Hi folks! Welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog of the third One-Day International (ODI) between India and South Africa at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium at Rajkot. I am Shiamak Unwalla and I will be bringing you over-by-over updates of the match.  India leveled the five-match series against South Africa by winning the second match at Indore by 22 runs. They lost by five runs in the opening fixture at Kanpur. India will look to carry their momentum onto this game and take a 2-1 lead. South Africa were on top of India in most parts of the second ODI but a MS Dhoni special took the game away from the visitors. South Africa’s batting collapsed and they could notget over the line. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs South Africa 3rd ODI at Rajkot

Live Cricket Score: India 252/6 Overs 50 | BATSMEN: Akshar Patel 15(11), Harbhajan Singh 20(17) | Dale Steyn to bowl the final over of the match. Two off the first ball after Morkel drops Bhajji. Five sixes will do it now. And he gets one. That’s probably the match for South Africa. Unless Steyn bowls a no ball. And that’s the end. South Africa win by a big margin. India have once again floundered in their chase. Akshar Patel hits a six off the final ball of the match. Bit too little, bit too late. South Africa win by 18 runs.

Live Cricket Score: India 239/6 Overs 49 | BATSMEN: Akshar Patel 8(9), Harbhajan Singh 14(13) | Kagiso Rabada to bowl his final over now. He has once again bowled a wonderful spell at the death. India need someone to do a Yuvraj Singh (who hit 187 for Punjab today in Ranji Trophy). Bhajji and Akshar do their best to slog, but this Rajkot pitch is giving them nothing to work with and South Africa are bowling well.

Live Cricket Score: India 233/6 Overs 48 | BATSMEN: Akshar Patel 6(6), Harbhajan Singh 10(10) | Dale Steyn to Akshar Patel. A battle of gross disproportions. He manages to put bat on ball though. India need a miracle to win this from here. It’s not impossible, but highly improbable.

Live Cricket Score: India 226/6 Overs 47 | BATSMEN: Akshar Patel 2(2), Harbhajan Singh 7(8) | Imran Tahir to bowl his final over. Bhajji has pulled a few rabbits out of the hat in his time. With 50 needed in three overs, he’ll need to pull out more than one. He hits a boundary over square leg. And is he bowled or stumped? No he’s safe. Quinton de Kock seemed to think he had something.

Live Cricket Score: India 220/6 Overs 46 | BATSMEN: Akshar Patel 1(1), Harbhajan Singh 2(3) | Morne Morkel in for his final over. OUT! Virat Kohli has tried to go big over midwicket but he picks out David Miller. And Ajinkya Rahane plays the same shot, and picks out the same fielder! Morkel is on a hat-trick too. OUT! Virat Kohli 77(99) c David Miller b Morne Morkel, Ajinkya Rahane 4(7) c David Miller b Morne Morkel

Live Cricket Score: India 216/4 Overs 45 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 77(98), Ajinkya Rahane 4(6) | Kagiso Rabada again. Starts with a wide ball. Great over again from Rabada. He is giving absolutely nothing away. He is turning into a real Lasith Malinga when it comes to death bowling!

Live Cricket Score: India 210/4 Overs 44 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 75(97), Ajinkya Rahane 1(1) | Imran Tahir again. Kohli greets him with a reverse-swept boundary. Oh dear, Raina has thrown it away. Another stupid shot. Shocking match awareness from someone who is usually a reliable batsman in these situations. Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in. Good over for South Africa. OUT! Suresh Raina 0(2) c David Miller b Imran Tahir

Live Cricket Score: India 201/3 Overs 43 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 69(93), Suresh Raina 0(1) | Dale Steyn bowling well, Kohli trying and failing to target midwicket. Oh huge run out change against Kohli! It looks bad for him. The bails are not quite dislodged while hit bat is on the line though. He may survive. Yes he does. An he follows up by whacking one through cover!

Live Cricket Score: India 193/3 Overs 42 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 62(87), Suresh Raina 0(1) | Morne Morkel is bowling quite well again. Kohli and Dhoni are trying but they are not able to get the ball away. Farhaan Behardien drops one and it ends up being four! Dhoni survives there. OUT! This time Dhoni is out. He hits one straight to point off the outside edge. Raina is the new man in. OUT! MS Dhoni 47(61) c Dale Steyn b Morne Morkel

Live Cricket Score: India 187/2 Overs 41 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 61(86), MS Dhoni 42(57) | Steyn continues, two dots to begin with. One run. Dhoni is back on strike. Four dots and two singles from that over, good over for South Africa.

Live Cricket Score: India 185/2 Overs 40 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 60(82), MS Dhoni 41(55) | Dhoni survives, Quinton de Kock misses an excellent opportunity of stumping the Indian skipper. Plus Dhoni’s bat flew to mid-wicket. Scenes at Rajkot. That is followed by a single and then a boundary. Dhoni gets a life again, Duminy misses a caught and bowled but the speed of the ball might have hurt Duminy bad.

