South Africa outclass India to draw series
South Africa won the third and the final ODI comfortably to draw the series 1-1 against the hosts India.
After the first game got abandoned due to rain, it was a do or die game for the visitors South Africa as they lost the second game. But Quinton de Kock and his men lived up the expectations completely as they outclassed the hosts with an emphatic win.
Indian captain Virat Kohli opted to bat first surprisingly after winning the toss and the captain confessed that he did it deliberately to challenge the batting department in a difficult condition. However, the batsmen couldn’t live up to the expectations of the skipper as India managed to score only 134 runs with the loss of 8 wickets.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan was the only man who looked in good touch and departed after a well-made 36 off just 25 balls. After his departure, no batsman could show resistance even the skipper who was dismissed for 9. Kagiso Rabada picked up three wickets, the highest for South Africa while Hendricks and Fortuin picked up two each.
In reply, the chase was all too easy for the visitors courtesy of a brilliant knock from the captain himself. With 6 fours and 5 sixes, de Kock hammered an unbeaten knock of 79 off just 52 balls. Temba Bavuma supported him well on his debut and remained unbeaten on 27 to take South Africa over the line.