South Africa has always been one of the best one day teams in the world. They certainly don’t look like a top side the way they are currently playing. The Proteas were once again hammered by the Indians and have now conceded a 3-0 lead in the 6 match series.
Kohli’s Brilliance Too Much For Proteas
South Africa won the toss and asked India to bat first. Rohit Sharma who has had a poor Test and ODI tour so far fell in the first over to Rabada for a duck. Kohli was also given out LBW shortly thereafter to leave India in trouble as the score was 4-2. However, Kohli decided to review and to everyone’s surprise, he had nicked the ball and the decision was reversed.
Kohli would then go on to play a magnificent innings as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals at the other end. H Pandya once again failed with the bat, MS Dhoni continue to rotate strike and struggle in the ODI format while K Jadhav is unable to maximize his limited opportunities at number 7 and play under pressure.
Kohli saw all this happen at the other end and knew it was up to him as captain to take his team to a respectable total. He remained till the very end (160), showing supreme fitness and commitment to take India to a score 303. His brilliance with the bat has once again covered major flaws in the Indian middle-order.
South Africa Stumped By Wrist Spin Yet Again
K Yadav and Y Chahal took 8 wickets between them in the second ODI to run through the South African line-up. They combined yet again and took 4 wickets apiece as they once again ran through South Africa and dismissed them for 179 in just 40 overs. South Africa will be very disappointed at the way they have played during the last 3 ODI’s and are one match away from losing an ODI series at home. They expect star batsman AB de Villiers to return for the 4th ODI which is a must win game for the Proteas.
In a statement, young South African captain Markram said “Everything is disappointing about this. Yet again not up to the mark. we’ve got ourselves to blame, have to try harder. Unfortunately we didn’t take it deep enough and you don’t win a match like that.”