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Ind vs SA, 3rd ODI, 2022-23: Kuldeep, Siraj take India to series victory; SA struggle for WSL points

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

India vs South Africa, 3rd ODI, Top Performances: Kuldeep Yadav's 4-18, Mohammed Siraj-Washington Sundar's 4-32 and Shubman Gill's 49 are top performances. India beat South Africa in 3rd ODI and win three match series by 2-1.

India vs South Africa, 3rd T20I, Top Performances: Kuldeep Yadav gets player of the match for his 4-18 against South Africa in 3rd ODI; India beat SA | Walking Wicket (Photo: ©Getty Images)
Kuldeep gets player of the match for his 4-18 against South Africa (Photo: ©Getty Images)

Brief Scores: India 105/3 (Gill 49, Fortuin 1/20) beat South Africa 99 (Klaasen 34, Kuldeep 4/18, Sundar 2/15) by seven wickets and clinch series by margin of 2-1

Player of the Match: Kuldeep Yadav (4/18 in 4.1 overs)

Player of the Series: Mohammed Siraj (5 wickets in three games)

Hosts India, after losing a close encounter against South Africa in the opening ODI of the three-match series, made a strong return in Ranchi in the second ODI winning by seven wickets. Both teams met each other in the deciding third ODI game at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Tuesday afternoon.

After a slight delay because of the wet outfield, India captain Shikhar Dhawan on winning the toss decided to field first. South Africa used their third captain in the series in the form of David Miller as Andile Phehlukwayo, Lundi Ngidi, Marco Jansen came into the team replacing Kagiso Rabada, Wayne Parnell and unwell Keshav Maharaj.

India made excellent improvement in bowling department

India began the series with a loss and the main reason for that defeat was their poor bowling performance but as the series progressed, they made decent improvement in the bowling department. The pacers bowled the right line and length to pick up early wickets, while the spinners carried the momentum to exert persistent pressure on the opponents.

India snatched another series victory as South Africa slipped to their lowest ODI total against the former

Put in to bat first, South Africa’s batting collapsed like a pack of cards. They lost three big wickets for just 26 runs in the first ten overs. All eyes were on the partnership of David Miller and Heinrich Klassen who did show some resistance but India’s bowling was too hot to handle as the Proteas were bundled out for just 99 in 27.1 overs.

This is now their fourth lowest total in ODI history, while it is their lowest score against India in ODIs surpassing their 117 in Nairobi in 1999.

India started at a speedy rate as they raced up to 42/0 in six overs; Shubman Gill was the real aggressor as he rocked his way to 30 in just 24 balls. South Africa smiled for a little time with the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan and Ishan Kishan, but Gill with his 49-run knock helped India chase their target in 19.1 overs by a margin of seven wickets.

SA lag at number 11 in WSL Points Table

South Africa with 59 points stand at the 11th place in ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League 2020-23 points table. They are 29 points adrift eighth-ranked West Indies.

South Africa seem to have a tough road ahead as regards direct qualification for ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 to be held in India. They have cancelled an ODI series against Australia which was scheduled to be held in January 2023, as most of their players will be engaged in the inaugural SA20 league at home during that timeframe.