With his 75 runs in the Pink ODI against Aiden Markram-led Proteas side, Kohli also surpassed West Indies' star batsman Chris Gayle (9420 runs). South Africa included a fit-again AB de Villiers in the playing eleven while Morne Morkel replaced Imran Tahir. In the third ODI in Cape Town too, it was Kohli's massive 159-ball 160 along with Dhawan's 63-ball 76 that set the pace for India as the rest of the batting crumbled. Rahane chipped in with a handy 79 in the first ODI, but the rest lower than him only received a chance to bat in the last match, and as predicted, they failed to get going all of a sudden after not getting any match practice in the ODIs.
Their bowling figures were ugly, with Chahal conceding 68 runs in 5.3 overs, and Kuldeep 51 in 6 overs, with economy rates of 12.36 and 8.50 respectively. Morris was playing only his second ODI at home when he first experienced the atmosphere, and he smacked 62 off 38 to win South Africa a chase of 263 from 210 for 8; Kyle Abbott scored just three runs in a 52-run stand. Morris spoke of how Dwaine Pretorius became a hero in his first Pink-Day experience past year.
In addition to keeping the series alive, South Africa also extended their unbeaten streak in pink ODIs, which are used to raise awareness of breast cancer. The happy crowd also got to see a cameo by Phehlukwayo who hit three giant sixes in his 5-ball 23-run innings. The 32-year-old brought up the second consecutive century stand of over 100 runs with skipper Virat Kohli as he became the first Indian batsman to score a century on his 100th appearance and ninth overall. The wiry spinner seemed to have read the batsman's intentions and bowled a leg-break wide of the off-stump which, after turning, moved nearly outside the cut strip. It was the opening Test between Proteas and India where South Africa led the tournament by 1 - 0 through the winning of the match.
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Speaking at the post-match media conference, Dhawan said: "The main reason (for the loss) was, of course, the dropped catch and then a wicket off no-ball". When he got out I wanted to accelerate but we lost 2-3 wickets immediately.
India managed only 83 runs in their last 87 balls as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
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"I just said to Aiden Markram now that two weeks ago I told my missus that I don't have tickets for the game and now this. Especially Miller and their wicket keeper batted very well, when we got AB I thought we were in the game, but those two guys took the game away from us". Sometimes luck favours the opposition too and not just our side. "My support is always with them", Dhawan said. It favoured Miller and he took it with both hands and he smacked lots of boundaries and the momentum changed. Both these Indian wrist spinners managed to bamboozle the Proteas batters with some absolute beauties, majority being slower ones. India have only won once back in 2011, courtesy Munaf Patel's heroics as South Africa lost by 1 run while chasing only 190.
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