Kagiso Rabada* 12(7); | (7);
Yuzvendra Chahal* 9-0-46-4; | Kuldeep Yadav 9-1-23-4
Mehidy Hasan* 5(7); | Liton Das 24(7);
Rangana Herath* 4-0-11-0; | Dilruwan Perera 8-3-25-1
Glenn Maxwell* 103(58); | Alex Carey 5(58);
Mark Wood* 3.3-0-26-1; | Tom Curran 4-0-39-0
Back with the chase.. India found it difficult to score with the old ball, but still managed to muster 80 off the final 10 overs, thanks mainly to Kohli. The Indian bowlers know what to do on this wicket and that will play a huge role. Who will partner Amla in the absence of QdK? Markram has taken on that responsibility. Bhuvneshwar with the ball in hand. One slip and we are ready to go..
* 160* by Kohli is the highest by an Indian captain away from home after Kapil Dev's 175* vs Zim in Turnbridge Wells in 1983* Highest scores for Ind in SA:160 V KOHLI v SA, Cape Town, 2018 *152 S Tendulkar v Nam, Pietermaritzburg, 2003146 S Tendulkar v Ken, Paarl, 2001127 S Ganguly v SA, Joburg, 2001* Highest target successfully chased down in Cape Town: 257 SA vs NZ in 2000
We leave you to your 40 minutes of rest with a read into JP Duminy's mind, "Pretty happy with the way I bowled. Always nice to get an opportunity to bowl ten overs, but would've liked a few more in the wickets column. From time to time there was a bit of turn, a bit of variable bounce too. 300 looks par and we need to bat well to get there. We need to keep an aggressive mindset and try and score those runs. The problem has been that they have been picking wickets in the middle overs which has hampered our partnerships from flourishing. [On a to be record chase] I remember going back to Durban against Australia where 370 wasn't chased down ever as well. Records are meant to be broken."
16:45 Local Time, 14:45 GMT, 20:15 IST: Yet another Kohli innings stood between the South African attack and the Indian batting line-up on this tour. Hundred #34 was not one of his fluent best, but he battled his way through after coming in in the very first over. The 140-run stand between Dhawan and Kohli set the platform for the Indian innings. However, once the partnership was broken, the middle order wobbled to give South Africa a sniff. A vital 67-run association between Kohli and Bhuvneshwar took India past the 300-mark. Duminy got the ball to turn and so did Tahir. Will the surface remain the same for Chahal and Kuldeep? Or will it change under lights? Back at 17:15 Local Time with the answers..
Most 150+ scores for India in ODIs: 5 S Tendulkar/ Rohit Sharma3 V KOHLI
The first time Kohli has faced 150 balls in an innings in ODIs -- going past his 148-ball stay against Pakistan during his knock of 183
Chris Morris [7.0-0-28-1] is back into the attack
Kagiso Rabada [7.0-1-24-1] is back into the attack
Highest score for Ind vs SA in SA:130 V KOHLI, Cape Town, 2018 *127 S Ganguly, Joburg, 2001114 WV Raman, Centurion, 1992112 V Kohli, Durban, 2018
South Africa review: Tahir and Klaasen were confident. Markram signals the T. Fair delivery. Was there an inside edge? Bhuvneshwar had shuffled across. No inside edge as confirmed by the RTS. Wickets - Missing. South Africa lose a review.
MS Dhoni in ODIs in SA:14 innings *315 runsAvg 24.23 - the lowest for him in a Test playing nationSR 77.392 X 50sHS 65
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Phehlukwayo to Kedar Jadhav, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mid-off and mid-on come in for Jadhav
This (Virat Kohli's, duh) is now the highest individual score for India in ODIs at Cape Town going past 107* by Ganguly vs Ken in 2003 WC
Kedar Jadhav, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Tahir to Dhoni, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Imran Tahir [7.0-0-42-0] is back into the attack
Most 100s across formats:100 S Tendulkar71 R Ponting63 K Sangakkara62 J Kallis55 V KOHLI *54 M Jayawardene/ H Amla
Andile Phehlukwayo [3.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack
Most 100s for India's ODI captains:12 V KOHLI (43 innings)11 S Ganguly (142)06 S Tendulkar (70)/ MS Dhoni (171)04 M Azharuddin (162)
Cramped forearms for Kohli here
Slowest ODI 100s for Kohli (balls):119 v Pak, Adelaide, 2015119 v SA, Cape Town, 2018 -- Today115 v SL, Mirpur, 2012113 v WI, Vizag, 2011112 v SA, Chennai, 2015
Imran Tahir [6.0-0-39-0] is back into the attack
Kohli a boundary away from yet another.........