Live Cricket Score: India 178/2 Overs 39 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 59(81), MS Dhoni 37(51) | Morkel to bowl his 8th over, Dhoni begins with a dot and that is followed by a single. Dot and a one run from Kohli. An important two runs as Dhoni pull past midwicket. He tries for a boundary, straight down the ground but has to settle for a single.

Live Cricket Score: India 173/2 Overs 38 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 58(80), MS Dhoni 32(45) | Imran Tahir continues. Kohli is on 6,666 ODI runs. ONE. Nicely played by Kohli, cuts it to point. DOT. Played to the man at mid off. ONE. Down to mid on. DOT. Played to the leg side. DOT. Played to the off side. DOT. Kohli misses the sweep.

Live Cricket Score: India 171/2 Overs 37 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 57(76), MS Dhoni 31(43) | Morne Morkel again. ONE. Dhoni is off. TWO. Kohli plays it to the leg side. DOT. Played to the leg side. TWO. Imran Tahir fumbles at square leg and they take a couple. DOT. Played to the fielder. ONE. Single to fine leg.

Live Cricket Score: India 165/2 Overs 36 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 52(71), MS Dhoni 30(42) | Imran Tahir again. DOT. Dhoni defends. ONE. Played to mid on, and that’s the 50-run stand between Kohli and Dhoni. DOT. Good sweep from Kohli, but to the fielder. ONE. Down to long on. ONE. This one to long off. DOT. Googly to end with, Kohil defends.

Live Cricket Score: India 162/2 Overs 35 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 51(68), MS Dhoni 28(39) | Kagiso Rabada again. DOT. Short ball, Kohli thinks it should have been wide. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Played back to the bowler. ONE. Played to mid on. DOT. Played to the leg side. WIDE. Down leg. ONE. Dhoni hits one in the air to point but it’s just wide of the fielder.

Live Cricket Score: India 159/2 Overs 34 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 50(64), MS Dhoni 27(37) | Imran Tahir continues again. ONE. Kohli moves on to 49. ONE. Dhoni takes another. DOT. Kohli defends. ONE. There it is! A much-needed 50 for Kohli! This is his first 50 in 12 innings.  DOT. Play and miss to end the over.

Live Cricket Score: India 156/2 Overs 33 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 48(60), MS Dhoni 26(34) | Kagiso Rabada comes on again. ONE. Worked away for the single. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Played to the leg side. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. No run again. DOT. No run again.

Live Cricket Score: India 155/2 Overs 32 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 47(59), MS Dhoni 26(30) | Imran Tahir continues. DOT. Kohli defends. ONE. Misfield allows he single. DOT. Played back to the bowler. DOT. Hit to the fielder. DOT. Played to mid off. DOT. Dhoni beaten comprehensively!

Live Cricket Score: India 154/2 Overs 31 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 46(57), MS Dhoni 26(26) | Farhaan Behardien continues. FOUR. On his pads, and another boundary for Dhoni. ONE. Quick single. DOT. Kohli plays to the fielder. DOT. To the fielder. ONE. Played to square leg. DOT. Played back to the bowler.

Live Cricket Score: India 148/2 Overs 30 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 45(54), MS Dhoni 21(23) | Morne Morkel continues. DOT. Defends off the back foot. DOT. No run there. ONE. Quick single again. DOT. Played to the leg side. FOUR. Just a push from Kohli and it’s a boundary to long off! DOT. No run off the last ball.

Live Cricket Score: India 142/2 Overs 29 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 40(49), MS Dhoni 20(21) | Farhaan Beharedien is in now. ONE. Down to long on. ONE. Played to long off. ONE. Played to cover. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Played to mid off. DOT. Played to the bowler.

Live Cricket Score: India 139/2 Overs 28 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 38(47), MS Dhoni 19(18) | Morne Morkel continues. ONE. They scream through for the single. DOT. Played to the leg side. ONE. Down to fine leg. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Played to mid off. DOT. Left alone outside off.

Live Cricket Score: India 131/2 Overs 26 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 36(41), MS Dhoni 13(12) | Good over from Duminy, just sevenruns off it. Two singles from Kohli, while Dhoni goes for a double and triple.

Live Cricket Score: India 124/2 Overs 25 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 34(39), MS Dhoni 8(8) | Steyn comes in for his fifth over, begins with a single with Kohli on strike. A dot from Dhoni, followed by a single. Excellent drive from Kohli towards square leg feilder, one run. Dhoni joins the party, pushes the ball in the gap through point for a FOUR. Seven runs off that over.

