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South Africa vs India 2018: 3rd ODI, 5 things we learnt from the match

rohit sankar
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16.16K   //    07 Feb 2018, 23:54 IST

India v South Africa - ICC Champions Trophy
Kohli powered his way to a magnificent ton

A Virat Kohli special and a familiar collapse against Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav saw South Africa succumb to their third consecutive defeat in the series at Newlands. Shikhar Dhawan and the skipper strung together a 140-run stand after Aiden Markram won the toss and bizarrely put India in to bat. JP Duminy broke the stand and added the scalp of Ajinkya Rahane to give the Proteas a sniff but it wasn't quite good enough.

Kohli powered India to 303 with a blistering 160 that got better as the innings grew old. Markram and Duminy began well for South Africa after they lost Hashim Amla to Jasprit Bumrah yet again, but the introduction of spin saw the innings take a wretched turn and it never really shot up thereafter.

Here are the 5 talking points from the match.

#5 Rohit Sharma's African safari does not turn the corner

Bangladesh v India - ICC Champions Trophy Semi Final
Rohit Sharma departed for a six ball duck

Rohit Sharma's gargantuan ODI image had taken a terrible hit in South Africa and it got no better at Newlands after Kagiso Rabada sent him on his way for a six ball duck. The Hitman's highest score in the Rainbow Nation is a measly 23 and he averages 12.10 with the bat after 11 games. This is completely in contrast to his record in other nations.

Kagiso Rabada eked out an inside edge off Rohit Sharma when the batsman attempted to leave and the edge was taken behind the stumps by Heinrich Klaasen, who was on debut. The Indian opener has a few more days to change his record in the country.

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