidi looks for the slog again and he's struck in front of off stump

L Ngidi lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 6 (6m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Dhoni tells Kuldeep to bowl the googly from the stumps

Kuldeep Yadav to Ngidi, FOUR runs, oh yes. Ngidi is a fast learner. Nails the slog as this length ball comes into him from outside off. Finds the midwicket boundary on the bounce.

Goes around the wicket

Kuldeep Yadav to Ngidi, no run, googly at off stump, beaten as he looks to defend on the front foot
Kuldeep Yadav to Ngidi, 2 runs, first runs in ODIs for Ngidi. It's a chip over mid-off, although it was meant to be more. Full toss outside off and he just clears the fielder
Kuldeep Yadav to Ngidi, no run, googly, full at off stump. Gets the front leg across and swings for the roof. Beaten
Kuldeep Yadav to Ngidi, no run, length at middle stump, struck on the pad as he pushes on the front foot

Kuldeep's back. He's got a three-for in his last four innings now.

39 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 173/9 (131 runs required from 66 balls, RR: 4.43, RRR: 11.90)

  • Kagiso Rabada12 (7b)
  • Lungi Ngidi0 (0b)
  • Yuzvendra Chahal9-0-46-4
  • Kuldeep Yadav8-1-17-3

WATCH - Chahal ends Zondo's struggle (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)

Chahal to Rabada, no run, googly strikes him on the pad as he looks to flick. Deflected into the off side
Chahal to Rabada, SIX runs, oooooooooo buh bye! Rabada shows his mates how to hit the slog sweep! Whew. Cannot hit it better. Length ball on middle and he gets under it quickly to send it several rows back over midwicket
Chahal to Imran Tahir, OUT, another heave, another top edge. Length ball floated up at off stump. Goes for the old slog sweep and it hangs up for Kohli in the wide mid-on area. He takes with a reverse cup

Imran Tahir c Kohli b Chahal 8 (4m 6b 2x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Chahal to Imran Tahir, no run, length outside off, swings across the line and is beaten
Chahal to Imran Tahir, FOUR runs, tossed up on off stump, steps out and hits him straight over the bowler. Nicely done
Chahal to Rabada, 1 run, back of a length on middle, nudged through square leg

38 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 162/8 (142 runs required from 72 balls, RR: 4.26, RRR: 11.83)

  • Imran Tahir4 (3b)
  • Kagiso Rabada5 (4b)
  • Kuldeep Yadav8-1-17-3
  • Yuzvendra Chahal8-0-35-3

Pradeep D: "? = Pandey" ---- Yes, apologies, we've had a technical error.

Kuldeep Yadav to Imran Tahir, no run, length outside off, spins away from the bat after drawing him forward
Kuldeep Yadav to Imran Tahir, no run, leading ledge as he looks to flick this googly. Lands short of point
Kuldeep Yadav to Imran Tahir, FOUR runs, tossed up outside off, reaches it on the full and slices it behind square
Kuldeep Yadav to Phehlukwayo, OUT, his response is to go the other way and cover those two stumps this time. Kuldeep floats it outside off and wide from him. The loop beats him as he goes across the line and another top edge is taken easily at extra cover

AL Phehlukwayo c Kohli b Kuldeep Yadav 3 (11m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

Kuldeep Yadav to Phehlukwayo, no run, not picked again. Wrong'un. Phehlukwayo gets adventurous on the back foot, exposing two of his stumps to try and cut. Just gets the bat down to survive

Slip goes to gully now

Three in three


No. of times South Africa have lost first 3 matches of any series at home - this is the first. Overall, this is their 4th such series.

Record chase needed


The highest successful run-chase at Newlands in Cape Town, which was South Africa against New Zealand way back in 2000.

Captain Kohli


No. of centuries for Virat Kohli as captain, the most among India captains. Only Ponting (22) and ABD (13) have more centuries as captain now.

Rohit v Rabada


No. of times Rohit Sharma has got out to Rabada on this tour, off 82 balls. Against all other bowlers he's got out only twice in 161 balls.