• India won by 124 runs
• They made 303
• Kohli made 160
• India lead the series 3-0
The magnificent Virat Kohli guided India to a 124 run victory against South Africa in the third ODI to take India to a 3-0 lead in the six-match series. He scored a scintillating 160 to notch up his 34th century from just 194 innings as he moved closer to his idol Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 centuries. His knock helped India post a daunting total of 303 form their allotted overs. Boosted by their skipper’s exploits, the Indian bowlers ran through the South African batting line-up to dismiss the hosts for 179. With it India took a 3-0 lead in the series and are now only one win away from a famous series victory in South Africa.
India were shocked early on in their innings after opener Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a duck to continue his miserable tour. They, however, made the most of a bad situation as they turned it around on its head with opener Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli proving a thorn in the back of the African bowlers. The Proteas had no answer to the two batsmen who were in fine form on the day. Dhawan batted aggressively as Kohli took the back foot in their 140 run partnership. Dhawan scored 76 of just 63 balls as he decimated the South African pacers with shots all around the ground. After his dismissal, India hit a mini-slump as they lost three quick wickets. Kohli’s class shone through the difficult period for India as he grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. He opened up after registering his hundred to take the Proteas to the cleaners. A man of the match mammoth knock by him powered India to a strong total of 303 for the loss of 6 wickets.
It was the same tail for the South African this series as their depleted batting line-up failed to play the Indian spinners. They lost 8 wickets to the Indian spin duo of Kuldeep and Yuzvendra who both picked up four each. Apart from Duminy (51), the rest of the South African batting line-up was in dismal state and bundled for just 179 in 40 overs.