Running the risk
India's running between the wickets has been risky in every match in the series so far, and it stayed that way in this game too. Virat Kohli was involved in one of the earlier run-outs in the series but even that was not enough to urge some caution. This time, Kohli had only himself to blame. Ajinkya Rahane should have been out when he drove Dale Steyn in the air to Farhaan Behardien, who made a valiant effort at mid off, but put the chance down to allow a single. Kohli, though, thought it would be a good idea to go for a second run but Rahane was not anticipating a second steal. By the time Rahane saw Kohli coming, he put his hand up to send him back but Kohli had already reached the non-strikers' end. Steyn collected the ball from Behardien and lobbed a throw back to Quinton de Kock, who had all the time in the world to break the stumps.
Finished with a six
MS Dhoni has made a habit of finishing innings in the most flourishing way possible, and he did it again in Indore. After Kagiso Rabada frustrated him for five deliveries of the final over, which were all dot balls, Dhoni decided he had nothing to lose and swung hard at the last ball. It was short and Dhoni was waiting outside leg stump to give himself room to slash. He swung hard and connected, smashing the ball over midwicket to end the innings on a high.
Reaching for it
Despite being dropped recently, De Kock's ability to keep wicket was never in question and he showed that today. Morne Morkel was badgering Suresh Raina with short balls that were testing de Kock's reflexes. Morkel then sent one down the leg side which Raina gloved. De Kock, who is not known for his reach, had to stretch far to his right to take the catch, proving his worth as a gloveman despite his troubles with the bat.
Also reaching for it
Anything South Africa could do, Dhoni could do better, and he did it in the field as well. David Miller's confidence was clearly cracked, and he fished at the first delivery he received, just outside off from Bhuvneshwar. Dhoni lunched leftwards and grabbed the ball to extend Miller's miserable run.
Kohli did not have much of a say with the bat, but he made up for it with a telling contribution on the field. He took an acrobatic catch to dismiss Faf du Plessis, and a running one to dismiss Dale Steyn. But it was the grab he got in between those two wickets that changed the game. AB de Villiers slapped Mohit Sharma towards cover, where Kohli was stationed. Kohli had to dive low and forward to take the catch, tumbling over in his follow through. There was not a bigger wicket on the day, nor a better way to take it.
More tough calls
Umpire Vineet Kulkarni has been in the spotlight for his decision-making, and he only sharpened the glare on himself when he raised the finger to dismiss Farhaan Behardien. Behardien, South Africa's last specialist batsman, stepped forward to play Harbhajan Singh into the leg side, but missed. Harbhajan and Dhoni, though, both went up for the catch and after a long pause, Kulkarni agreed with them. Behardien was perplexed and replays showed he had reason to be. There did not appear to be any edge , with both replays and snicko suggesting South Africa may have a reason to lodge a complaint against the official.