The third of the three One Day International games between India and South Africa was abandoned yesterday due to rain. South Africa had already beaten the Indian team that is currently on its South African tour in the first two ODIs.
While South Africa had already won the ODI series with two out of the three possible wins, the Indian team had been hoping to end it on 2 – 1 rather than 3 – 0. This, however, did not happen. The game began with the South African team batting, and was then rained out and abandoned. The ODI series ended with 2 – 0 to the South African team.
South Africa had managed to set a 302 run target for the Indian team, and the Indian team did not get a chance to bat, even though the pitch conditions were far more suited to the Indian team.
While the South African de Kock played well with just over a century, he was bowled out by Ishant Sharma. Sharma bowled de Kock out on his 99th wicket, and now has a total of 100 wickets. He is the fifth fasted player from India to have reached 100 wickets.
After the match, MS Dhoni had the following to say: “We were positive about our chances in the chase, however we had not chased well in the first two ODIs. This was a good wicket. We had a few positives out of the game, we got early wickets and exposed their middle order a bit. We need to adjust to the conditions ahead of the Tests. Playing ODIs first helped us. We got used to the pace and bounce on these pitches. Need to do well in the Tests.”
He further commented: “Ishant was expensive in the Australian series, but he worked hard with the bowling coach and played well in a domestic game. South Africa are a very good side, they have Kallis playing as an all-rounder and that gives them balance to play 5 bowlers. Some of their batsmen are exceptionally talented as well.”