New Delhi, October 12 (SO News/Agency) India defeated South Africa by seven wickets in the third ODI on Tuesday thanks to Shubman Gill’s 49-run innings after the brilliant performance of the spin bowlers. Won the series 2-1. Batting first, the South African team was reduced to 99 runs, after which India achieved the target of 100 runs in 19.1 overs with the loss of three wickets.
For India, the spinners performed brilliantly and took eight wickets. Kuldeep Yadav took four wickets while Shahbaz Ahmed and Washington Sundar took two wickets each. Apart from this, Mohammad Siraj also took two wickets. Gill chased down the target with a 57-ball 49 with eight fours, although he missed his fourth fifty in ODI cricket and was dismissed just three runs short of the target. Shreyas Iyer then hit a six to lead India to victory.
India won the toss and decided to bowl and the spinners dominated South Africa from the start. Sundar dismissed opener Quinton de Kock for six runs in the third over of the innings.
Mohammad Siraj took the wickets of Yaniman Malan (15) and Reza Hendricks (03) but the subsequent innings was entirely in the name of the spinners. Shahbaz dismissed Aiden Markram for nine runs while Sundar bowled skipper David Miller for seven runs. Henrik Klaasen tried to take South Africa to a respectable score but he too fell victim to Shehbaz after scoring 34 off 42 balls with the help of four fours.
Kuldeep (18/4) took the wickets of Bevan Forton and Onrik Narkhia without conceding a run in the 26th over. Eight South African batsmen failed to reach double figures and with the wicket of Marco Johnson (14) falling, the Proteas were reduced to 99 runs in 27.1 overs. This is South Africa’s lowest score against India and their fourth lowest in ODI cricket.
Chasing the target, India got off to a fast start and Gill added 42 runs in six overs for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan, however, was unfortunately run out on a personal score of eight runs. Dhawan managed just 25 runs in the three-match series with personal scores of four, 13 and eight.
Coming in to bat at number three, Kishan (10) hit two fours but Fortin had them caught by wicketkeeper de Kock. Iyer, who then came to the wicket, shared a 39-run partnership with Gill for the third wicket. With India needing three runs, Gill was caught off Langi Ngidi for 49. After that, Iyer hit a six to give India victory. Iyer hit three fours and two sixes in an unbeaten innings of 28 runs off 23 balls while Sanju Samson remained not out with two runs. With this win, India won the ODI series 2-1.