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South African batsman David Miller. For India it will be an opportunity to script history by winning first ever ODI series in South Africa against the Proteas, a feat previously achieved by only Australia. The defeat for India means they will have to wait to seal their historic series win in South Africa for now. In the process, they put the feared Indian spinners to the sword as the two went for 119 runs in 11.3 overs although they took three wickets between them and it turned what looked like being a very tight finish into a relatively comfortable victory that was achieved with 15 balls to spare. Which they did, beating South Africa's women cricket team by 88 runs in the first match.

Kuldeep was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Chahal, Bumrah and Pandya claimed one wicket each. There were several intriguing moments throughout the game. Two balls later, Chahal foxed Miller completely to have him bowled, only for replays to reveal that he had overstepped.

The pitch at the Wanderers has traditionally favoured the batsmen. Led by a miserly Kagiso Rabada, they conceded only 92 runs in the last 16 overs and earned themselves a target of 290.

"In the second innings when the game was placed after the interval, we got a difference of 35 between runs and balls, it was nearly a T20 game".

Kohli was gutted to have lost, and said: "The second innings, we got a difference of 35 between runs and balls". After a couple of impressive half-centuries in Centurion and Cape Town, the Delhi-born cricketer slammed his way to his thirteenth ton in One Day Internationals. Not so much. A century on his 100th ODI needs no added frills, not after it came with the addendum that he was the first Indian to do so, but sending out a message that he isn't as one-dimensional as he seems must have felt sweet.

Kohli and Dhawan's partnership threatened to take the game away from the Proteas. Kohli's wicket though, was the result of some good, pressure-building bowling.

However, even he couldn't get going and could only muster 42 runs off 43 balls.

Significantly, Dhoni scored just 10 runs in 22 balls in the third ODI played on Wednesday. But now great news for South Africa side- Modern master AB de Villiers returns for the final three ODI's of this Bilateral series. The Proteas will be hoping that De Villiers who is likely to play the fourth ODI will be able to stop the Indian spate of victories. He had a short stint at the crease during their run-chase, however, he threatened in the brief phase with some clean strokes.

The left handed opening batsman scored 109 from 105 balls. That day Rohit Sharma had struggled against the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, scoring just 18 off 43 balls.



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