Catching mid-on here
Time to recall Rabada maybe. He has 3 overs left only, though
200 up for India..
MS Dhoni in ODIs in SA:14 innings *305 runsAvg 25.41SR 79.012 X 50sHS 65
MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Drinks: India have lost Rahane and Pandya now too close to each other. They have the platform, can still rack the 300 but they've looked a touch impatient today, perhaps building their innings on the assumption that anything below 300 would be underwhelming against this South African attack. South African spinners, more so Duminy, have bowled slow and nice, choking the run-flow to some extent.
Chris Morris to Hardik Pandya, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Chris Morris [4.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack
Last 5 overs: 20 runs, 1 wickets
One slip for Rabada here. Markram needs wickets from him today. A tight spell can always be offset during the slog overs towards the end
Kagiso Rabada [5.0-1-15-1] is back into the attack
Hardik Pandya, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Duminy to Rahane, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Silly mid-on still in place
Rahane has picked singles off all the 10 balls he's faced so far..
Imran Tahir against India in ODI's: 11 matches, 9 wickets, E/R: 5.56, AVG: 51. Pretty poor numbers for the number 1 ODI bowler.
Spot a silly mid-on here
Last three third wicket stands b/w Kohli & Rahane: 104 (in 2015), 109 (in 2016), 189 (in 2018)
W 1 1 1 1 1 - that's how India have dominated in the series. A wicket but the runs keep tickling on
Highest 2nd wicket stands for India after being 0/1:165 Gavaskar/Azharuddin v Aus, Sharjah, 1987166*Gavaskar/Azharuddin v Eng, Oval, 1986140 DHAWAN/KOHLI -- today
Ajinkya Rahane, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Duminy to Dhawan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
A slip for left-hander too
Jean-Paul Duminy, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Most 100+ stands for second wicket for India:8 Ganguly/Dravid7 Rohit/Kohli7 DHAWAN/KOHLI
Lungisani Ngidi [4.0-0-29-0] is back into the attack
This is now the highest second wicket stand for India against SA in SA surpassing 93* by the same pair in the last ODI in Centurion.
Imran Tahir, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Drinks are on the field now! Has been a good start for India, yet again. Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a duck but since then, Kohli and Dhawan have played nicely and have had a decent partnership for the second wicket. Kohli has looked a bit rusty, but he's still out there in the middle. That's what matters for India.
"Change of bat for Dhawan," pings Kaushik.
Round the wicket to Dhawan
Andile Phehlukwayo, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Chris Morris, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Switches to round the wicket
Kohli has been adjudged lbw! But the Indian skipper has decided to review it straightaway. Looks out to the naked eye though. Was there an inside edge? RTS has picked up something and the third umpire is happy to go with the technology. Not Out!
Worst avg for an Indian batsman in a country:12.10 Rohit in SA *15.66 A Agarkar in Ind16.81 M Kaif in SA18.44 C Pandit in Ind18.45 R Jadeja in Aus** Min 10 innings in top seven
Lungisani Ngidi, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rabada to Rohit, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Rohit and Dhawan are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Rabada will open the attack
Rohit Sharma hasn't been at his best in this series so far. Can he fire tonight? Let's find that out soon.
* Only once has a team come back to win a series of six or more ODIs after being 0-2 down - Pakistan 4-2 in India in 2005.
Pitch report: "It's gonna play like it's played. Wristies will get something out of the pitch but the ball will come on a little quicker, so even if they bowl slow, South Africa's batsmen will find it easier. At Newlands, you can expect some movement but at twilight, it might not move as much, which is when South Africa bat," reckon Mike Haysman and Neil McKenzie. "Looks like a really nice track," they add triumphantly.
Taking about fortresses, highest win % at a venue:90.91 SA in Harare84.85 SA in Cape Town83.33 SA in Sharjah80.00 SA in Perth80.00 Ind in Gwalior** Min 10 ODIs
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram(c), Heinrich Klaasen(w), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Khaya Zondo, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Imran Tahir
Virat Kohli: We wanted to bat first anyway. We wanted to change things. It looks like a good batting track. We think it would do more under the lights with the two new balls. They are not too solid in the middle order. Early wickets and we can get stuck into them. It will only get drier in the day. The wrist spinners can turn it on any surface and it plays to their advantage when the wicket is harder. Every game is important. We want to play with the same intensity from the first two games. We don't want to let our guard down. South Africa wants to come back into the series. We want to consolidate further. Not at all(when asked about changes). We are playing the same team.