Live Cricket Score: India 117/2 Overs 24 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 32(37), MS Dhoni 3(4) | Duminy strikes finally, seeing Rohit coming down, he bowls short and Rohit flicks the ball back to the bowler and JP dives low to take a brilliant catch. BIG WICKET for SOUTH AFRICA. Indian skipper MS Dhoni walks in! OUT! Rohit Sharma c&b JP Duminy 65(74)

Live Cricket Score: India 113/1 | Overs 23 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 59(70), Virat Kohli 28(33) | Tahir to Rohit, FOUR towards the square leg. That was followed by a single. Misfield from Amla gives Kohli 3 runs. And a single for Rohit to end the over. Another 9 runs, decent enough.

Live Cricket Score: India 104/1 | Overs 22 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 59(70), Virat Kohli 28(33) | Kagiso Rabada again. DOT. No run. ONE. Hit to third man. ONE. Played to the leg side. THREE. On drive off a full toss. DOT. Defended by Kohli. DOT. Short ball. Played well.

Live Cricket Score: India 99/1 | Overs 21 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 55(66), Virat Kohli 27(30) | Imran Tahir again. DOT. Played on the leg side. ONE. Down to long on. It was a googly, Kohli saw it late. DOT. Defended off the front foot. SIX! That’s 50 for Rohit. And he brings it up with a superb shot over long off. DOT. Played to fine leg. ONE. Single down the ground.

Live Cricket Score: India 91/1 | Overs 20 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 48(63), Virat Kohli 26(28) | Kagiso Rabada again. ONE. To third man. DOT. Played to midwicket. ONE. Played off his pads. ONE. Down to third man. That’s also the 50-run stand between Rohit and Kohli. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Played to mid on.

Live Cricket Score: India 88/1 | Overs 19 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 47(59), Virat Kohli 24(26) | Imran Tahir again. DOT. Rohit defends. ONE. Down to long off. ONE. Worked away on the leg side. ONE. Down to long on. ONE. Down to long off. DOT. Defended off the final ball.

Live Cricket Score: India 84/1 | Overs 18 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 45(55), Virat Kohli 22(24) | Kagiso Rabada again. DOT. No run for that one. ONE. Rohit gets it to third man. DOT. Play and miss outside off. ONE. Worked away off his pads to square leg. ONE. Pulled away to the leg side for a single. DOT. No run to end the over.

Live Cricket Score: India 81/1 | Overs 17 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 43(52), Virat Kohli 21(21) | Imran Tahir again. DOT. Kohli plays to cover. ONE. Driven to long off. FOUR. Full toss and Tahir is clubbed away by Rohit. DOT. Defended. ONE. Down to long on. Drinks now.

Live Cricket Score: India 75/1 | Overs 16 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 38(48), Virat Kohli 20(19) | JP Duminy continues. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. No run for that. DOT. Played to the fielder. WIDE. Outside leg. FOUR. Kohli sweeps to fine leg for a boundary! DOT. Played back to the bowler. THREE. Played to fine leg.

Live Cricket Score: India 66/1 | Overs 15 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 38(48), Virat Kohli 13(13) | Dale Steyn again. DOT. No run for Kohli. TWO. Outside edge to third man. DOT. Played to the fielder. ONE. Played to midwicket. DOT. Driven to cover, no run. Deserved four though. DOT. Play and miss outside off.

Live Cricket Score: India 63/1 | Overs 14 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 38(46), Virat Kohli 10(8) | First ball by Imran Tahir is tapped to leg but no run, repeat of sequence the next ball. Slower ball next and Rohit gets the leading edge but it falls safe, single taken. Kohli drives the next ball through covers for four. Next ball tapped to backward square leg for no run. Wide down leg next ball. Leg bye of the next ball.

Live Cricket Score: India 57/1 | Overs 13 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 37(43), Virat Kohli 6(6) | Dale Steyn in. Kohli hits the fullish ball to mid wicket for a couple of runs. Similar shot the next ball, gets a single. Punched off the backfoot by Rohit but fails to pierce the field, dot. Next ball hurries onto him, gets a thick bottom edge, dot. Steps out the next ball, gets to the pitch of the ball and whacks it over long off for six. Guides the next ball to third man for a single.

Live Cricket Score: India 47/1 | Overs 12 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 30(39), Virat Kohli 3(4) | JP Duminy continues. DOT. No run there. ONE. Kohli gets it to mid on. DOT. Rohit plays it on the leg side. ONE. Worked away on the leg side again. ONE. Kohli takes a single on the off side. TWO. Rohit cuts it to point.

Live Cricket Score: India 42/1 | Overs 11 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 26(36), Virat Kohli 1(1) | Morne Morkel continues. DOT. Defended by Rohit. ONE. Pulled away to fine leg. DOT. Play and miss outside off. OUT! That’s the first wicket down, and once again it’s Morkel who takes out Dhawan! And out walks Virat Kohli! ONE. Kohli off the mark right away! DOT. Played to mid off. OUT! Shikhar Dhawan 13(29) c AB de Villiers b Morne Morkel

Live Cricket Score: India 40/0 | Overs 10 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 26(33), Shikhar Dhawan 13(27) | JP Duminy continues. DOT. Play and miss outside off. FOUR. Lovely sweep shot from Rohit! DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Played to mid off. DOT. Defended. ONE. Played to fine leg.

