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India vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Cape Town

India vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Cape Town

Both senior players and debutants are unable to read it from the hand or off the pitch, which has put India on the brink of winning their first ODI series in the Rainbow Nation.

South Africa would have hoped that one of their senior batsmen could match, or even surpass Kohli's brilliant efforts, if their run-chase was to prove successful.

With India in cruise control and scoring at a healthy rate, South Africa were in desperate need of a breakthrough.

With India in a spot of bother losing two wickets for 107, Harmanpreet joined forces with Smriti and the duo frustrated the South Africans with quality strokeplay.

After reaching his century, Kohli led the hunt for late runs as he forged an unbeaten 67-run stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Thanks to Kohli's superb performance with the bat, India finished on 303/6 off their 50 overs.

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Newport's goalkeeper Joe Day sits on the pitch after Serge Aurier's cross was diverted into the net by Newport's Dan Butler . Spurs are unbeaten since the turn of the year, although they have drawn as many games that they have won - four each.

South Africa: Aiden Markram (captain), Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Heinrich Klaasen (wkt), David Miller, Khaya Zondo, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi.

Kuldeep broke a unsafe second-wicket stand between Aiden Markram and JP Duminy in his very first over before returning to dismiss Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo and Lungi Ngidi.

Chahal came back into the attack and trapped Heinrich Klaasen in front for 6. "But I think the job is not even half done yet", he said. Umpire Ian Gould had to overturn his decision when an ultra-edge replay showed a spike as the ball passed the bat. They can get all their support staff to bowl different types of spin in the nets.

Amla had made a fighting 153-ball 82 in the first innings to take South Africa to 335 on a "subcontinental" wicket. Yet again not up to the mark.

Markram gave credit to Kohli and the two spinners but added: "As much as they've played really well we've got ourselves to blame". We've come across them [spinners] and after all that time if we're still struggling to pick them, it speaks of their quality. Biggest positive is we are 3-0 up, so there's no way we can lose this series now. It started off with good pace and bounce. He ended with 160 not out off 159 balls, not always at his fluent best, but at his most determined. It was a drastic change after the 30th over and we immediately chopped down out target from 330 to 280-290. When Shikhar Dhawan was batting, my job was to take singles...and keep rotating the strike, to be able to get the partnership going.

He has played against Bumrah seven times across formats (three Tests, three ODIs and one T20I) and has been dismissed four times with his average remaining below 20.


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