Cape Town: Former India captain Virat Kohli scored a half-century in the third ODI against South Africa. Although it was not enough for India to win the game, it definitely came the occasion of joy for Virat’s family.
Anushka Sharma and daughter Vamika were seen cheering for Kohli as he smashed his fifty in Cape Town. King Kohli dedicated his half-ton to his daughter, who was seen in public for the first time.
India suffered an ODI series whitewash of 3-0 after losing the third and final match against South Africa by four runs here at the Newlands Cricket ground on Sunday.
Chasing 288 to avoid a series whitewash against Proteas, the visitors did not get an ideal start losing captain KL Rahul in the fifth over for 9 caught by Janneman Malan of Lungi Ngidi’s bowling with only 18 runs on the board. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli then stitched a partnership as India went past the 50-run mark in the tenth over. The duo soon notched up a fifty run stand scoring runs at a brisk pace. Dhawan went on to score his 35th ODI fifty and his second of the series.
In the same over Rishabh Pant got out to a golden duck leaving India in a spot of bother at 118 for 3. The loss of two wickets in quick succession did not deter Kohli as he went on to score his 64th ODI half-century.
Kohli along with Shreyas Iyer took India’s total beyond the 150-run mark. Kohli-Shreyas partnership did not last long as Kohli was dismissed for 65 of a leading-edge caught in the off-side by Bavuma of Keshav Maharaj’s bowling.
Brief scores: SA 287/10 (Quinton de Kock 124, Rassie van der Dussen 52; Prasidh Krishna 3/59, Jasprit Bumrah 2/52, Deepak Chahar 2/53) vs India 283/10 (Virat Kohli 65, Shikhar Dhawan 61, Deepak Chahar 54; Andile Phehukwayo 3/40, Lungi Ngidi 3/58)
first published:Jan. 24, 2022, 10:06 a.m.