Live Cricket Score: India 35/0 | Overs 9 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 21(27), Shikhar Dhawan 13(27) | Morne Morkel continues. DOT. Dhawan can’t get it away. DOT. Played to mid off. DOT. Play and miss outside off. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Driven to the fielder again. DOT. Maiden over from Morkel, but a few nice looking shots from Dhawan.

Live Cricket Score: India 35/0 | Overs 8 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 21(27), Shikhar Dhawan 13(21) | JP Duminy comes into the attack now. DOT. Short ball, but Rohit hits it to backward square leg. TWO. Short, pulled, dropped! The catching has been quite poor today. Morne Morkel the guilty party. ONE. Rohit sneaks through for a single. DOT. Played to the leg side. DOT. Dropped catch again! JP taking Dhawan’s edge and AB de Villiers puts it down! ONE. Worked away to mid on.

Live Cricket Score: India 31/0 | Overs 7 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 18(24), Shikhar Dhawan 12(18) | Morne Morkel again. FOUR. Short ball, and Rohit times that pull well despite looking like he was in a tangle. DOT. Lovely shot, terrible running, poor throw. It results in a dot ball, but what an eventful ball it was. India’s running woes continue. DOT. Defended away. ONE. Down to third man. DOT. Inside edge, but AB de Villiers keeps it down. DOT. Played to the fielder.

Live Cricket Score: India 26/0 | Overs 6 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 13(20), Shikhar Dhawan 12(16) | Kagiso Rabada again. DOT. Left alone outside off by Dhawan. DOT. Played to the fielder. FOUR. Finds the gap at cover, and that’s a boundary for Dhawan! FOUR! Back to back boundaries. This one is an off drive, straight past Rabada. DOT. Played to the man at mid off. DOT. Defended off the back foot.

Live Cricket Score: India 18/0 | Overs 5 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 13(20), Shikhar Dhawan 4(10) | Bowling change early, here’s Morne Morkel. ONE. Dhawan pulls and gets a single. ONE. Played past point. DOT. Played to mid off. DOT. Played to mid off agian. DOT. Nicely driven but to the fielder. ONE. Quick single to end the over.

Live Cricket Score: India 15/0 | Overs 4 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 12(19), Shikhar Dhawan 2(5) | Kagiso Rabada continues. DOT. Once again on his pads, but he can’t get it away. FOUR. It’s on his pads again, but this time he finds the gap! DOT. Played to point. DOT. Defends off the front foot. DOT. Defended again. DOT. Played to mid on.

Live Cricket Score: India 11/0 | Overs 3 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 8(13), Shikhar Dhawan 2(5) | Dale Steyn again. DOT. Short and wide, Dhawan slashes to cover but can’t get it past the fielder. ONE. Played to mid off. DOT. Defended off the back foot by Rohit. FOUR. Bit of width, and Rohit drives through cover effortlessly. ONE, BYES. Rare lapse from AB de Villiers.  DOT. Played to the fielder on the leg side.

Live Cricket Score: India 5/0 | Overs 2 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 4(10), Shikhar Dhawan 1(2) | Kagiso Rabada starts off from the other end. DOT. Defended now. ONE. Dhawan gets off the mark. DOT. Rohit leaves it alone outside off. DOT. Rohit drives to cover. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Rohit plays a strange-looking shot.

Live Cricket Score: India 4/0 | Overs 1 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 4(6), Shikhar Dhawan 0(0) | Dale Steyn starts off. Rohit Sharma on strike. DOT. Uppish drive to point. DOT. Left alone outside off. DOT. Left alone once again. DOT. Another dot ball. FOUR. Bit of width on offer, and that’s spanked through cover! DOT. Left alone outside off.


INNINGS BREAK: India’s bowlers put in a wonderful effort to restrict South Africa to just 270. Quinton de Kock scored his fourth century against India and Faf du Plessis scored his third successive half-century of the series, but the Proteas lost wickets in a heap and India managed to keep them down to what should be a manageable total on a flat Rajkot track. In case you missed out on any of the action, you can read Devarchit Varma’s innings report here: India restrict South Africa to 270/7 in 3rd ODI at Rajkot despite Quinton de Kock’s century


Live Cricket Score: South Africa 270/7 | Overs 50 | BATSMEN: Farhaan Behardien 33(36), Kagiso Rabada 0(0) | Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues. ONE. Steyn gets to the other end. ONE. Single to mid off. Steyn falls awkwardly. Hopefully it will not have hurt his knee. ONE. Another quick single. TWO. Nicely played down the ground, but well fielded by Suresh Raina. ONE, RUN OUT. Behardien hits one to the man at mid on and races back for two, but Steyn as never going to make it. SIX! So he finally gets one off the middle of his bat! OUT! Dale Steyn 12(9) run out Suresh Raina

