Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Kohli runs his way to a hundred

Kohli runs his way to a hundred

India won by 124 runs in yet another one-sided game. JP Duminy scored a fifty but it wasn't enough as South Africa were bowled out for 179 courtesy of four-fer from Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

South Africa's brittle batting lineup, without injured stalwarts Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock, were stifled once more by the Indian spinners as Kuldeep Yadav, who took career-best figures (four for 23 in 9 overs), and Yuzvendra Chahal (four for 46 in 9 overs) strangled their innings.

After failing miserably in first two ODIs, South Africa got off to a better start in Cape Town.

Kohli's 160 not out is the second-highest by an India batsman against South Africa, only behind Sachin Tendulkar's double-century in 2010 and third-highest for any player against South Africa in South Africa.

Third ODI between India and South Africa will be played today at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.

With de Kock unavailable, South Africa do not have very many options at the top although it is worth remembering that Miller opened the innings for them against India in an ODI in Rajkot, when South Africa toured in 2015.

He also scored the highest score by an Indian in South Africa in ODIs.

A 2-0 lead in the series by dismantling the hosts in the first two matches in Durban and Centurion with consummate ease has given the men in blue a boost in confidence.

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Meanwhile, Kohli also reflected on his innings as he said that he struggled before smashing his century as the pressure was enormous but he somehow managed to carry on. Dhoni's stumping of Markram took him to 400 ODI dismissals, the first Indian wicket-keeper to reach that mark.

Not reading the spinners led to South African batsmen being defensive which pushed the run-rate up. If a batsman's technique is bad, he can put some runs on the board once in a while, but he will not be able to do that consistently which is exactly true in Kohli's case.

2 - Kohli became only the second Indian captain after Kapil Dev to score a 150 in an ODI outside India. Shikhar Dhawan scored 76.

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Dhawan, at the other end, continued his merciless attack on the home bowlers, to bring up his 25th ODI fifty off 42 balls with a boundary off leg-spinner Imran Tahir. In fact, it was stand-in skipper Aiden Markram who did all the hard work and took a stunning diving catch to dismiss Dhawan who had danced down to the part-timer.

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The skipper then found a stable partner in Bhuvneshwar Kumar (16 not out) and the duo added 63 runs off only 43 balls for the seventh wicket.

Rohit Sharma was quickly unsettled by Kagiso Rabada's pace and fell to his sixth delivery for a duck by sending an inside edge back to debutant Heinrich Klaasen, while Kohli was given out lbw on zero before being saved upon review.

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