Virat Kohli scored 160 registering his 34th ton    AFP
Virat Kohli scored 160 registering his 34th ton AFP

Virat Kohli’s record breaking innings: Virat Kohli did not have an ODI hundred in South Africa prior to the series. He has now scored 2 in the first 3 matches of the series. He recorded his 34th ODI century overall, 12th as a captain and his second-highest score. He also registered the second-highest score against South Africa by an Indian player. In the process he surpassed Sourav Ganguly’s record of 11 centuries as an Indian captain. Kohli also became the only Indian player to have two ODI centuries on South African soil.

MS Dhoni’s 400 dismissals: MS Dhoni had 399 dismissals as a wicketkeeper before the match. With the stumping of Aiden Markram off Kuldeep Yadav, he became the fourth wicketkeeper to achieve this landmark. He has now joined the elite company of Kumar Sangakkara (482), Adam Gilchrist (472) and Mark Boucher (424) to become only the fourth cricketer and first Indian to 400 wicketkeeping dismissals.

The spin duo: The hosts added 78 for the second wicket as Markram and JP Duminy looked confident against the pace attack. Kuldeep then provided the breakthrough by dismissing Markram. That opened the floodgates, and South Africa were bowled out within another hundred. Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal shared 8 wickets among themselves in the match and 21 in the series, so far.

Shikhar Dhawan fails to convert: Dhawan is in good touch. He was batting aggressively for his 63-ball 76 before holing out to Markram off Duminy. The stage was set for him to score a century but he failed to convert it. Dhawan and Kohli built a partnership of 140.

JP Duminy’s all-round performance: Kohli and Dhawan were well set in the middle and scoring runs off the pacers. Imran Tahir was introduced after the Powerplay but he failed to create any pressure or stop the run flow. It was Duminy who got the wicket of dangerous-looking Dhawan first and the in-form Ajinkya Rahane. He ended up with 2 for 60 from 10 overs. Duminy did not disappoint with the bat either, top-scoring with 51 off 67 balls.

This is India’s biggest win margin against South Africa and South Africa s heaviest defeat in terms of runs at Cape Town.