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 258/6 | Overs 49 | BATSMEN: Farhaan Behardien 23(32), Dale Steyn 10(7) | Mohit Sharma continues. ONE. Swung away to square leg. TWO. Square leg has some work to do, and he keeps it down to two. Good work by Rohit Sharma. ONE. Behardien cuts away to point. DOT. Great yorker there, Steyn nearly fell over! SIX! Finally Steyn gets one off the middle of the bat! ONE. Played on the off side.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 247/6 | Overs 48 | BATSMEN: Farhaan Behardien 20(30), Dale Steyn 2(3) | Bhuvneshwar Kumar again. ONE. Behardien has a lot of faith in his No. 8 Steyn. DOT. Inside edge onto his pads. ONE. Played to the off side. ONE. Cut away to point. ONE. Played to long off. DOT. Good ball to end with from Bhuvi.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 243/6 | Overs 47 | BATSMEN: Farhaan Behardien 18(27), Dale Steyn 0(0) | Mohit Sharma now. DOT. Played back to the bowler by Behardien. TWO. India won’t mind that. Better bowl to Behardien than to JP. ONE. Played on the off side now. OUT! JP holes out this time! DOT. Play and miss outside off for Behardien. WIDE. Slower short ball. ONE. Played on the leg side. OUT! JP Duminy 14(14) c Suresh Raina b Mohi Sharma 

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 238/5 | Overs 46 | BATSMEN: JP Duminy 14(13), Farhaan Behardien 14(22) | Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns. DOT. Played to mid on. DOT. Played to mid off this time. DOT. Played to the leg side. ONE. Down to long on.  ONE. Down leg, that was actually a dropped catch! Looked almost like a wide ball. ONE. Worked away on the leg side.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 235/5 | Overs 45 | BATSMEN: JP Duminy 13(12), Farhaan Behardien 12(17) | Akshar Patel again. ONE. JP takes a single. DOT. No run for that. ONE. Played to long off. ONE. Worked away on the leg side. DOT. Played to fine leg. ONE. Worked away on the leg side.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 231/5 | Overs 44 | BATSMEN: JP Duminy 11(10), Farhaan Behardien 10(14) | Single of first ball and another single in the next. MS Dhoni appeals for a caught behind but umpire rules against. Next ball is cut but no run. Next ball earns a single to midwicket. Cuts the next ball through off, gets a couple.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 226/5 | Overs 43 | BATSMEN: JP Duminy 9(6), Farhaan Behardien 7(11) | Akshar Patel bowls. Four of the first ball, reverse paddle by JP Duminy. Guides the next ball to leg for a single. Behardien hits the next to long on for a single. Tapped to leg for another single. DOT of the next ball. Next ball guided to long on where a misfield allows the batsmen to run two.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 217/5 | Overs 42 | BATSMEN: JP Duminy 3(3), Farhaan Behardien 4(8) | Amit Mishra again. DOT. Played back to the bowler. ONE. Down to long on. ONE. Worked away off his pads. ONE. Played to cover. ONE. Played to the leg side. DOT. No run to end with.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 211/5 | Overs 41 | BATSMEN: JP Duminy 0(0), Farhaan Behardien 0(0) | Akshar Patel comes on again. He has four overs to go. OUT! GONE! That’s a massive wicket! That’s AB de Villiers! Akshar strikes gold first ball! DOT. Behardien defends. DOT. Defends again. ONE. Played to long off. DOT. Looking to sweep and no run! ONE. Single to end with. OUT! AB de Villiers 4(5) LBW Akshar Patel

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 210/4 | Overs 40 | BATSMEN: AB de Villiers 4(4) | Harbhajan Singh in for his final over now. DOT. QdK slaps it to point. DOT. Played to mid on. ONE. Down to long on, bit of an ugly slog. DOT. AB slogs and misses. FOUR. That’s trademark ABdV. Driven through cover. OUT! QdK was always going to be in trouble with quick runs, and he is just not able to make ground to what ought to have been an easy single. OUT! Quinton de Kock 103(118) run out Shikhar Dhawan

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 205/3 | Overs 39 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 102(115), AB de Villiers 0(1) | Mohit Sharma again. WIDE. Down leg. DOT. Played to mid on. FOUR. QdK steps out and gets the ball through cover! That’s his 7th ODI ton, and his 4th against India! ONE. Down to fine leg. FOUR. Faf gets down on one knee and works it away behind fine leg. OUT! FINALLY! Faf tries to go for a similar paddle and only gets a top edge. He falls over too. Bhuvneshwar Kumar takes the catch. Mohit gets Faf out for the second time this match! In walks ABdV! DOT. No run to start with. OUT! Faf du Plessis 60(63) c Bhuvneshwar Kumar b Mohit Sharma

