Dec 11, 2013
After hours of rain, the umpires have finally called off the game. So India proceed to the Test series without any victory in their bag. To recap, it was phenomenal performance by South Africa with Quinton de Kock scoring his third consecutive hundred and a ton by skipper AB de Villiers. The Proteas posted 301 in their 50 overs. During the innings break, it was drizzling and the rain got heavier.
It’s raining at Centurion and the start of the Indian innings has been delayed. Reports coming in that it is just a passing shower and play will resume shortly. India will be chasing 302 to register their first victory in this series.
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In the last 12 ODI games (from Oct) India have conceded on an average 302 runs fielding 1st and 306 runs while fielding 2nd #SAvInd
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 11, 2013
SA 301/8 | Overs 50 | Miller 56*, Tsotsobe 1* OUT Parnell 9 (8b) & Philander 0(1b)
Mohammed Shami on the first ball gets the wicket of Wayne Parnell. Miller on the next ball mistimes a shot but it goes the distance for a maximum. He takes a single on the next ball. Vernon Philander, facing his first delivery gets a short one and he attempts it. The bottom edge hits the top of middle stump. 56 from 34 deliveries by Miller.
This is now the 10th time the Indian bowlers have conceded 300 or more in ODIs.
SA 291/7 | Overs 49 | Miller 47*, Parnell 9*
Yet again after making all the efforts, the pacers have given away a loose delivery. After conceding just three in five deliveries, Umesh Yadav bowls a low full-toss and Miller smashes it over long-off for a six.
SA 282/6 | Overs 48 | Miller 40*, Parnell 7*
After a disciplined first three deliveries, Shami bowls a loose one and Miller smashes it over mid-wicket for a boundary. On the last ball Shami comes round the wicket but misses his length. Miller takes full advantage and hits it through extra cover for a boundary.
SA 271/6 | Overs 47 | Miller 35*, Parnell 1* OUT! Ryan McLaren 6 (10b)
Fourth wicket for Ishant Sharma and he completes 100 ODI wickets. It was a slower delivery and McLaren hits it aerially towards mid-wicket where Umesh Yadav took a well-judged catch. Yet another outstanding over from Ishant. A wicket and just two runs from it.
SA 269/5 | Overs 46 | Miller 34*, Ryan McLaren 6*
First ball from Shami is turned behind square by Miller for a boundary. Shami errs again on the fourth delivery as Miller places the ball perfectly between the two men behind square. 12 runs from that over.
SA 257/5 | Overs 45 | Miller 24*, Ryan McLaren 4*
Disciplined over from Ishant Sharma. He almost got Ryan McLaren on the second ball as the batsman played early and the ball lobbed in the air. It flew just over Virat Kohli at mid-off. Just four runs from the over.
SA 253/5 | Overs 44 | Miller 23*, Ryan McLaren 1* OUT! AB de Villiers 109(101b)
De Villiers shuffles across to loft Yadav but the ball hits him on the pads, replays show it would have gone on to hit the leg-stump. Fine innings from the skipper.
SA 248/4 | Overs 43 | AB de Villiers 108*, Miller 20*
Ashwin has been carted for two sixes by de Villiers and Miller. A short delivery by Ashwin and the skipper clobbers it for a six. A ball later Miller comes down the track and sends the ball into the long on stands. 15 runs from the over.
SA 233/4 | Overs 42 | AB de Villiers 100*, Miller 13*
On the first ball of the over, Miller deliberately plays the ball late, gets a thick edge and the ball runs fine past Dhoni for a four. After two balls, Miller gives the strike to the skipper and he wastes no time in completing his 16th ODI hundred.
SA 223/4 | Overs 41 | AB de Villiers 99*, Miller 4*
Dhoni gets back Ravichandran Ashwin. The off-spinner delivers some faster ones, manages to contain the batsmen for five balls. But de Villiers finally manages to make room and loft the ball with a full swing of the bat for six. On 99 now from 95 balls.
SA 213/4 | Overs 40 | AB de Villiers 91*, Miller 2*
Last over of the powerplay and AB de Villiers gets a boundary. the South African skipper has made his intent clear. Came down the track on the last ball and went through with the shot. Yuvraj Singh at mid-off ran backwards and made a good effort to latch on to the ball but it was just beyond his reach. Niune runs from that Ishant Sharma over.
SA 204/4 | Overs 39 | AB de Villiers 83*, Miller 1*
David Miller the new man is off the mark straight away. Perfect platform for an in from de Villiers and the explosive Miller to smash more runs with 12 overs at hand. Five runs from that over from Mohammed Shami.
