Batsman scores unbeaten 160 in Men in Blue’s 124-run over South Africa
Virat Kohli scored his 34th ODI century as India beat South Africa by 124 runs in third of the five-match series in Cape Town on Wednesday. The day started with South Africa captain winning the toss and opting to field first.
His decision paid dividend as Kagiso Rabada removed opener Rohit Sharma in the first over of the match.However, a 140-run partnership between captain Kohli and opener Shikhar Dhawan for the second-wicket put the Men in Blue back on track.Dhawan departed in the 24th over, but Kohli remained on the crease and made sure his team post more than competitive 303 for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
Kohli scored a brilliant unbeaten 160 off just 159 with the help of 12 fours and two sixes, whereas Dhawan scored valuable 76 off just 63 balls, including 12 boundaries.
For South Africa, all-rounder JP Duminy was the most successful one of the lot, as he claimed two wickets and gave away 60 runs in his 10 overs. In reply, Proteas had a horrid beginning as once again veteran opener Hashim Amla’s poor run with the bat continues and he departed after just scoring one run.
A 78-run partnership between stand-in captain Aiden Markram and Duminy kept the home side firmly in the game, but the introduction of wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal turned the game on its head once again. The home side had no answers to the spinners and were eventually bowled out for just 179 in the 40th over.
Duminy finished with the top score of 51 off 67 with the help of four fours, whereas Markram scored 32 off 42. For India, Yadav and Chahal was once again the stand out bowlers in the ranks, as the duo claimed four wickets each.For his outstanding batting performance, Kohli was named player of the match.