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De Kock and Morkel Star For SA as India Choke to 18-run Defeat

South Africa now take a 2-1 series lead after the 18-run victory against India in Rajkot.

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South Africa beat India by 18 runs in Rajkot to take a 2-1 series lead. (Photo: AP)

India’s formidable batting order choked under pressure as South Africa relied on a disciplined bowling performance to clinch the third ODI by 18 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

For South Africa, opening batsman Quinton de Kock provided the early flourish with the bat with his seventh century while fast bowler Morne Morkel applied the finishing touch with four wickets as South Africa beat India by 18 runs on Sunday to take a 2-1 series lead.

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)
(Photo: PTI)
(Photo: PTI)

The 22-year-old de Kock continued his purple patch in ODIs against India, scoring his fourth century in seven innings against the opponents to set up South Africa’s total of 270-7 in 50 overs after they chose to bat on winning the toss.

The hosts lost opener Shikhar Dhawan (13) early to Morkel but looked well poised for a victory charge with half-centuries from Rohit Sharma (65) and Virat Kohli (77).

Opening batsman Rohit and Kohli added 72 for the second wicket before the former fell to a smart return catch from part-time off-spinner JP Duminy.

Kohli then added 80 for the next wicket with his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (47) to keepIndia in the hunt before Morkel returned to strike.

Rohit Sharma scored 65 in the Rajkot ODI. (Photo: AP)
Rohit Sharma scored 65 in the Rajkot ODI. (Photo: AP)
Virat Kohli(R) scored 77 before falling to Morne Morkel. (Photo: AP)
Virat Kohli(R) scored 77 before falling to Morne Morkel. (Photo: AP)

After Dhoni failed to negotiate a short delivery from the tall Morkel, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane holed out deep on the mid-wicket fence on consecutive deliveries in the paceman’s final over. The hosts were by this time tottering at 220/6 after 46 overs, still needing 51.

Harbhajan Singh and Axar Patel could manage to just about not lose their wickets as India wrapped up their 50 overs at 252/6.

South Africa won the match by 18 runs and took a 2-1 lead in the five match series.

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