SA 199/4 | Overs 38 | AB de Villiers 79* OUT! Quinton de Kock 101(120b)
Finally Ishant Sharma gets the big wicket of Quinton de Kock. What an innings by the 20-year-old. Got two reprieves and made the most of it with his third hundred. Ishant maintains his line, de Kock makes room and wants to go for the pull but the ball smashes into the stumps. De Villiers earlier in the over managed to collect a boundary through covers.
Most ODI 100s before first 50 score (50-99) 4 Quinton de Kock (SAf) 3 Dennis Amiss (Eng) 3 Kamran Akmal (Pak) #SAvInd
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 11, 2013
SA 193/3 | Overs 37 | De Kock 100*, AB de Villiers 74*
AB de Villiers takes a single and gives the strike to de Kock. The left-handed batsman waits for a ball and then just softly plays near the crease and sprints for a single. Meanwhile, de Villiers continues to attack, hitting two sixes off Mohammed Shami. The first one is a firm pull which lands in the stands and the last ball is lofted over extra cover for another maximum.
De Kock has joined Zaheer Abbas, Saeed Anwar, Herchelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers to score three consecutive ODI hundreds.
SA 179/3 | Overs 36 | De Kock 99*, AB de Villiers 61*
Powerplay has started and Ashwin faces the brunt of de Villiers. The skipper plays a pre-meditated slog sweep over square-leg for a six. Gets a single on the fourth ball. De Kock goes on to 99 with a single on the fifth as the spectators cheer for him.
De Villiers takes a single on the last ball and retains strike.
SA 168/3 | Overs 35 | De Kock 98*, AB de Villiers 51*
There it is, 34th ODI fifty for AB de Villiers. De Kock has now become the highest scorer in a three-match ODI series. And there’s more to come. The last ball by Virat Kohli is full on the middle stump and de Kock smashes it for a six. Just two away from a century.
SA 158/3 | Overs 34 | De Kock 90*, AB de Villiers 49*
De Villiers nearing his half-century and De Kock nearing his third ton. Four singles on the first four deliveries. The last one is hit in the gap by de Villiers and gets a couple.
SA 152/3 | Overs 33 | De Kock 88*, AB de Villiers 45*
150 up for South Africa. What a fine partnership between these two batsmen. Meanwhile, it’s a relatively quiet over with two singles and a couple scored off Kohli.
SA 148/3 | Overs 32 | De Kock 85*, AB de Villiers 44*
Raina tossed the first ball and de Villiers accepts the challenge gleefully, smashes it through covers for a boundary. Only two more singles. The run-rate is slowly improving as these two accelerate.
SA 142/3 | Overs 31 | De Kock 84*, AB de Villiers 39*
Another change of bowling. Virat Kohli comes in to bowl. And first six of the innings. It’s fuller delivery and De Kock stands firm and just times it over mid-wicket for a six. Looked effortless.
SA 134/3 | Overs 30 | De Kock 77*, AB de Villiers 38*
Suresh Raina into the attack. Comes round the wicket and darts the ball into Quinton de Kock. A full-toss on the fifth ball is worked on the on-side. The partnership has gone beyond 100 now and de Kock is all set for his third consecutive ton.
SA 130/3 | Overs 29 | De Kock 74*, AB de Villiers 37*
Sharp opportunity to send back de Villiers missed. Jadeja bowls a faster one and the batsman tries to go for a drive, gets a big deflection and brushes past Dhoni’s gloves for a single. De Kock on the next ball comes down the track and places the ball perfectly towards mid-wicket for a boundary.
SA 125/3 | Overs 28 | De Kock 70*, AB de Villiers 36*
Ashwin has already started with his stop-action. De Kock on the third ball waits patiently and slaps it past mid-wicket for a couple. A similar delivery on the last ball. It was fractionally shot. De Kock was expecting it, rocks on to the backfoot and pulls towards square-leg for a boundary.
SA 116/3 | Overs 27 | De Kock 63*, AB de Villiers 34*
Both these batsmen are content milking the spinners for runs and playing the aggressive shot occasionally. Four singles. De Kock on the last ball comes down the track and drives but hits straight to covers.
SA 112/3 | Overs 26 | De Kock 61*, AB de Villiers 32*
De Villiers sweeps and gets a couple on the fourth ball. The batsmen keep then scoreboard moving with a few singles.
SA 107/3 | Overs 25 | De Kock 57*, AB de Villiers 31*
A boundary for de Villiers. Makes room and chips the ball over extra-cover for for a boundary. Four singles apart from the boundary. The runs are starting to flow now. Dhoni is desperately looking for a wicket.
SA 99/3 | Overs 24 | De Kock 55*, AB de Villiers 25*
Tight over from Ashwin. Three singles from the over.
