Highlights from India vs South Africa 3rd ODI 2022, India defeated South Africa by 7 wickets and wins the series 2-1. Shikhar Dhawan’s decision to bowl first is proving to be a wise one.
India vs South Africa 3rd ODI Highlights
India beat South Africa by seven wickets in the third One-Day International (ODI) in New Delhi.
The series was now 2-1 in India’s favor. Dhawan and Shubman Gill got India off to a fast start, chasing down a tiny 100-run target.
While Dhawan was replaced at 8, Gill went on to earn 49 points.
The in-form Shreyas Iyer then put the final touches on the performance, as India finished the run-chase in 19.1 overs.
Earlier in the day, Indian spinners destroyed the South African batters, dismissing them for 99 in 27.1 overs, their lowest ODI total.
With four wickets in 4.1 overs, Kuldeep Yadav was the most successful wicket-taker.
South Africa never got into the game, with wickets falling regularly.
After Shikhar Dhawan summoned the visitors to bat, Washington Sundar dismissed Quinton de Kock early in the sixth inning. Malan and Reeza Hendricks were then soon ousted by Mohammed Siraj.
Aiden Markram knocked out on nine against Shahbaz Ahmed, similarly failed to impress. Sundar demolished stand-in skipper David Miller on the seventh.
Kuldeep soon removed the tailenders.
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Kuldeep (4-18), Shahbaz (2-32), and Washington (2-15) spun a cruel web on a surface that had moisture and made batting tough, justifying captain Shikhar Dhawan’s choice to bowl first following a 30-minute delay created by a wet outfield.
South Africa has bowled out for 99 in 27.1 overs, their lowest ODI total against India, the spin troika, and Mohammed Siraj’s 2-17.
It is also the lowest ODI total at this venue, with the visitors losing their final six wickets for 33 runs.
India vs South Africa 3rd ODI brief
India’s decision to begin the bowling with Washington paid off in the third over, as Quinton de Kock cut hard and dropped a routine catch to the short third man.
Janneman Malan got things underway with a luscious cover drive off Siraj. Malan danced down the pitch in his next over, landing the draw on a simple short ball through square leg for another four.
He elevated the quality of his strokes by leaning into the additional drive-through cover off Siraj for his third four of the day.
Malan tried to draw another fast short ball by Siraj from off-stump on the following delivery but top-edged to deep square-leg.
With South Africa at 26/3 at the end of the power play, a tiring Reeza Hendricks tried to fight off a bouncer from Siraj but has caught by a short third man on the second try.
Following the power play, India’s bowlers held South Africa’s batters on a tight leash, resulting in Aiden Markram being dragged forward to drive a flighted ball from Shahbaz.
The ball, however, sank, and Markram could only send a tiny edge behind the goalie.
In the 19th over, South Africa’s stand-in skipper David Miller bowled through the gate with a faster delivery from Washington coming from around the wicket.
Kuldeep squeezed Andile Phehlukwayo for space in the following over, with his googly turning in and taking the inner edge to strike the stumps.
Heinrich Klaasen led the way for South Africa, scooping Shahbaz over the fine leg and pulling on the backfoot through mid-wicket for a couple of fours. Klaasen then cut Washington through cover for four more shots.
Klaasen attempted to make room for another cut after clipping Shahbaz beyond the backward point for his fourth boundary.
The left-arm spinner caused the ball to grip, bounce, and turn slightly before crashing into the stumps.
In the 26th over, Kuldeep caught Bjorn Fortuin lbw and rocked Anrich Nortje’s off-stump with back-to-back deliveries.
Then, as Marco Jansen slog-swept to a deep backward square leg, he ended South Africa’s suffering.
Gill activated his aggressive mentality by tugging over the keeper for four runs in the first over.
Shikhar Dhawan started the next over with a smooth drive through extra cover for four off Ngidi.
Then, Gill surprised the spectators with a well-timed on-drive off Ngidi, beating mid-on to pick up another four after cutting Jansen beyond the slip cordon.
When Jansen fell short, Gill punched comfortably beyond cover before delivering the short-arm jab through mid-wicket with flair to collect a hat-trick.
Gill’s timing was impeccable again as he expertly put the pull-off Nortje wide of mid-wicket for four.
A miscue on the first ball of the seventh over resulted in Dhawan getting run out for eight runs. Ishan Kishan smashed fours between point and square leg until Fortuin got one to spin in and take a slight edge behind the keeper.
Iyer joined the boundary-pushing party by slamming Fortuin for a pair of booming fours hit clean down the line.
Gill smashed two more fours, one a crisp drive through the gap at extra cover, and Iyer ramped wide of the keeper for another four, putting India on the cusp of a series triumph.
Despite being stranded lbw by Ngidi, Iyer concluded the chase in style with a six smash down the ground to give India a series victory.