India overpower Proteas in 3rd ODI

Series sealed Smriti Veda spinners inspire India to 178-run win over South Africa in 2nd ODI

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Kohli also became the first Indian batsman to score a hundred against South Africa at Newlands.

While chasing, Kohli said, it is easier to compartmentalise since the target is already there to be chased.

The fourth ODI begins at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on February 10th, while the rest of the two games will be played at Port Elizabeth and Centurion.

He was content to play the supporting role in a second-wicket stand of 140 with Shikhar Dhawan, who pounded 12 fours in making 76 off 63 balls. Also, the middle-order was largely tested in the previous ODI. A loss to India would see their unbeaten streak snapped.

In return, South Africa were shaky at best. Not only have Chahal and Yadav claimed 21 of the South African wickets, but they have been miserly in their execution too. They've bowled a touch slower than our spinners.

While the history of the last five years says South Africa don't lose in pink, the history of the last nine days says they can't win against wristspin and India's intention will be to reinforce that. "The AB de Villiers factor, let's put it that way". From this point, India can not lose the series.

"They've assessed conditions better than us".

What to expect: Moderately hot and humid day with rain a possibility during the game. The scoreboard pressure got to Dhoni as he stepped out to take on Imran Tahir but miscued his shot into the hands of the long-on fielder. Thus, the South African side collapsed at a mere 125 runs.

The hosts are now trailing the series 0-3 and will look to win at Wanderers to remain in the series. Laura Wolvaardt needs just nine. But Jhulan Goswami bowled the fifth over and took the wicket of Laura Woolvardt (9), becoming the first player to take 200 wickets in women's ODIs. South Africa's Ayabonga Khaka is three away from the mark.

"We made a couple of careless mistakes that led to the defeat".

Earlier, put in to bat, the visitors got off to a flier with Smriti and Poonam Raut (20 off 37; 4X3) putting on 56 runs, before Poonam departed caught behind by Trisha Chetty off pacer Marizanne.

Coming back with such messiah-like expectations can be hard for de Villiers. "There are times when you are tested and it is pleasing to go through it and do well". I don't think there's major plans with different techniques and different tactics against the spinners. Also with the World Cup we had, it is something we are very disappointed with - Hilton Moreeng, South Africa's head coach, on the team's batting woes. "We've got plans of how to counter their spin but we haven't managed to execute". Congrats on going 3-0 up. Still have two points to fight for. Things keep going from bad to worse for South Africa, who now also have to deal with de Kock being ruled out of the series along with du Plessis.

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