South Africa stays alive in ODI series vs India

None of Ajinkya Rahane, Iyer, MS Dhoni or Pandya could score at even a run-a-ball, as India's finish fizzled after two thirds of the innings had sizzled. The break worked to South Africa's advantage as India could make only 89 for 5 in the remaining 15.4 overs, with the home side bowlers showing zip and liveliness in keeping an untested middle order extremely quiet.

While the spinners were being smacked all over the park, with Kuldeep taking 2 for 51 in his full quota of six overs, and Chahal returning 1 for 68 in 5.3 overs, in a odd bit of captaincy, Virat Kohli left three of his pacers' overs unused, with Jasprit Bumrah having 1 for 21 in five overs and Bhuvneshwar Kumar giving up 27 runs in four overs.

Their shortened innings forced South Africa to be more positive against the Indian spinners and this worked to their advantage as they launched both Chahal (1-68 in 5.3 overs) and Yadav (2-51 in 6 overs) over the boundary with regularity. The Delhi duo put on 158 runs for the second wicket in front of a near-packed stadium.

In the Cape Town ODI, his unbeaten 160 was his 34th century in just 205 ODIs.

India's success in the series is largely down to 3-4 players.

Thereafter there was no respite for the South African bowlers thanks to a big stand between Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. Dhawan then brought up 100 for India in the 19th with a huge six over deep mid-wicket. Also, we feel they might be tempted to play 4 seamers given the wicket. The stylish cricketer blasted spinners, who have been troubling South African batsmen for long to mark his authority. Kohli scored (112) in the first match, and fabulous (160*) in previous ODI.

Shikhar Dhawan completes his 26th ODI fifty as India take control of the match. South Africa, already without three leading batsmen through injury, lost Hashim Amla leg before to Jasprit Bumrah in the second over.

At the other end, left-hander Dhawan pulled, cut, and drove easily as the partnership flourished.

"There have been opportunities to score off bad balls, but because it is always a new batsman at the crease, they tend to be tentative and miss out".

Once play resumed, South Africa began to claw their way back into the game, starting with the dismissal of Dhawan, who scored 109 off 105 deliveries, which included 10 boundaries and two sixes. With these two wickets, things suddenly looked gloomy for India, who were at 210/4.

Coming out to bat at the 37th over, Dhoni made small partnerships with Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar to push the Indian total close to 300. It was Heinrich Klaasen's 27-ball unbeaten 43 and Andile Phehlukwayo's 23 off five balls that helped South Africa register their first win in the series.

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