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 195/2 | Overs 38 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 97(112), Faf du Plessis 56(61) | Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns. DOT. Played to the fielder. ONE. Worked away off the pads. ONE. Down to long off. Faf has been mistiming almost everything today, but the balls just aren’t going to the fielders. And when they are, they are being dropped. ONE. Pulled to the deep. ONE. Complete pandemonium right now. Poor shot, poor running, eventually just one. ONE. Played to the leg side.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 190/2 | Overs 37 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 94(108), Faf du Plessis 54(59) | Akshar Patel comes back on. ONE. Dropped! Faf survives yet again. Faf drives that hard but in the air, and Shikhar Dhawan drops it. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Back to the bowler. ONE. To long on. DOT. Played to fine leg. DOT. Faf slogs and misses. No harm done.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 188/2 | Overs 36 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 93(105), Faf du Plessis 53(56) | Here comes Harbhajan Singh now. ONE. Down to long on. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Played to the fielder. TWO. Played to point. ONE. Played to point. That’s the 100-run stand now. ONE. Faf takes a single to end the over.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 183/2 | Overs 35 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 90(101), Faf du Plessis 51(54) | Amit Mishra again. DOT. Past the outside edge of QdK. ONE. That takes de Kock into the 90s. DOT. Played to fine leg. ONE. Faf slogs but doesn’t make good contact. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Played to the fielder.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 181/2 | Overs 34 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 89(97), Faf du Plessis 50(52) | Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes back on now. ONE. Played to mid on. Bit of a hesitation, but they manage to complete the run. DOT. No run there for Faf. DOT. Faf tries to go down fine leg, only gets it off the pad. FOUR. Faf slogs again, it was in the air but just past the man at midwicket. DOT. No run that time. FOUR. Faf steps out and goes over mid off, gets his 50!

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 172/2 | Overs 33 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 88(96), Faf du Plessis 42(47) | Amit Mishra returns now. ONE. QdK works it away off his pads. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Played to the fielder at cover. ONE. Worked away on the leg side again. DOT. Played to the fielder. ONE. Worked away off his pads again.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 169/2 | Overs 32 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 85(92), Faf du Plessis 41(44) | Suresh Raina again. ONE. Driven do the deep. DOT. Played to the fielder. ONE. Played to the man at mid on. ONE. Cut away to the deep. ONE. Played to square leg. ONE. Down to mid on.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 164/2 | Overs 31 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 83(90), Faf du Plessis 39(41) | Akshar Patel continues. DOT. QdK defends. ONE. Quick single. TWO. Couple more. FOUR. Faf goes over midwicket! DOT. No run. FOUR. And again, Faf goes over the leg side.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 153/2 | Overs 30 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 82(88), Faf du Plessis 29(37) | Suresh Raina comes into the attack now. ONE. Faf takes one. ONE. QdK picks up a single on the off side. ONE. Played on the leg side. DOT. Played to mid on. FOUR. QdK slogs, the ball was in the air for a long time, but no fielder in the area. ONE. Played to long on.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 145/2 | Overs 29 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 76(84), Faf du Plessis 27(35) | Akshar Patel again. ONE. QdK takes a single. ONE. And one more. ONE. Played to mid on. ONE. Played to the leg side by Faf. ONE. Misfield at square leg by Virat Kohli. ONE. Played to mid on. Six singles.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 139/2 | Overs 28 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 73(81), Faf du Plessis 24(32) | Mohit Sharma again. DOT. No run for Faf. ONE. Played to backward point. ONE. Top-edged the pull and again no fielder in the area. ONE.Worked away off his pads. FOUR. Short, wide, slow, and cut over cover! ONE. Played to mid on by QdK.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 131/2 | Overs 27 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 67(78), Faf du Plessis 22(29) | Akshar Patel continues after a dramatic over. ONE. Played away by QdK. DOT. Played back to the bowler. FOUR. Driven over cover by Faf! ONE. Oh dear, Faf is living a dangerous but charmed life! Extra turn, leading edge, a few centimeters over Suresh Raina at cover! ONE. Off his pads. ONE. Driven in the air but past the fielder.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 123/2 | Overs 26 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 65(76), Faf du Plessis 16(24) | Mohit Sharma again. TWO. Nicely played by Faf. DOT. Driven to cover. TWO. Faf picks up a couple more. DOT. Played on the on side. OUT! Slower ball, and Faf holes out to Virat Kohli! Hang on. They are checking for the no ball. AND IT IS! Oh dear oh dear oh dear, Mohit has denied himself a wicket. Faf survives, and QdK gets to face a free hit too. ONE. Slashed to third man. DOT. Gone past the outside edge there.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 117/2 | Overs 25 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 64(75), Faf du Plessis 12(19) | Akshar Patel again. DOT. Driven to cover. DOT. Driven to cover again. DOT. That one stopped on Faf and bounced, it took the leading edge but no fielder there. DOT. Played back to the bowler. ONE. Driven to cover. DOT. Played to the fielder.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 116/2 | Overs 24 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 64(74), Faf du Plessis 11(14) | Mohit Sharma returns. ONE. Quick run there for Faf. DOT. Played to mid on. DOT. Played to cover. DOT. Slower bouncer from Mohit, QdK evades it. FOUR. QdK is batting beautifully today. That was straight past Mohit again. DOT. QdK now plays a bit of a rash shot, misses.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 111/2 | Overs 23 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 60(69), Faf du Plessis 10(13) | Akshar Patel comes on now. ONE. Worked away on the leg side. FOUR. Driven through cover crisply by QdK! ONE. Single taken easily. ONE. Another comfortable single. ONE. Played to mid off. DOT. Played to point.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 104/2 | Overs 22 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 55(65), Faf du Plessis 8(11) | Harbhajan Singh again. WIDE. Down leg. DOT. Played back to the bowler. DOT. Played to the fielder on the leg side. ONE. Played to mid on. DOT. QdK slogs, gets an inside edge, and just survives getting bowled! DOT. Played back to the bowler. FOUR. QdK goes over cover to end with!

