Rohit Sharma 0 continued his poor run in this ODI series and was caught behind off the sixth ball he faced. The three-time ODI double-centurion now averages 12.10 in 10 innings on South African soil and has an ODI high score of only 23. Dhawan and Kohli then came together, and piled on the runs, almost continuing from where they had left off in the previous match.
Kohli reaffirmed his status as an ODI great with an unbeaten 160 off 159 balls on a challenging surface, propelling India to 303 for six. It was the 34th ODI hundred for the Indian captain, who is now 15 shy of Sachin Tendulkar's mark of 49. Kohli has been simply unstoppable in the 50-over format of late and today's match-winning effort was his fourth three-figure score in the last six ODIs. It was also his second hundred of the series and third of the tour. While most Indian batsmen struggled after South Africa opted to bowl, Kohli made batting look easy. Shikhar Dhawan too stood out with a fluent 76 off 63 balls.
South Africa started the chase on a promising note with captain Aiden Markram 32 and JP Duminy 51 sharing a 78-run stand for the second wicket. But most of their runs came against the pacers and when Indian spinners got into the act, it was a familiar story as South Africa surrendered to Yuzvendra Chahal 446 and Kuldeep Yadav 423 to end way behind at 170 all out in 40 overs.The South African batsmen failed to pick India's wily wrist-spinners, as was the case in the first two ODIs.
The slide began with the fall of Markram, who was stumped by MS Dhoni after getting beaten by a flighted delivery from Yadav. It happened to be Dhoni's 400th dismissal in ODIs as he became only the fourth wicket-keeper to reach that milestone in ODIs. Not reading the spinners led to South African batsmen being defensive which pushed the run-rate up. From a healthy 79 for one in the 17th over, the hosts were reduced to 129 for five in the 33rd over, ending all their hopes of a recovery.
Motivated by Virat Kohli's unbeaten 160-run knock, wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav claimed four wickets each as India defeated South Africa by 124 runs in the third ODI to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the six-match series on Wednesday. it was a familiar story as South Africa surrendered to Yuzvendra Chahal (4/46) and Kuldeep Yadav (4/23) to end way behind at 170 all out in 40 overs.