Virat Kohli (160 not out) and the wrist-spinning duo of Kuldeep Yadav (4/23) and Yuzvendra Chahal (4/46) starred as India thrashed South Africa by 124 runs to win the third ODI in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Chasing 304 runs to win, South Africa were bundled out for just 179 runs. With the victory at the New Lands, India has taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. There is no way they can lose the series now, but South Africa can come back and level the series if they win the next three games.
Twitter has lauded the efforts of Kohli and the wrist spinners while the South African batting was slammed for their poor outing.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions:
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 7, 2018
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 7, 2018
Dominating the ODIs is our #TeamIndia!
Congrats @imkuldeep18 and @yuzi_chahal on once again bamboozling the batsmen. Brilliant work. @msdhoni bhai congrats on crossing 400 dismissals in ODI cricket! 🧤 🧤 👍👌🇮🇳👌✌️
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) February 7, 2018
Wickets around SA definitely turn more these days, also a common trend players struggle against spin domestically.
— Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) February 7, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 7, 2018
Kohli se darr nahi lagta sahab, Kuldeep aur Chahal se lagta h~ SA batsmen#INDvSA
— Sunil – the cricketer (@1sInto2s) February 7, 2018
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) February 7, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 7, 2018
considering how the 3rd odi played out at the moment India should just let Virat Kohli bat and challenge south africa to chase down his score#INDvsSA
— Raghav Chopra (@RaghavChopra_) February 8, 2018
At the end of the 3rd ODI
SA :562 runs
Virat Kohli :318runs#SAvIND
— Anurag Rekhi (@Dravidict) February 7, 2018
Kohli now needs 16 more hundreds to break Tendulkar’s record. He isn’t 30 yet #SAvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) February 7, 2018
— cricBC (@cricBC) February 7, 2018
What South Africans need is a good interpreter who can translate Dhoni's instructions from behind the stumps #SAvsIND
— The Goan Patiala 🥃 (@TheGoanPatiala) February 7, 2018
South Africa should not be allowed to play without AB
— Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) February 7, 2018
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) February 7, 2018
For South Africa, wrist spin is still speaking a different language……
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 7, 2018
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) February 7, 2018
Virat Kohli is just Sachin Tendulkar in a rush. #SAvIND
— Sand-d Singh (@Sand_In_Deed) February 7, 2018