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 98/2 | Overs 21 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 51(62), Faf du Plessis 7(8) | Amit Mishra into his sixth. DOT. Played back to the bowler. DOT. Played to square leg. ONE. Played to mid on, and that’s 50 for QdK! ONE. Played to mid off. ONE. Played to mid on. ONE. Played to the leg side again.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 94/2 | Overs 20 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 49(58), Faf du Plessis 5(6) | Harbhajan Singh into his 7th over now. ONE. Played to long on. DOT. Faf doesn’t get it away. ONE. Played to mid on. ONE. Played on the leg side again. DOT. Played to point. TWO. Worked away for a couple.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 89/2 | Overs 19 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 47(56), Faf du Plessis 2(2) | Amit Mishra again. DOT. Played to the fielder off the back foot by Qdk. DOT. Played to the man on the leg side. ONE. Played to mid on. OUT! Mishy beats Hash and MS Dhoni takes the bails off in a flash! In comes Faf. DOT. Faf looks to sweep, fails to do so. TWO. Rocks back and works it away on the leg side. OUT! Hashim Amla 5(15) st MS Dhoni b Amit Mishra 

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 86/1 | Overs 18 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 46(53), Hashim Amla 5(14) | Harbhajan Singh resumes after drinks. DOT. Extra turn, Amla beaten on the cut. DOT. No run for that one eigher. ONE. Driven to long off. DOT. DOT. QdK in no hurry. ONE. Played to long on.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 84/1 | Overs 17 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 45(50), Hashim Amla 4(11) | Amit Mishra continues. ONE. QdK works it away on the leg side. ONE. Played to long off. DOT. Defended again. ONE. Played to midwicket. Should have taken two for that really. DOT. Driven to long off, but can’t beat Ajinkya Rahane. ONE. Worked away for a single to end the over. And it’s drinks.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 80/1 | Overs 16 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 43(47), Hashim Amla 2(7) | Harbhajan Singh again. DOT. QdK plays to point. DOT. Played to cover. TWO. Mohit Sharma saves two at the cover boundary, but it was a great shot from QdK. DOT. Played to mid off. TWO. Cut away past point. ONE. Played to long on.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 75/1 | Overs 15 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 38(41), Hashim Amla 2(7) | Amit Mishra again. DOT. What a ripper! Amla beaten comprehensively. Just past the edge. ONE. Worked away to square leg. ONE. Played to square leg again. DOT. Driven back to the bowler. DOT. Defended again. DOT. And again defended.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 73/1 | Overs 14 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 37(40), Hashim Amla 1(3) | Harbhajan Singh continues. ONE. QdK goes against the turn down the ground. DOT. Extra turn. OUT! That’s the first one down! Miller looks to drive again, but slices it to point where Ajinkya Rahane takes a good diving catch. In walks The Mighty Hash. DOT. Played to short midwicket. DOT. Defended by Hash. ONE. Played to mid on. OUT! David Miller 33(41) c Ajinkya Rahane b Harbhajan Singh

