result
3rd ODI (D/N), Cape Town, Feb 7 2018, South Africa v India 2018
303/6
(40/50 ov, target 304)179
India won by 124 runs
Player Of The Match
160 (159) & 2 catches
virat-kohli
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• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Kohli, wristspinners trample South Africa again

After the India captain smashed an unbeaten 160, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shared eight wickets between them to put their side 3-0 up

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Scores: Ranjith P
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Scorecard summary
India303/6(50 overs)
South Africa179/10(40 overs)
end of over 406 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 179/10CRR: 4.47 RRR: 12.50
Kagiso Rabada12 (7)
Kuldeep Yadav 9-1-23-4
Yuzvendra Chahal 9-0-46-4

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.

39.6
W
Kuldeep 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

Lungi Ngidi lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 6 (6m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100

Dhoni tells Kuldeep to bowl the googly from the stumps

39.5
4
Kuldeep 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

39.4
Kuldeep to Ngidi, no run

googly at off stump, beaten as he looks to defend on the front foot

39.3
2
Kuldeep 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

39.2
Kuldeep to Ngidi, no run

googly, full at off stump. Gets the front leg across and swings for the roof. Beaten

39.1
Kuldeep 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.

end of over 3911 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 173/9CRR: 4.43 RRR: 11.90
Kagiso Rabada12 (7)
Lungi Ngidi0 (0)
Yuzvendra Chahal 9-0-46-4
Kuldeep Yadav 8-1-17-3

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

38.6
Chahal to Rabada, no run

googly strikes him on the pad as he looks to flick. Deflected into the off side

38.5
6
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

38.4
W
Chahal to 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
38.3
Chahal to Tahir, no run

length outside off, swings across the line and is beaten

38.2
4
Chahal to Tahir, FOUR runs

tossed up on off stump, steps out and hits him straight over the bowler. Nicely done

38.1
1
Chahal to Rabada, 1 run

back of a length on middle, nudged through square leg

end of over 386 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 162/8CRR: 4.26 RRR: 11.83
Imran Tahir4 (3)
Kagiso Rabada5 (4)
Kuldeep Yadav 8-1-17-3
Yuzvendra Chahal 8-0-35-3

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

37.6
Kuldeep to Tahir, no run

length outside off, spins away from the bat after drawing him forward

37.5
Kuldeep to Tahir, no run

leading ledge as he looks to flick this googly. Lands short of point

37.4
4
Kuldeep to Tahir, FOUR runs

tossed up outside off, reaches it on the full and slices it behind square

37.3
W
Kuldeep 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

Andile Phehlukwayo c Kohli b Kuldeep Yadav 3 (11m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.5
37.2
Kuldeep 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

37.1
2
Kuldeep to Phehlukwayo, 2 runs

length at off stump, brings down a big swing with the reverse sweep and gets it wide of backward point

end of over 376 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 156/7CRR: 4.21 RRR: 11.38
Kagiso Rabada5 (4)
Andile Phehlukwayo1 (5)
Yuzvendra Chahal 8-0-35-3
Kuldeep Yadav 7-1-11-2
36.6
4
Chahal to Rabada, FOUR runs

inside edge past leg stump and well wide of leg gully. Looks to get forward outside off again and drives with a big gap

36.5
1
Chahal to Phehlukwayo, 1 run

back of a length at middle stump, punched to long-on off the back foot

Best performances - batters
Virat Kohli player portrait
V Kohli INDIA
160 runs (159)
12 fours
2 sixes
Control79%
Productive shot
flick
49 runs
2 fours
1 six
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Shikhar Dhawan portrait
S Dhawan INDIA
76 runs (63)
12 fours
0 six
Control79%
Productive shot
cover drive
15 runs
3 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Kuldeep Yadav portrait
Kuldeep Yadav INDIA
O
9
M
1
R
23
W
4
ECO
2.55
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
3W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Yuzvendra Chahal portrait
YS Chahal INDIA
O
9
M
0
R
46
W
4
ECO
5.11
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Newlands, Cape Town
TossSouth Africa, elected to field first
SeriesSouth Africa v India 2018
Season2017/18
Player Of The Match
Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli
Series resultIndia led the 6-match series 3-0
Match numberODI no. 3971
Hours of play (local time)13.00 start, First Session 13.00-16.30, Interval 16.30-17.15, Second Session 17.15-20.45
Match days07 February 2018 - daynight (50-over match)
ODI debut
Heinrich Klaasen
Heinrich Klaasen
Lungi Ngidi
Lungi Ngidi
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Adrian Holdstock
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Ian Gould
TV Umpire
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Aleem Dar
Reserve Umpire
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Bongani Jele
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft
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