India continued it’s domination over the Standard Bank Proteas bowling attack while the Indian wrist spinners continued their mastery over the home batsmen to give India an inevitable 124-run victory in the third Momentum ODI at PPC Newlands on Wednesday.
The result gives India an invincible 3-0 lead in the six-match series, leaving the Proteas with the unenviable task of winning all three the remaining matches, starting with the Pink Drive ODI at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday, to square the series.
Kohli made his second century of the series on an unbeaten 160 (159 balls, 12 fours and 2 sixes) to set up the Indian total of 303/6 and now has an aggregate and average for the series of 318 and a strike rate in the high 90s.
Thereafter, however, it was entirely the Kohli show as he scored 101 out of the 162 runs that India scored following Dhawan’s departure. In a remarkable statistic Dhawan and Kohli hit 24 fours and 2 sixes between them while the entire Indian innings consisted of 25 fours and 3 sixes.
Although Duminy went on to reach a half-century (51 off 67 balls, 4 fours), Yadav and his spinning partner, Yuzvendra Chahal, entangled the Proteas batsmen, almost without exception in their web, and finished with four wickets each.
India will go on the 4th match leading Proteas by 3-0.