A 10-hour drive from Cape Town lies the capital of South Africa's Northern Cape Province - Kimberley. The hosts were bowled out for 170 before the daylight had completely faded at the foot of Table Mountain.
However, for South Africa, pacer Lungi Ngidi and right-handed batsman Heinrich Klaasen will make a debut, replacing injured Quinton de Kock and Morne Morkel. That India had won 11 of their previous 12 chases probably influenced South Africa's decision. The 29-year-old during his innings ran 100 singles displaying his fitness and red-hot form.
Kohli has been simply unstoppable in the 50-over format of late and today's match-winning effort was his fourth three-figure score in the last six ODI s.
Kohli's innings was the fulcrum around which India put up a sizeable 303 for 6 after being put in to bat, and with the wrist-spinners proving to be as mystifying to the South Africans as hieroglyphics, the home team was stopped at just 179 in 40 overs. Shikhar Dhawan too stood out with a fluent 76 off 63 balls.
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Even though India began losing wickets at regular intervals after Dhawan's dismissal, Kohli kept taking the attack to the Proteas' bowling line-up. The pitch slowed up markedly throughout the innings and no other batsman would get more than a modest start but Kohli the warrior titan surged on. Incidentally, among Indian batsmen, only Ganguly had scored a hundred on this ground earlier.
The Newlands faithful turned out in their droves. Kohli and other batsmen have followed the lead of bowlers and this third ODI could prove to be the most decisive match. From then on, it was a familiar downward spiral for South Africa.
South Africa chase started on the wrong foot with Jasprit Bumrah trapping opener Hashim Amla with his first delivery of the innings in the second over. The ball angling in and nipping further back has had Amla in trouble and he seems to have no answers against the Indian paceman even after a month of cricket.
South Africa Women (From): Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty (w), Mignon du Preez, Dane van Niekerk (c), Chloe Tryon, Marizanne Kapp, Sune Luus, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Andrie Steyn, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Zintle Mali. Just imagine these matches were on subcontinental tracks! This is going to be a do or die match for South Africa because if India wins this match then making a comeback in the series would be impossible for the host. Coach Ottis Gibson was relaxed after his first few successful Test matches but he will be anything but relaxed now.