SA 96/3 | Overs 23 | De Kock 54*, AB de Villiers 23*
Half-century for Quinton de Kock. Can he convert even this one into a ton? The batsmen are happy taking the singles. On the last ball de Kock waits and drives Jadeja for a boundary.
SA 88/3 | Overs 22 | De Kock 48*, AB de Villiers 21*
Both the batsmen finding it difficult to break free. De Villiers chips the fourth ball in the air over mid-wicket for a single. On the fifth ball, Ashwin slows down the pace and gives the ball more turn. It spins sharply from outside the leg. The odd ball is gripping the surface.
SA 84/3 | Overs 21 | De Kock 46*, AB de Villiers 19*
Good over from Jadeja. His ability to keep bowling according the field contains the opposition to score freely. De Villiers and de Kock content with singles. Four from the over.
SA 80/3 | Overs 20 | De Kock 44*, AB de Villiers 17*
Dropped! second catch grassed by the Indians. De Kock comes down the wicket and mistimes the ball. Yuvraj running backwards made all the efforts to get under the ball, but just at the last moment failed to hang on and floors the catch. De Kock has survived twice now.
SA 77/3 | Overs 19 | De Kock 42*, AB de Villiers 16*
Wicket-to-wicket bowling by Ravindra Jadeja. De Kock on the first ball was beaten by pace. Tidy over, three runs from it.
SA 74/3 | Overs 18 | De Kock 40*, AB de Villiers 15*
Spin for the first time in the match. Ravichandran Ashwin comes in to bowl. De Kock looks restless to get a single. Comes down wicket twice and checks his shot. Finally gets a single. Even de Villiers in the process of checking his shot lobbed the ball past the bowler. Three runs from the over.
SA 71/3 | Overs 17 | De Kock 38*, AB de Villiers 14*
Dropped! Ajinkya Rahane at short fine-leg drops a simple catch which could have sent back Quinton de Kock. It was a well-laid out plan. De Kock pulled the ball accordingly but Rahane grassed it. How costly could that be?
Earlier, Umesh concedes a boundary on the first ball. Pitches it wide and de Kock was in perfect position to drive it through covers.
SA 64/3 | Overs 16 | De Kock 32*, AB de Villiers 13*
Shami keeps de Villiers tied down. The skipper manages to come down the wicket on the fourth ball and directs the ball over covers. There’s protection in the deep and that aggressive shot fetches just a single. The fifth ball is down the legside, de Kock clips it, gets a couple. The ball brushed past Dhoni’s gloves and prevented a certain boundary.
Unlike the previous two ODIs where spinners came into play early, Dhoni has persisted with his pacers. Shami once again has been the most impressive of the three. Ishant has been a much improved bowler today. Umesh has been off colour but got his line back in his fifth over. Nevertheless, Quinton de Kock is still there and has played a matured innings rather than going after the bowling.
SA 60/3 | Overs 15 | De Kock 31*, AB de Villiers 12*
Good yorker first up by Umesh Yadav. De Villiers wasn’t prepared for that one but somehow fends it away. Drives sweetly on the next ball but well fielded by Raina in the covers. Finally gets a single with a one-handed mistimed shot. On the last ball, de Kock plays down the line; another straight drive and another four.
SA 55/3 | Overs 14 | De Kock 27*, AB de Villiers 11*
The second ball of the over from Mohammed Shami is sliding down the leg and brushes the thigh pad of de Kock, keeper and bowler appeal but umpire turns it down. De Kock’s confidence is visible. He is not worried of coming on the front foot and pull the ball. Did exactly the same on the next ball.
SA 53/3 | Overs 13 | De Kock 26*, AB de Villiers 10*
Umesh Yadav is looking off colour today. De Kock drives the first ball for a couple and a ball later pitches is it in the zone for the batsman to dispatch it in front of the wicket for a boundary. Seven runs from the over.
SA 46/3 | Overs 12 | De Kock 19*, AB de Villiers 10*
Ishant is slowly erring in his line. After an accurate first delivery, he delivers a back of length ball which is driven on the up by de Villiers through extra cover for four. Gets a single on the next ball. Slight hesitation on the last ball of the over but the batsmen complete a single.
SA 40/3 | Overs 11 | De Kock 18*, AB de Villiers 5*
Umesh Yadav is back in the attack. Poor first delivery, and de Kock whips it past mid-wicket but there is cover in the deep which allows just a single. Even the fourth delivery was there to be hit; AB de Villiers pulls it straight towards Ishant Sharma at deep fine-leg.
On the last ball, Yadav shapes the ball away from de Kock who tries to drive at the wide delivery and misses it completely.