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 71/0 | Overs 13 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 36(39), David Miller 33(39) | Amit Mishra again. FOUR. Slashed to third man by Miller but not quite well controlled. DOT. Played to the leg side. ONE. Worked away. ONE. Played to square leg. DOT. Defended. DOT. Defended again.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 65/0 | Overs 12 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 35(38), David Miller 28(34) | Harbhajan Singh again. DOT. Bhajji slowing it down. DOT. Extra spin, it took the edge all along the ground. DOT. Played back to the bowler. ONE. Finally a single. DOT. Played to the fielder on the leg side.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 64/0 | Overs 11 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 35(37), David Miller 27(29) | Amit Mishra comes on now. ONE. Miller gets away. DOT. Bit of spin on offer. FOUR. Cut away past point by QdK! DOT. Flicked away but leg slip stopped it. DOT. Defended on the front foot. DOT. No run to end with.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 59/0 | Overs 10 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 31(32), David Miller 26(28) | Harbhajan Singh continues. DOT. Good start, from ’round the wicket. DOT. Miller defends. FOUR. Lovely cut past point! Miller saw the length early and went on to the back foot. DOT. Defended off the front foot. ONE. Driven to mid off. DOT. Played back to Bhajji by QdK.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 54/0 | Overs 9 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 31(31), David Miller 21(23) | Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues. DOT. Played to the fielder. FOUR. On drive from QdK, that’s another boundary! FOUR! And again, that’s a superb shot from QdK straight back past the bowler. ONE. Cut away to point. DOT. Defended to mid off. ONE. Quick single to end the over.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 44/0 | Overs 8 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 22(27), David Miller 20(21) | Harbhajan Singh comes on now. DOT. Defended by QdK. DOT. No run again. ONE. Driven to long off. ONE. Worked away on square leg. ONE. Driven to cover. TWO. Swept away to backward square leg.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 39/0 | Overs 7 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 20(23), David Miller 17(19) | Bhuvneshwer Kumar continues. FOUR. Lovely shot! Cover drive from QdK and another boundary! DOT. Played to mid on. DOT. Played to the fielder at point by QdK. ONE. Played to mid on. DOT. Pushed to mid off. DOT. Played to mid on.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 34/0 | Overs 6 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 15(19), David Miller 17(17) | Mohit Sharma again. DOT. Pushed to mid off by Miller. Bit of a misfield, and the batsmen think of a single. They decide against it, quite rightly. DOT. Played to the fielder on the leg side again. FOUR! Pure timing, just worked off his pads, and Miller picks up a boundary. DOT. No run for that one. DOT. Stifled appeal, it was never going to be out. DOT. Defended off the back foot.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 30/0 | Overs 5 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 15(19), David Miller 13(11) | Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues. THREE. Good shot from Miller, driven nicely to cover. DOT. Played to the fielder on the leg side. DOT. Defended on the front foot. ONE. Quick single. DOT. Played to the fielder by QdK. SIX! QdK walks across his stumps and flicks it over square leg!

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 20/0 | Overs 4 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 9(16), David Miller 8(8) | Mohit Sharma continues. TWO. Nicely played through midwicket by Miller. DOT. Played to square leg. ONE. Worked away to square leg again. DOT. Played to the fielder on the leg side again. ONE. Quick single fir QdK. FOUR! Shot! Cover driven off the back foot.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 12/0 | Overs 3 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 5(14), David Miller 5(4) | Bhuvneshwar Kumar again. THREE. Miller pushes it on the leg side and gets three, this is a flat track. DOT. QdK plays it to the fielder. This is a definite ploy from India; over the wicket to Miller and ’round into his pads to QdK. WIDE. Down leg. DOT. Played to the fielder. ONE. QdK steps out and works it away to mid on. WIDE. Down leg. DOT. Defended to mid off. ONE. Played to square leg.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 5/0 | Overs 2 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 4(11), David Miller 1(1) | Mohit Sharma from the other end. ONE. Miller works it away to square leg. FOUR! Bit of width from Mohit, and QdK slaps it through cover. DOT. Driven to mid off. Mohit bowling ’round the wicket to QdK and over to Miller. DOT. Played back to the bowler. DOT. Defended with a straight bat. DOT. Inside edge nearly onto the stumps! Good over.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 0/0 | Overs 1 | BATSMEN: Quinton de Kock 0(6), David Miller 0(0) | Surprise surprise surprise! No Hashim Amla to open, it’s David Miller instead! Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts off from ’round the wicket, QdK on strike. DOT. Played to the fielder on the leg side. DOT. Almost an action replay of the first ball. Good reflexes from Ajinkya Rahane. DOT. And again on the pads, no run. DOT. Once again played to the fielder. DOT. Played to the bowler. DOT. Played to mid on this time.

TOSS: South Africa won the toss and elected to bat. No Umesh Yadav today, it’s Amit Mishra who comes back in for India. South Africa go in with the same XI from the first two ODIs.

Teams:

India: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Akshar Patel, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada,  Dale Steyn.

The form of Virat Kohli and even Shikhar Dhawan is a cause for concern for team India. The duo have not fired on this tour and they will look to get among the runs in the third ODI.  Their bowlers however finally stepped up to the plate and delivered and more of the same will be expected from thim in this match, The third ODI may be disrupted by a political protest in Rajkot, but in all likeliness, we are set for yet another run-fest unless a team is restricted to a paltry total and the opposition bowlers step up to take their teams to win. READ: India vs South Africa 2015 3rd ODI at Rajkot: Preview

Squads

India: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, Gurkeerat Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn.

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