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South Africa beat India by 18 runs in Rajkot

South Africa beat India by 18 runs in the third ODI to go 2-1 up in the five-match series.

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Morne Morkel, with figures of 4/39, was pick of the bowlers for South Africa on Sunday. (Source: PTI)

India got off to a good start in the 271-run chase but lost their way in the middle overs. It wasn’t the wickets they lost but the tight overs which South Africa produced. During a steady Virat Kohli-MS Dhoni stand, boundaries were not coming and the asking rate shot to over 9 in the last ten overs. Morne Morkel (4/39) bounced India out in the final overs and didn’t allow them to go for the shots. South Africa, with the 18-run win, lead the five-match series 2-1.

Scorecard: India vs South Africa

The match, as it happened

2130 hrs IST: ALL OVER! South Africa beat India by 18 runs in the third ODI in Rajkot on Sunday. They now lead the five-match series 2-1

2105 hrs IST: WICKET! 2/2 for Morkel. Similar shot from Rahane and he too finds Miller. India lose their sixth. Looks like game over now

2104 hrs IST: WICKET! Morkel pitches it short, Kohli pulls but finds Miller in the deep. India lose their fifth wicket

2100 hrs IST: Rabada bowls a tight over. India need 55 from the last five overs now

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2053 hrs IST: WICKET! Raina fails to make good connection and is out without troubling the scorers. His mistimed big shot finds Miller in the deep. Tahir picks the wicket

2050 hrs IST: India need 70 from 42 balls. Kohli and Raina in the middle for hosts

2042 hrs IST: Suresh Raina is the new man in. India need 78 from 48 now

2041 hrs IST: WICKET! Big wicket in the context of the game. South Africa break the stand as Dhoni players a Morkel delivery to Steyn. 193/3

2037 hrs IST: Helicopter shot is history, Dhoni’s bat can fly

2036 hrs IST: Two finest ODI finishers – Kohli and Dhoni – in the middle for India. This situation is like been there, done that for them

2035 hrs IST: A wicket here will put a lot of pressure on India. Not easy for a new batsman to start hitting from the word go

2030 hrs IST: Exciting finish on the cards? India need 86 from the last 60 balls. Set pair of Kohli and Dhoni in the middle

2010 hrs IST: Fifty-run partnership between Kohli and Dhoni comes up, off 74 balls. Both doing a fine job so far

2000 hrs IST: That’s FIFTY for Virat Kohli. He last scored 50-plus in ODIs eight months ago, in the World Cup when he smashed a ton against Pakistan

1950 hrs IST: 150 up for India in the 31st over

1945 hrs IST: Kohli and Dhoni stitching a partnership in the middle. Both are off to solid starts

1935 hrs IST: Bit of hesitation from Dhoni there. Direct-hit and he was gone

1915 hrs IST: WICKET! Duminy takes a sharp catch off his own bowling to get rid of Rohit. India lose their second, 113/2

1908 hrs IST: Rohit puts the dancing shoes on and hits it for a big, straight six. Also brings up his FIFTY

1900 hrs IST: India 84/1 after 18 overs. Kohli and Rohit doing a fine job. Scoring at a brisk rate

1840 hrs IST: In-form Rohit looking fluent today. All at ease in the middle. Timing the ball sweetly

1831 hrs IST: No Rahane. It’s Virat Kohli at No.3 today

1830 hrs IST: WICKET! Morkel rewarded for a fine spell. Dhawan goes for the drive but edges it to AB, who takes a sharp, low catch behind the stumps. India 40/1

1820 hrs IST: Morkel bowls a tight maiden. India off to a quiet start, chasing South Africa’s 270 in Rajkot

1810 hrs IST: Mix-up. Could have been another run-out. No casualties. India 30/0 after 6.3 overs. Chants of ‘India, India’ get lowder in Rajkot. They are cheering every run

1806 hrs IST: India 18/0 after five overs. South Africa, at the same stage, were 30/0

1800 hrs IST: Dhawan yet to get going in the series. Has got off to starts but no big score. Good chance to get back among the runs. Still a good strip for batting

