Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Records Tumble as Kohli Smashes 34th ODI Ton in Cape Town

Kristopher Love | 08 February, 2018, 08:09

Cape Town: Indian skipper Virat Kohli finished with an unbeaten 160, steering India to a super competitive 303 against South Africa in the third One Day International of the six-match series at the Newlands here on Wednesday. His first four overs cost 29 runs and his next two 18 to leave Aiden Markram with no choice but to turn to JP Duminy.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

We don't even have a clue if the 29-year-old will ever be able to do that as there might be no bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan in the next five years even on a neutral venue, forget about the possibility of seeing Kohli's men play in Pakistan in the near future!

Kohli-led India have their sights set on an unprecedented 3-0 lead when they take on Aiden Markram-led South African team, which has quite literally fallen apart due to injury blows.

Cape Town - All the money in the world somehow seems unlikely to buy South Africa a one-day worldwide victory over India just at present.

Cape Town: South Africa won the toss and sent India in to bat in the third one-day worldwide at Newlands on Wednesday seeking to get back into the series.

This is also the highest individual score by an Indian batsman against South Africa in South Africa, as Kohli went past Sourav Ganguly's 127 at Johannesburg in 2001.

The visitors dismantled the Proteas in the first two matches played in Durban and Centurion and would look to continue their form in the third ODI. Shikhar Dhawan (76) acted as a ideal foil to Kohli as they got the better of their opponents and asserted their dominance over the Proteas' bowling attack. Captain Mithali Raj was also dismissed for 20, but Mandhana sustained India's momentum and brought up a century off 116 balls. The pitch became tough to score on, which made the home side's decision to bowl first seem more and more naive.

India entered the final 10 overs on 223 for 4 and despite Tahir and Phehluwayo's dismissals of MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadav respectively, Kohli accelerated. In ODIs, his average against them stand at 17.35, a marked difference to his averages against other kinds of bowlers. The right-handed batsman missed the line altogether against a straight Jasprit Bumrah delivery while trying to shuffle across the stumps. No other player has done it more than four times.

The action now shifts to the Newlands stadium in Cape town, where India would take on a depleted Proteas side; Quinton de Kock was the latest to join AB de Villiers and Faf Du Plessis on the sidelines.