South Africa beat India in Johannesburg, stay alive in series

Virat Kohli wrist spinners dazzle in India's 124-run win over South Africa take unassailable 3-0 lead

The duo added 100 runs off as many balls as South Africa looked lost for ideas with Aiden Markram's leadership inexperience showing in his odd field settings.

Klaasen (43 not out off 27 balls) was not shy to improvise and take on the bowlers and his match-winning contribution will not be forgotten by those lucky enough to be in the Johannesburg cauldron.

But just as they did last time out in Cape Town, Dhawan and Kohli settled the tourists with a 158-run partnership that looked set to punish South Africa.

South Africa began their chase well and neatly notched up 43 without loss after seven overs but, just before another lightning / rain delay, Aiden Markram (22) was out LBW playing across the line to Jasprit Bumrah. "I think they played with a lot of character in the end, they pulled through, they deserved to win", the India captain said. Spinners picked up three wickets for the hosts before yesterday's game - two of those to Duminy, and Imran Tahir, recently ranked as the best ODI bowler in the world, had claimed just one. He was outstanding on Saturday too, moving to the fifth place on the list of top ODI run-getters for India, but his wicket for 75 in the 32nd over, minutes before the weather soured, changed the game. It is to be noted that India is not only chasing the first-ever ODI series win in South Africa but also the No. 1 rank in ICC ODI rankings.

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Shikhar Dhawan could not have had a more memorable match, as he became the first Indian to score a hundred on his 100th One-Day International. Despite the availability of hours and hours of footage and scientific analysis system, the South Africans - the pioneers in using technology in the game - have failed to decode the wrist movements of the two spinners.

The left handed opening batsman scored 109 from 105 balls. Hashim Amla all but ended Graeme Swann's career at the Oval in 2012, and it was Amla who dominated India two years earlier by making three consecutive centuries in a two-Test series. India have played four ODIs on this ground and lost on all occasions. It was a handsome piece of leg-spin bowling and could have been the series-clinching delivery, only if Yuzvendra Chahal had managed to keep his foot behind the front line. He steadied the innings with a masterly 160 not out as India amassed 303. With an unassailable 3-0 lead in hand, India need just one more win to claim their maiden ODI series triumph on the South African soil. In his career of four decades as a player, commentator and coach, a series win in South Africa has not happened for India. The very reasonable explanation that the wet outfield made it tougher for spinners to grip - and therefore spin and control the ball - was at odds, however, with persisting with both when two other options were available.

The wicket-keeper batsman only got his chance due to an injury to Quinton de Kock but he has now made it count with a cameo as entertaining as they come.

"The momentum changed after the dropped catch and then a wicket off no-ball". AB de Villiers, who averages 112.50 in five Pink ODIs, replaced Khaya Zondo in the Proteas' XI. A great partnership between Miller and Klaasen.

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