23rd January 2022 – It took 193 balls for the Indian bowlers to take the wicket of Van der Dussen in this ODI series, as he holed out to Chahal in the 3rd ODI. But even then, he had his fifty before getting out.
Earlier in the day, India won the coin toss and elected to field first, bringing in as many as 4 changes to the team. Bowlers, Bhuvanewshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur and Ashwin were rested along with all round player Venkatesh Iyer.
Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Jayant Yadav and Surya Kumar Yadav were added to the team in their place.
Being asked to bat first, South Africa did not get a start they would have liked as Chahar took out Janneman Malan in the first delivery of his second over. The skipper, Temba Bavuma coming in at three was caught short of the crease by his Indian counterpart as KL Rahul fired a direct hit at the non strikers’ end.
Aiden Markram, once again failed to arrive in the game as he could only add 15 runs to his tally.He went for a big shot but couldn’t execute it, and could only manage to hit it to Ruturaj who moved to his left to complete a good catch.
Just as it looked like India would run through the remaining batters, de Kock, and van der Dussen stormed SA back into the game with a 144 run stand. Soon enough de Kock reached to his seventeenth ODI hundred and sixth against India with a drive through covers.
However de Kock’s brilliant knock came to an end, as was caught off Bumrah after playing 130 balls getting 124 runs. He had hit 12 gorgeous fours and 2 sixes in his knock.
Once the partnership broke, India managed to get the other settled batsmen, van der Dussen courtesy a stunning catch by Shreyas Iyer, as the batsman got out for the first time in the series.
Soon Phehlukwayo was caught short of the crease by Shreyas Iyer, while looking for a risky single.
South Africa ended their first innings at 287. For India, Prashid Krishna took 3 wickets, Chahar and Bumrah ended with two wickets a piece, and Jayant Yadav picked one wicket.
After loosing the series 2-0, India would very much like to make it 2-1, by winning this match.
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