Aiden Markram: We are gonna bowl first. We do understand India chase very well. There might be some assistance up front. It might come onto the bat nicely under lights. We have got two debutants today. Heinrich Klaasen makes his debut and takes the gloves and Lungi comes in for Morkel. The guys have been working hard. It is not about looking too deeply about what has happened in the first two games.
South Africa have won the toss and have opted to field
"Morne Morkel showing keen interest in how Hardik Pandya is marking his run-up. Offers a pointer or two...
"Very bright and very sunny!", pings Kaushik from Newlands. "The usual people at the warmup drills for India. If you didn't think it was possible, Kedar Jadhav released a ball from a lower angle than usual," he adds. "Lungi Ngidi having quite a serious fielding drill. Could be in for his ODI debut."
India on the other hand have all bases covered with their top order batsmen firing, spin-twins (Kuldeep and Chahal) creating havoc for opposition batsmen and frontline seamers being able to confine Proteas upfront. They have been clinical in all departments, in short. With such dominance India have inflicted severe wounds on the pride of Proteas and the hosts would be desperate to seek vengeance. The Men in Blue start as favorites but it wouldn't be a surprise if the young South African side comes out all guns blazing at this happy hunting ground. A warm welcome to our coverage of the third ODI to be played at the picturesque Newlands stadium in Cape Town. Toss and teams coming up in a while. Stay tuned in.
12:12 Local Time, 10:12 GMT, 15:42 IST: We don't see South Africa getting thrashed at home often, do we? Well, a certain team India managed to do so against the ever so dominant Proteas at the SuperSport Park in Centurion the other day. Leading South Africa for the first ever time at the highest level, Aiden Markram didn't have the best of times as the hosts buckled and went down like a house of cards. Yes injuries to their mainstays have setback South Africa's progress in this series but at the same time it has given a chance to youngsters in the team to prove their mettle. New champions are born in adversity.
Preview by Kaushik Rangarajan You start on the back of a Test series win, as the No.1 ODI team riding a 17-match winning run at home and a spotless series record against your opposition. Five days later, you have dropped two games on the bounce, lost three key players to injury and appointed a tyro as captain. And for all those sacrifices, you are not any bit closer to identifying the intricacies of playing wrist spin. Hello South Africa, you seem to be having some trouble!Poor Aiden Markram could look back on the Centurion beatdown and legitimately wonder what hit his captaincy debut the hardest - the injuries, the general ineffectiveness with the ball or the batting impotency. Given the rapid succession of games, he'll not have much time to mull over this abject start, although 'that' 40-minute lunch break with India needing two more runs to win would have at least served as a poignant moment of introspection.Now onto Cape Town, the devil's peak looks down ominously. A defeat here and even AB de Villiers's imminent return at Wanderers cannot help win the series. From when the teams were here at start of India's tour, the tide has turned quite a bit. So much so that now South Africa batting coach Dale Benkenstein is extoling the virtues of 'intent': Kuldeep and Chahal may have gotten 13 of the 18 wickets to fall, but nothing good can come off being passive against them.It is clear the hosts need a lift of any kind to imbue the group with belief. The management admitted before the series that an allowance on results could be made if headway was made into shortlisting a core group for their #Vision2019. In that sense, some runs for Markram, Khaya Zondo and Heinrich Klaasen will be most welcome. But to keep hopes of a series alive, the hosts wouldn't say no if the runs came from the Amlas, Millers and the Duminys too.While South Africa have been quite the attention hogs, India for a change on the tour have little to worry or anything to change. But they will once again keep an eye on how best to utilise fifth-bowler duties, a role shared between Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav.When: South Africa vs India, 3rd ODI, February 7, 13:00 local, 16:30 ISTWhere: Newlands, Cape TownWhat to expect: The cricket is not forecast to be disrupted by rain but that's of scant relevance in severely drought-hit Cape Town as 'Day Zero' nears. The acute water shortage has meant that head groundsman Evan Flint has been allowed to water the outfield only once (last Saturday) and dry patces on the outfield are indicative of that.As for the pitch itself, it is not a green mamba on which Vernon Philander ruled. Runs will be there for the taking. In the last game played at the venue, exactly a year ago, South Africa and Sri Lanka managed a match-aggregate of 694 runs, with du Plessis scoring a career-best 185. Someone else though will have to replicate that feat for the hosts this time.Team News:IndiaIndia have no reason to change the make-up of their playing composition unless the pitch magically sprouts another layer of grass on match day. Barring injuries, the eleven should be retained for a third-straight game.Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra ChahalSouth AfricaSouth Africa's new captain Markram started at No.4 and three matches in, will find himself returning to his natural position at the top of the order, albeit not for a very happy reason. The talented Heinrich Klaasen will don the 'keeping gloves and take up a slot in the middle-order. Given their batting concern, South African could consider opting for the experience of Farhaan Behardien but it cannot come at the expense of the 'fifth bowler'. Because playing two frontline spinners has never been South Africa's 'thing', an alternative towards adding batting depth would have them reinstating all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo for one of the spinners.Probable XI: Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram (c), JP Duminy, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Khaya Zondo, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo/Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran TahirDid you know?- If India win the third ODI, it will be the first instance of them winning three consecutive ODIs against South Africa in a series.- Hashim Amla hasn't scored a fifty in his last ten ODI innings against India - the longest such barren run against any opponent. He averages 31.66 from six innings at Newlands - the lowest for him at a home venue.- India's spinners have taken 13 wickets this series at an average of 11.61 conceding just 3.74 per over. On the other hand, South African spinners are yet to take a wicket and concede at 6.00 per over.- Morne Morkel has taken 13 wickets in four ODIs at Newlands at 10.92 and takes a wicket every 17.2 balls.What they said:"In an ideal world, close to the perfect game, if a lot of people score runs, lot of people take wickets. Or you need individual brilliance. We'll take either or. We know cricket is a game of ups and downs. We need to go back, see where we're going wrong, calm down and do our business on the field."- Kagiso Rabada touches on philosophy when prodded on to explain what South Africa need to do to turnaround their series deficit."Wrist spinners can turn the ball even on flat wickets. Because some of the foreign teams are not used to it, these spinners can create an element of doubt in the batsmen's mind."- Shikhar Dhawan on what's afflicting South Africa's batsmen in the series so far.
India (From): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur
South Africa (From): Hashim Amla, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Aiden Markram(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Khaya Zondo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungisani Ngidi, Farhaan Behardien
Another one-sided affair between the number 1 and number 2 ranked sides. The results show the gulf between the two, might be momentary, but also speaks volumes about the impact of the wrist spinners. Virat Kohli. What do I say? The ton machine refuses to slow down. This is the same South African team, barring a few injuries, which won 17 consecutive ODIs on home soil. The tables have turned drastically. They would be hoping for another spin then, more so in their favour. On that note, this is Kumar Abhisekh Das, signing off on behalf of my talented team mates - Akshay Maanay, Pratyush Sinha, Vineet Anantharaman, Nikhil Jadhav and Naga.
(2/2) I was struggling a bit while on 95 but I knew I had to carry on and pull the team out. These are times when you are tested and it is pleasing to go through it and do well. This wicket was not supposed to help the wrist spinners. These two got the maximum out of it. These two back themselves. Today it was outstanding from them as they picked 8 wickets between them. We wanted to bat first and change things a bit. I think our intensity (for the next game) should be more than the previous games. We would try and close the door on them. Having an opportunity, we would take the confidence into the fourth game.
Virat Kohli, Man of the Match: (1/2) Well, (the tour) did not start off that well. I knew I had to come in and get stuck in for us to give ourselves a good chance. I take that kind of mentality into every game. Another pleasing day, individually and as a team as well. I think the pitch started with good pace and bounce. After the 30-over mark it was a drastic change. We immediately cut down our target from 320-330 to 280-290 and ended up with 300-plus. The wicket got slower with the old ball. You had to get adjusted to the pace of the wicket. It got slower as the game progressed. If you lead from the front, it feels even better. Another outstanding partnership with Shikhar. He played outstandingly well. Few runs with MS and a good partnership with Bhuvi in the end helped us.
Aiden Markram: Very disappointing. Yet again not upto the mark. Virat played beautifully and their spinners played a massive part again. But we managed to claw our way back. They are world class spinners. Our batsmen are struggling to pick their spinners even after three games. They are landing the ball in the right areas more often than not. Credit to them. If ABD would be back, it might serve as a massive inspiration.