1750 hrs IST: Rabada bending his back in the middle. Bowling in the early 140s

1745 hrs IST: India openers Dhawan and Rohit out in the middle for the chase

1709 hrs IST: Behardien finishes the innings with a six. South Africa end with 270/7. Good effort by India to restrict the visitors to this total

1707 hrs IST: Steyn, in an attempt to steal a double, is run-out South Africa lose their seventh wicket

1700 hrs IST: South Africa bring up the 250 in 49th over

1649 hrs IST: WICKET! Duminy goes for the big one but plays the Mohit delivery to Raina, who takes a sharp low catch in the deep. Everything going India’s way in the last ten overs. Runs just not coming for the visitors

1638 hrs IST: Six overs to go, South Africa 231/5. India have done a fine job with quick strikes

1626 hrs IST: WICKET! Axar into the attack, and he keeps it straight. AB tries to cut off the stumps but the ball clips the pad first. Loud appeal, and the finger goes up. South Africa lose three in a hurry. 210/5

1624 hrs IST: WICKET! India pick two in a hurry. De Kock is run-out now. Two new men in the middle for South Africa

1619 hrs IST: WICKET! Du Plessis goes down on one knee, wanted to scoop it fine but presents an easy catch to B Kumar off Mohit. Out for 60

1617 hrs IST: 100 for De Kock, his 7th in ODIs and fourth against India. Time for some hitting. Into the death overs now

1615 hrs IST: Nearing ton, De Kock eating up some crucial deliveries in the middle

1610 hrs IST: De Kock dealing in singles at the moment. He wants that hundred bad. Has been in a lean patch off late

1600 hrs IST: India need a wicket here. South Africa have laid a solid foundation for the likes of AB de Villiers and Duminy to explode at death

1558 hrs IST: FIFTY! Faf du Plessis has changed the course of the game with a 52-ball 50 and is still keen on getting more.

1555 hrs IST: While Faf du Plessis is inching closer to his fifty, Quinton de Kock is closing in on a hundred.

1537 hrs IST: South Africa’s run-rate has once again gone above five runs per over.

1526 hrs IST: Dropped. Suresh Raina drops Faf after he gets a leading edge. South Africa still 2 down

1522 hrs IST: A brilliant back of the hand slower one from Mohit Sharma to dismiss Faf du Plessis. But the front-foot is ahead of the crease. Faf stays and India are disappointed.

15 19 hrs IST: There is ample security in Rajkot.

1518 hrs IST: South Africa building a small partnership here. Faf and De Kock playing steadily.

1508 hrs IST: Faf du Plessis has to lead his team out of the spot now. While De Kock looks set, Du Plessis need to support the wicket-keeper batsman.

1457 hrs IST: FIFTY! Quinton de Kock has finally arrived and at what time. SA need a big one from him

1449 hrs IST: WICKET! Amit Mishra draws Hashim Amla forward and the batsman is beaten. MS Dhoni whips the bails quickly. South Africa 87/2.

1441 hrs IST: South Africa take drinks. They are 83/1 after 17 overs with Quinton de Kock at 45* and Hashim Amla at 3*.

1437 hrs IST: Quinton de Kock has spent time in the middle. He is looking good for a fifty. A return to form.

1427 hrs IST: WICKET! And finally the moment that everyone was looking for. Bhajji gives the ball a little bit of air and Miller mistimes it. Rahane does the rest at point.

1411 hrs IST: The pitch looks a ‘batting paradise’ and the Proteas have made the most of it. India need wickets ASAP!

 

1403 hrs IST: Just 7 overs bowled and Harbhajan is into the attack.

1358 hrs IST: So India yet to make a breakthrough, South Africa steady so far.

1335 hrs IST: Meanwhile, PAAS leader Hardik Patel is detained outside the stadium.

1334 hrs IST: David Miller is promoted at the top of the order which is nothing short of surprise.

1307 HRS IST: India lose toss and MS Dhoni reveals Umesh Yadav is dropped and Amit Mishra will replace him. South Africa remain unchanged.

Build up

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