SA 38/3 | Overs 10 | De Kock 17*, AB de Villiers 4*
Bowling high on confidence, Ishant this time strays in line and pitches the ball in the slot for Ab de Villiers to drive it ferociously through the on-side for a boundary. But the other five dot balls would please MS Dhoni and Ishant.
SA 34/3 | Overs 9 | De Kock 17*, AB de Villiers 0*
Mohammed Shami concedes a wide on either side of the wicket. On the last ball de Kock punches the short of length ball through the line and the ball brushes past Shami’s palms to run away to the boundary.
SA 28/3 | Overs 8 | De Kock 13*, AB de Villiers 0* OUT! Henry Davids 1 (6b) & JP Duminy 0(3b)
Double blow for South Africa. Ishant Sharma gets Henry Davids and JP Duminy in a space of four balls. Davids tentatively defends at ball pitched in the coridor of uncertainty and the ball takes the outside edge, flies towards Suresh Raina at second slip. Ishant welcomes new man JP Duminy with a rising delivery. That kind of aggression was surely missing in the previous two matches. On the fourth ball, Duminy too edges the ball that moves away and Raina takes a sharp low catch.
SA 28/1 | Overs 7 | De Kock 13*, Henry Davids 1*
Mohammed Shami keeps de Kock tied up not giving any width. The batsman mistimed the third ball and almost spooned a catch to covers. Takes a single on the next ball. In the meanwhile, Henry Davids opens his account with a single. Drives to the left of mid-off, Ravindra Jadeja manages to stop it and the batsman completes a single.
SA 25/1 | Overs 6 | De Kock 12*, Henry Davids 0*
Indian pacers seem to have got their length right in this match. Pitching the ball just back of length, Ishant Sharma doesn’t allow de Kock to drive or cut the ball at ease. However, the batsman manages to drive one past mid-on for a couple. De Kock adds one more with a glance towards the leg-side. Three from that over. Davids is yet to get off the mark.
SA 22/1 | Overs 5 | De Kock 9*, Henry Davids 0* OUT! Amla 13(16b)
What a way to get out! Shami gets his release wrong and a high full toss was there to be hit through the leg-side but Amla works it away straight to Yuvraj Singh at square-leg. Lucky break for India. Earlier in the over, a thick outside edge had fetched Amla a boundary.
Henry Davids, who replaced Jacques Kallis is the new batsman at No 3.
SA 18/0 | Overs 4 | Hashim Amla 9*, De Kock 9*
First boundary for de Kock. Short ball from Umesh Yadav and the batsman pulls it through mid-wicket. Great control. Communication between the batsmen has been a bit of issue though. De Kock, yet again plays delicately and calls for a single and changes his mind. De Kock finishes the over with a drive past mid-on for four. He came down the wicket but didn’t time it well, yet had enough power.
SA 10/0 | Overs 3 | Hashim Amla 9*, De Kock 1*
Amla survives. After playing out three deliveries defensively, De Kock plays the next ball softly towards point and sets off for a single. Virat Kohli on the off-side had plenty of time to hit but misses the target by a mile.
SA 9/0 | Overs 2 | Hashim Amla 9*, De Kock 0*
Umesh Yadav into the attack from the other end. Keeps his line and length accurate. Yadav gets some bounce from this end. The fourth ball hits Amla high on the pads, a loud appeal ensues but no harm done.
On the fifth ball, Amla gets a boundary. Yadav strays in line and the batsman presents beautiful wrist-work to play it to the right of mid-wicket for a boundary.
SA 5/0 | Overs 1 | Hashim Amla 5*, De Kock 0*
Ishant Sharma begins the proceedings for India. Hashim Amla, after defending two deliveries stands tall and guides the third ball to the left of Virat Kohli at backward point for a boundary. Thirdman had no chance to stop that. Great timing. He takes a single on the penultimate delivery. De Kock lets the last ball go through. Five from the over.
South African captain, AB de Villiers has won the toss and elected to bat at Centurion. In the first and second match MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to field. This time around he was looking to bat but the toss has not gone his way. South Africa have chosen to make some changes. Jacques Kallis makes way for Henry Davids. The tormentors Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel have been rested and Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir come in. India have brought back Yuvraj Singh in place of Ajinkya Rahane.
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Henry Davids, AB de Villiers (c), JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog for the third and final One-Day International between India and South Africa at Centurion. With a 0-2 scoreline, the team at the receiving end usually looks for a consolation win. But India need more than consolation if they have to return back to Johannesburg and begin with an equally challenging Test series. South Africa on their part will be Happy to experiment a bit with their batting. It has been raining her since yesterday and a hut-like structure was built to cover the pitch. Dhoni will be cautious not to end up bowling first again. The opening pair has absolutely stamped their authority on the Indian bowlers.
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