India v/s South Africa 3rd ODI

Lawrence Cooper
February 8, 2018

The pair put on 140 runs at almost a run a ball and it was obviously that South Africa would have a lot to do if they were ever to be contenders in this match.

Debutant Heinrich Klaasen only made six runs before being given out lbw off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal.

With this win, India have also clinched the series, which is the first-round fixture of the ICC Women's Championship.

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.

Once Duminy was gone, South Africa completed collapsed. As the action moved to Cape Town, India handed a 124 run defeat to the hosts.

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We are sad for the dropped two points but to come here and play the way we played is nearly impossible", he said. They are injured so I would like to have 18 players.

Amla had made a fighting 153-ball 82 in the first innings to take South Africa to 335 on a "subcontinental" wicket. The last ball went straight back past the bowler to crash into the fence even while Rabada had just completed his follow-through.

Zondo scored only 25 runs off 45 balls, and played far too many risky strokes, but in an innings that folded for 118 runs in 32.2 overs, he was the joint top-scorer with JP Duminy. Umpire Ian Gould had to overturn his decision when an ultra-edge replay showed a spike as the ball passed the bat. But they are very fearless in how they bowl and what field they want. Yet again not up to the mark. We've come across them [spinners] and after all that time if we're still struggling to pick them, it speaks of their quality. [About AB returning for the 4th ODI] I'd love it! In the post match presser, Kohli was asked if the spin twins could soon permanently feature in the Test team as well, "Those are things that are quite a bit away from now", Kohli said. It started off with good pace and bounce.

159 - The number of balls faced by Kohli in this innings is the most he has ever faced. It was a drastic change after the 30th over and we immediately chopped down out target from 330 to 280-290.

Smriti first raised a 55-run opening stand with her opening partner Poonam Raut (19) to set the tone before joining forces with Mithali for a 99-run second wicket stand. "Then fantastic things can happen when you are thinking about the team all the time". [The spinners] We wanted to give them the pressure of defending today and it worked out. With three more games left in the series, and with nothing to lose, the Proteas would do well to ponder a switch to the middle order for Amla. Maybe have more intensity in the next game so that we can close the series.

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