South Africa hold nerve in thriller to whitewash India

Brief scores: South Africa 287/10 (Quinton de Kock 124, Rassie van der Dussen 52; Prasidh Krishna 3/59, Jasprit Bumrah 2/52, Deepak Chahar 2/53) beat India 283/10 (Virat Kohli 65, Shikhar Dhawan 61, Deepak Chahar 54; Andile Phehlukwayo 3/40, Lungi Ngidi 3/58) by 4 runs

Statistical highlights of South Africa vs India 3rd ODI 2022

  • Deepak Chahar’s second ODI half-century (a 34-ball 54) gave India more than a glimmer of hope of denying South Africa a 3-0 series sweep. However, with 10 runs needed and with three wickets in hand, Lungi Ngidi swung the match decisively South Africa’s way with the wicket of Chahar, who miscued an inside-out drive off a slower ‘un and was caught by Dwaine Pretorius at point. Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal also fell in subsequent overs trying, unsuccessfully, to clear the infield, as the home team secured a four-run win to whitewash India 3-0.
  • The victory was South Africa’s 49th in ODIs against India and their 25th against the same opposition on home soil.
  • Chasing 288, India strung together crucial partnerships to stay in the hunt. Eventually, however, South Africa were the team who struck the decisive blows in a see-sawing contest to complete a clean sweep.
  • Former captain Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan shared a 98-run partnership for the second wicket, providing the visitors with a solid base in the run-chase of 288. Kohli made his 64th ODI half-century (a 84-ball 65), while Dhawan made a 73-ball 61, his 35th ODI fifty.
  • However, India lost both batsmen during a 10-over spell between overs 23 and 32 as South Africa clawed their way back into the contest. Rishabh Pant fell for a first-ball duck between Dhawan and Kohli’s dismissals, leaving Shreyas Iyer and the returning Suryakumar Yadav to rebuild the innings.
  • India had two more substantial partnerships, including a 55-run eighth-wicket stand between Chahar and Bumrah, but South Africa broke through each time the match seemed to be slipping out of their grasp and sealed a thrilling win.
  • Earlier, Quinton de Kock’s 17th ODI century helped South Africa post 287 after India captain KL Rahul won the toss and chose to field first.
  • De Kock married his typical aggression with caution as he stitched together a 144-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Rassie van der Dussen, who himself made 52. The wicketkeeper-batsman struck 12 fours and two sixes in his 130-ball knock.
  • It was his sixth ODI hundred against India and de Kock also brought up 1000 ODI runs against the same opposition.
  • De Kock’s dismissal triggered a South African collapse as they slipped from 214 for four to 287 all-out, giving India the momentum at the changeover. For the visitors, Prasidh Krishna was the star with the ball with figures of 9.5-0-59-3 in his comeback outing.
  • De Kock’s century earned the man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series awards as he finished top of the run chart with 229 runs in three innings. Andile Phehlukwayo was the leading wicket-taker of the ODI series with six scalps as he picked a three-for in the final ODI.
  • The defeat keeps India winless under Rahul’s captaincy.