Proteas stumbles (again) over last hurdle

Henry

The Proteas may have been on fire to win the third and deciding one-dayer against India in Paarl, but yet another batting collapse thwarted their winning plans.

The visitors eventually won the showdown by 78 runs to clinch the series 2-1.

With Tony de Zorzi and Aiden Markram in front of the wickets, South Africa were on course to reach the winning target of 297.

De Zorzi followed up his century in the second game with a good fifty, while Markram delivered a solid performance.

But in the 26th over, for some strange reason, the Protea captain decided on a reverse sweep against Washington Sundar’s spin bowling. The ball hit his glove and KL Rahul took a ridiculously easy catch behind the wickets.

The home team’s batting effort then collapsed: From 141/2 to 218 all out.

Yes-no, the last hurdle has been tripped over again.

Earlier, Sanju Samson and Tilak Varma gave a batting lesson to the South Africans. On a slow batting pitch, they first got used to the conditions, after which they put in the long shaft.

India scored 93 runs in the last ten overs of their willow batting effort.

“We played good cricket at times, but we just couldn’t build enough momentum. I believe that we were definitely able to chase the target,” Markram said after the game.

The attention now shifts to the test series and the first showdown will be decided on December 26 at SuperSportpark in Centurion.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

India 296/50 in 50 overs: Sanju Samson 108, Tilak Varma 52 and Beuran Hendricks 3/63.

South Africa 218/10 after 45.5 overs: Tony de Zorzi 81, Aiden Markram 36 and Arshdeep Singh 4/30.

  • ODI Series Results:

First match: India win by 8 wickets

Second match: South Africa wins by 8 wickets

Third match: India win by 78 runs.