Virat Kohli and his Men in Blue beat South Africa yet again in the third One Day International match at Cape Town on February 7, 2018.

The India skipper yet again found form and struck a beautiful century and remained unbeaten after scoring 160 runs. He was at the crease for 220 minutes, faced just 159 deliveries, and hit 12 boundaries along with two huge sixes. This is his second hundred in three games in this series. Kohli ensured that after taking the lead of 3-0 in the ODI series, he can't lose it now.

India bats first

Earlier India won the toss and decided to bat first on a tricky Cape Town pitch. The Indian batsmen yet again failed to take advantage of the fresh track, but Kohli was standing like a rock at one end.

Surprisingly apart from Kohli and Dhawan none of the Indian players such as Dhoni, Rahane, Jadhav, and Pandya clicked as they failed miserably in this match.

India ended up scoring a winning score of 303 runs for the loss of six wickets in 50 overs. Shikar Dhawan gave Kohli good company with a score of 76 runs. No other Indian batsmen were able to stand and play a good knock. Opener Rohit Sharma was out for a duck when the score was zero.

After Rohit Sharma got out, Kagiso Rabada even got Virat Kohli out for LBW. The umpire had even given him out too, but Kohli was confident he was not out, and he reviewed. The slow-motion camera's revealed that the ball had nicked the bat before hitting his pads and he was given not-out!

South Africa fails to chase 303 runs

It was expected that the hosts, whose players are very familiar with the pitch will chase the required runs or at least give a tough fight.

But the South African batting collapsed right from the start, and they were all-out for just 179 runs giving the visitors a solid 124 runs win.

JP Duminy was the highest scorer for South Africa with 51 runs, while Miller and Markram scored 25 and 32 runs respectively. At one time they were cruising along and were at 79 runs for one wicket, but later slowly the Indian bowlers prevailed over them.

Indian bowlers shine

Indian wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and YS Chahal took four wickets each and ensured the visitors wouldn't come anywhere near the target score of 304 runs to win. In their nine overs, Chahal gave away 46 runs while Yadav skittled the four wickets for just 23 runs.

Now South Africa needs to win all the remaining games to ensure they do not lose this series. The big consolation for them is that they won the three-Test series by 2-1.

ODI and Twenty20 series

After this series, there will be a Twenty20 series of three games.

India has already announced a 16-member swad for the shortest format of the game. Suresh Raina is back in the team. Kohli also is back after he took a break because of his wedding with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma.

The fourth ODI will be played on February 10, 2018, at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg followed by the fifth ODI on Feb 13th.

The first of the three Twenty20 will begin from Feb 18, 2018, in Johannesburg, and the Indian tour will conclude with the third T20 on Feb 24.

IPL 2018

Meanwhile, the Indian Premier League is just around the corner and the players' auction was held in Bengaluru last month.

While the Chennai Super Kings retained three of their star players MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambir was surprisingly bought by the Delhi Daredevils for his base price of Rs 2 crore. Reportedly, he himself had requested the KKR management not to bid for him in the auction.

There are changes in the match timings this time which reportedly all the 8 IPL franchise's are opposing. Earlier the match timings were 4 PM, and 8 PM and from this year, the timings were changed to 5 PM and 7 PM.

Star India, the official IPL broadcaster, had requested the BCCI for a change in timing. #Cricket #ind vs sa #star sports