Turning Point: Indian lions were beaten in front of African Young Brigade, then the middle order answered

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Cape Town: South Africa defeated India by 4 runs in the last and thrilling ODI of the series played at Newlands on Sunday, giving the Proteas a clean sweep over India in the three-match series. In reply to South Africa’s target of 288 runs, the Indian team was reduced to 283 runs in 49.2 overs. India’s (65) scored the most runs. Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo took three wickets each for South Africa. Dwayne Pretorius took two wickets, while Keshav Maharaj and Sisanda Magala took one wicket each. Chasing the target, the Indian team suffered a setback as captain from the very beginning, when Engidi got them caught out for 9 runs at the hands of Yeneman Malan. After this, Virat Kohli, who came at number three, and opener Shikhar Dhawan together handled the innings and went on to make important scores for the team. Dhawan completed his half-century in 58 balls, taking India’s score to 100 for the loss of one wicket in the 19th over. Kohli also made good shots at the other end. But this long partnership (98) between the two was broken by Phehlukwayo, when Dhawan was dismissed for 61 runs with the help of five fours and a six. By this time India had scored 116 runs for the loss of two wickets in 22 overs. At the same time, India was soon given the third blow by Phehlukwayo, when Rishabh Pant sent the pavilion without opening the account. Shreyas Iyer at number four along with Kohli led the innings. Meanwhile, Kohli completed his half-century and there was a 38-run partnership between the two. But in the 32nd over, Kohli scored 65 runs with the help of five fours and was dismissed by Maharaj. At this time India’s score was 154 for the loss of four wickets and now needed 134 runs to win. After this, Suryakumar Yadav, who came at number six, started chasing the target with Shreyas. But soon Shreyas (26) also returned to the pavilion off Sisanda’s ball. Now India’s situation started deteriorating, as wickets kept falling one after the other. The Indian team had completed 200 runs in 38 overs for the loss of five wickets. Meanwhile, Suryakumar was dismissed for 39 runs with the help of four fours and a six. Soon Jayant Yadav (2) also started walking. By this time India had scored 227 runs in 42 overs for the loss of seven wickets, with the team still needing 61 runs to win. Deepak Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah, who came in seventh place, together tried to get India closer to the target. During this, Chahar got out after scoring 54 runs with the help of five fours and two fours. After this Bumrah (12) also returned to the pavilion. Yuzvendra Chahal (2) was run out, due to which the Indian team could not chase the target and were all out for 283 runs in 49.2 overs. In the third ODI, South Africa won the series by 3-0. Earlier, coming to bat, South Africa’s team had a poor start, as they lost two wickets for 34 runs. During this, opener Yeneman Malan (1) was caught by Chahar at the hands of Pant. Subsequently, in the seventh over, skipper Temba Bavuma (8) was also run out by skipper Rahul. Openers Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram handled the innings and took the team’s score forward. But Markram (15) also returned to the pavilion on Chahar’s delivery after sharing a 36-run partnership with de Kock. By this time South Africa’s score was 70 runs in 12.2 overs for the loss of three wickets. Rassie van der Dussen handled the faltering innings with de Kock. In the 19th over, de Kock completed his 28th half-century in 59 balls. After 23 overs, South Africa’s score reached 129 for three. Both the players added quick runs against the Indian bowlers. Meanwhile, de Kock scored the 17th century of his career in 108 balls. De Kock and Dussen put together many long boundaries. But de Kock was dismissed for 124 off Bumrah with the help of 12 fours and two sixes, ending the partnership of 144 runs in 143 balls between the two. Dussen too soon became the victim of Chahal after scoring 52 runs with the help of four fours and a six. Proteas’ score was 219 runs in 37 overs for the loss of five wickets. David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo were present in the crease. Meanwhile, Phehlukwayo (4) was dismissed for a run. At the same time, Miller batted vigorously in the last few overs. Dwayne Pretorius supported him from the other end. The duo shared a partnership of 44 runs in 43 balls, after which Pretorius was dismissed after scoring 20 runs. Keshav Maharaj (6), Miller (39) and Sisanda Magala (0) were also dismissed early and returned to the pavilion, as South Africa were reduced to 287 runs in 49.5 overs. The most famous of India’s Krishna took three wickets in his name. At the same time, Deepak Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets each, while Yuzvendra Chahal took one wicket.

[Attribution to NBT]

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