South Africa vs India, 3rd ODI: Hosts elect to bowl, visitors unchanged

Arnold Nichols
February 8, 2018

Kimberley: Opener Smriti Mandhana continued her rich vein form as Indian women cricket team thrashed South Africa by 178 runs in the second ODI of the three-match series in Kimberley on Wednesday.

India took an unassailable 3-0 lead in this six-match series after a Virat Kohli special effort of 160 not out, his second century in the three games, helped the visitors a 124-run win at Newlands. Duminy would also go on to get Ajinkya Rahane to end with 2 for 60 in his full quota of ten overs.

Duminy was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Rabada, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir took one wicket apiece.

At last he found great company in Bhuvneshwar Kumar (16) and added an unbeaten 67 for the seventh wicket with him. His decision was justified in the first over itself when pacer Kagiso Rabada induced an inside edge from Rohit Sharma, which was pouched safely by wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen, one of the two debutants for South Africa in the match. The penultimate ball of the innings was rocketed over midwicket when it wasn't even that short a delivery. It was a stunning end to a stunning innings. The ball itself would have barely clipped legstump, but having been given out on field, Kohli would have had to walk back for a duck if not for the spike.

With his score reading 61, the South African No 3 batsman seemed well set for a hundred but once again slipped up against Bumrah.

South Africa needed Amla to step up and play deep into the innings in the absence of AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, but that was not to be with the South African opener struggling to get past the meticulous Bumrah, as he had done on a number of other occasions in the series. The young spinners have shared 13 wickets in the first two games helping India to comfortable victories.

No ODI team average less against wrist-spin than South Africa since the Champions Trophy. The 29-year-old brought up his 150 towards the end and finished India's innings with a massive six and boundary.

As such, it remains to be seen what sort of wicket is presented to both teams on Wednesday, and whether South Africa will persist with this tactic. They went from 79 for 1 to losing nine wickets for the addition of 100 runs in 23.4 overs.

Interestingly, the first male cricketer to pick 200 ODI wickets, was also an Indian - Kapil Dev.

Kuldeep and Chahal are asked to go for wickets at all times and Kohli says he isn't anxious about them leaking runs, "The thing is very simple", Kohli said. It turned out to be more than double that.

Duminy and stand-in captain Aiden Markram steadied the ship with a 78-run partnership before Markram was stumped by MS Dhoni off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav for 32.

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