Stats: While we wait for the presentations, here's Deepu Narayanan delving deep into India's win:~ This is the first ever instance of South Africa trailing 0-3 after the first three ODIs of a bilateral series at home~ This is India's biggest win against SA in SA by runs - by 124 runs. Also South Africa's heaviest defeat in terms of runs at Cape Town~ 21 wickets by India's spinners in three ODIs so far this series - the most by them in a bilateral series in SA~ 160* by Kohli is the highest by an Indian captain away from home after Kapil Dev's 175* vs Zim in Turnbridge Wells in 1983~ Rohit Sharma now has the worst average (12.10) by an Indian batsman in South Africa~ A hundred off 119 balls was Kohli's joint-slowest in ODIs, level with his WC hundred vs Pakistan in Adelaide, 2015~ Kohli's 12 hundreds (43 innings) as captain is now one better than Sourav Ganguly (142 innings)___
The riposte started on usual note. Amla nipped out early by a sharp in-ducker from Bumrah. But then the resistance from the greenhorn skipper and a resurgent Duminy meant South Africa were in no mood to throw in the towel. But once Kuldeep came in, the bout was reduced to a fight between a punching bag and a marauding opponent. The blows were delivered one after the other and it all came to an end in the 40th over of the second innings. Any guesses for the Man of the Match award. You can harp on that. Would want to know updates on ABD. So, hang on for the presentations.
This is India's largest win (by runs) against South Africa in South Africa. That defines the gaping hole that lies between both the teams. The spinners and Kohli again stood out for the Indians. Kohli scored a seamless 160 and the spin twins plucked out 8 wickets between them to take their tally to 21. Earlier in the day, India were asked to bat. Dhawan looked peerless and Kohli, a bit scratchy. The lines were better from South Africa who had Rohit walking back to the pavilion in the first over. Kohli survived a close LBW scare and then there was no looking back for him. The middle order never capitalized on mini-starts and Bhuvi down the order offered a helping hand to his skipper to ensure India toppled the 300 barrier.
Kuldeep Yadav to Lungi Ngidi, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Lungisani Ngidi, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Chahal to Tahir, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Imran Tahir, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Kuldeep Yadav to Phehlukwayo, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Kagiso Rabada, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Chahal to Zondo, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Yuzvendra Chahal [7.0-0-29-2] is back into the attack
Andile Phehlukwayo, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Kuldeep Yadav to Chris Morris, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Kuldeep Yadav [6.0-1-10-1] is back into the attack
Here is the chinaman operator.
Hardik Pandya [7.0-0-28-0] is back into the attack
Time for drinks and the equation tells the story. 162 needed off 16 overs with 5 wickets in hand looks a tough ask for the hosts. But Morris has started off fluently but even that trait will need a lot of wheels for SA to think of getting closer in this game. Zondo has looked clueless on the other hand.
Chris Morris, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Bumrah to Miller, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
The new ball bowlers are bowling in tandem. India looking for another wicket.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar [5.0-0-29-0] is back into the attack
Bhuvi is back for another spell. He has not really picked a lot of wickets. Would want to change that.
This innings is not going anywhere.
Jasprit Bumrah [4.0-0-18-1] is back into the attack
So there's nothing happening. Blocks. Pushes. Getting beaten. There's enough of these to compensate for the lack of anything else.
Hardik Pandya [5.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack
Kedar Jadhav goes off..perhaps the painful ankle thanks to that sliding tackle at fine leg
Two slips in.
Khaya Zondo, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Chahal to Duminy, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
David Miller, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Chahal to Klaasen, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Yuzvendra Chahal [3.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
Heinrich Klaasen, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Kuldeep Yadav to Markram, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
Kuldeep Yadav, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack
Gets a slip. Conventional one.
"The pitch is doing enough to turn the ball. You don't need to," Dhoni's heads up in Hindi, duh.
Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Okay so one powerplay is done. And quite obviously spin comes on .. in one of the worst kept trend secrets. So a leg-slip.
Hardik Pandya, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Round the wicket
Round the wicket now
Duminy backs away just as Bhuvi was about to bowl. Some disturbance behind the bowler's arm.
Two slips in. More conventional for Bumrah
Jean-Paul Duminy, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Bumrah to Amla, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Jasprit Bumrah, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Amla and Markram are at the crease. Amla is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack