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Rain had the last laugh in the Third and Final ODI at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. What started off as a passing shower during the innings break continued to play a see saw battle with the groundstaff. Eventually, the rain got too steady for the Umpires to give it up with not a single ball bowled in the second half. Team India missed out in testing itself against the South African bowling attack that was without the fiery duo of Steyn and Morkel.
Earlier in the evening, South Africa had recovered from a precarious position of 28 for 3 in the 9th over to finish strongly at 301 for 8 in the Third and Final ODI at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. 20-year-old Quinton de Kock became the first ever player to score three consecutive centuries in a 3-match ODI Series. De Kock lived a charm’s life as Team India put down atleast two catches of him.He was dropped on 27 by Rahane at short fine leg and then on 43 by Yuvraj at deep mid on.
Skipper AB de Villiers combined with Quinton de Kock to score his century. David Miller provided the blazing finish with an unbeaten fifty in no time.
India had a good start for once with the ball. The first wicket was a lucky one with Hashim Amla falling to a rank full toss from Mohammed Shami in the 5th over. Henry Davids and JP Duminy were edged out to slip by Ishant Sharma in the 8th over. India had SA on the backfoot but the bowlers just couldn’t make further inroads and the fielders failed to latch onto the chances.
Quinton de Kock punished the Indians along with his Skipper AB de Villiers. The duo added 171 runs for the 4th wicket. Quinton de Kock who scored his 4th ODI ton, finished with 101 from 120 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes. He got bowled by an Ishant Sharma slower one. The 29-year-old AB de Villiers scored his 16th ODI century. He got out lbw to Umesh Yadav having ran away with 109 from 101 balls with 6 fours and 5 sixes.
As mentioned before, David Miller came to the party, smashing a quick fifty. With his blazing power, the left-hander scored an unbeaten 56 from just 34 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes. For India, Ishant Sharma had a great day taking 4 for 40 in 10 overs while Mohammed Shami picked up his third consecutive 3-wicket haul.
Video Report of South Africa Vs India, 3rd ODI at Centurion