Yuzvendra Chahal (R) celebrates a fall of wicket with skipper Virat Kohli    AFP
Yuzvendra Chahal (R) celebrates a fall of wicket with skipper Virat Kohli AFP

Chahal takes his maiden five-wicket haul: Yuzvendra Chahal continued making Quinton de Kock his bunny. Chahal had trapped de Kock LBW in the Durban ODI, and today he lured de Kock into playing a big hit. Chahal’s next wicket was the debutant Khaya Zondo. With his guile, Chahal fooled the newcomer and induced a top edge. The next mode of dismissal was an LBW: Kagiso Rabada failed to put his bat to ball. Morne Morkel too was trapped in front as well, but Chahal casted a googly at him. His fifth and last wicket was that of the dangerous Chris Morris who walloped a full delivery straight to deep cover.

Chahal’s partner-in-crime, Kuldeep Yadav, finished with a three-for. Both wrist spinners bagged their career-best bowling figures in consecutive matches.

Dhoni reaches 399: Hashim Amla played a delightful punch off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s away-swinger. Bhuvi, however, outfoxed him off the next ball by jabbing the ball in: Amla got an inside edge, becoming Dhoni s 399th dismissal in the format.

Kohli acknowledges Virushka banner: Standing in the deep, Kohli acknowledged a banner that had his and wife Anushka Sharma s photo on it. Kohli tried hard not to overreact, complimenting it with a smile.

Bumrah refuses to use stretcher: After Jasprit Bumrah slipped on the field, the groundsmen ran with a stretcher towards him. Bumrah, however, looked surprised at the gesture. He asked them to go back, given the nature of the injury was not threatening enough.

Rohit fails to get going: Rohit was looking in good touch, but fell prey for 15 to Kagiso Rabada. It was banged in short, and Rohit wasn t in the greatest of positions to play the pull shot. He was cramped for room but still persisted with the shot and holed out to deep fine-leg.

Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli‘s daily job: There was no issue whatsoever for Kohli and Dhawan. The pair stitched an unbeaten stand of 93 runs for the second wicket, to add to South Africa s humiliation. There was minimal effort from the bowlers and fielders. While South Africa remained sloppy, their bowlers drifted onto the pads and hurled too short. Kohli and Dhawan rotated the strike when necessary and pounced on the loose deliveries.

Virat gets hit in the “Aaaaaah”: In the eighth over, Kagiso Rabada hurled three consecutive short balls. Kohli went for a pull shot in the penultimate one, and got a bottom-edge. It hit his groin, with the commentator stating, “Kohli gets hit in the Aaaaah.” Nonetheless, Kohli got reminded of his intent, and smacked the last ball for a six over deep fine-leg. That is intent f0r you!


– 118 is South Africa’s lowest total at home and the second lowest versus India. Their lowest, 117, against India came at Nairobi (1999).

– Chahal’s 5 for 22 is the second best by an Indian versus South Africa.

– This is South Africa’s biggest loss at home in terms of balls remaining (177).