Cape Town - A batting masterclass by Indian captain, Virat Kohli saw India post an imposing 303/6 in their allotted 50 overs in the third ODI against the Proteas at Newlands. It was also his second hundred of the series and third of the tour. With India having won the first match, the pressure is now on South Africa. Kohli was slow to start and was content to play a supporting role to Shikhar Dhawan's central act as the opener was in fine nick, carving boundaries at will.
4 - Yuzvendra Chahal became the 4th Indian spinner to take four and more wickets in consecutive ODIs.
The South African One-Day International team suffered a third injury blow Monday when wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was ruled out of the rest of the series against India because of a wrist injury.
Dane van Niekerk, the captain who bowls legspin, was wicketless but held her own in a run-fest with figures of 10-1-38-0. From a healthy 79 for one in the 17th over, the hosts were reduced to 129 for five in the 33rd over, ending all their hopes of a recovery. It was also Kohli s second-highest ODI score after 183 against Pakistan in 2012.
Kohli collected 100 of his 160 runs through singles. In total, he collected 12 fours and two sixes.
Records kept tumbling as his innings progressed.
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Yet again, on Wednesday a thousand kilometers away from Newlands, where the men will be playing amidst all the eyeballs, in the Kimberley hideout, the women will resume their own battle to going one-up on each other. Ricky Ponting, with 283 runs in 2001-02, was the previous best.
Shikhar Dhawan added 76 runs with his willow. Asked about they were aiming to make a turnaround in the series, Rabada said: "In an ideal world, close to the flawless game, if a lot of people score runs and lot of people take wickets". Not always have they got wickets with great balls, but they have been at the South African batsmen all the time.
Meanwhile, at the other end, Kohli utilised the Decision Review System (DRS) and survived a lbw call off the bowling of Rabada.
Markram then turned to a twin spin attack with JP Duminy joining Imran Tahir in an attempt to stem the runs.
However, Dhawan promised that India will not take their foot off the pedal.
Brief scores: India 302/3 (Smriti Mandhana 135, Harmanpreet Kaur 55*, Veda Krishnamurthy 51*) bt South Africa 124 in 30.5 overs (Lizelle Lee 73, Poonam Yadav 4/24, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 2/14, Deepti Sharma 2/34).