Deepak Chahar, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli’s fifties went in vain. Shikhar Dhawan, the veteran Indian opener, on Sunday notched up his second fifty of the ongoing ODI series to put India in command during the 287-chase against South Africa at Cape Town. The left-handed opener reached his 35th half-century in the format and hit five fours and a six en route to the landmark before being dismissed.
In what was another quickfire knock from pace all-rounder, Deepak Chahar who scored a fine 50, but couldn’t see India home for a consolation win in Cape Town. Chasing 287 to salvage a disastrous South Africa tour with a win, India was jolted with an early blow in the form of KL Rahul, who perished for nine after his willow took a thick outside edge and it went straight to Janneman Malan at first slip. The Indian run-chase was steadied by Virat Kohli, who initially played second fiddle but accelerated his innings with time.
Shikhar Dhawan And Virat Kohli Combination Now Has 28 Fifty Plus Stands
A fifty partnership between Shikhar Dhawan & Virat Kohli helped India in going past the 100 mark. The Delhi batting pair, meanwhile, went past MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina on the list of most 50-plus partnerships for India by a left-right-handed pair. The Shikhar Dhawan-Virus Kohli combination now has 28 50-plus stands under its belt, one more than MS Dhoni & Suresh Raina’s tally of 27.
The duo of Sourav Ganguly & Sachin Tendulkar heads the list with 55 fifty-plus partnerships to its name, followed by Rohit Sharma & Shikhar Dhawan (32) and Sourav Ganguly & Rahul Dravid (29). Half-centuries by Virat Kohli (65), Shikhar Dhawan (61), and Deepak Chahar (54) went in vain as India suffered a heartbreaking four-run loss against South Africa in the third and final ODI at Newlands, Cape Town.
Shikhar Dhawan Equaled Virender Sehwag’s Record For Most 50 Plus Scores For India In ODIs
Shikhar Dhawan, who departed after scoring 61 from 73 deliveries, also ticked off a personal milestone. He equaled former India opener Virender Sehwag for most fifty-plus scores for India in the ODI format. Both the openers have 52 fifty-plus innings to their name.
Earlier, Quinton de Kock hit a brilliant century for South Africa to help them post a challenging total on the scoreboard. Quinton de Kock made 124 off 130 balls to lift his team from 70 for three. He teamed up with Rassie van der Dussen (52) in a fourth-wicket stand of 144.
On the bowling front, Prasidh Krishna, one of four changes in the Indian team, took three for 59 while Jasprit Bumrah and Deepak Chahar took two wickets each. Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Deepak Chahar, and Prasidh Krishna came into the Indian team in place of Venkatesh Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Seeking a clean sweep in the three-match series, South Africa decided to go with just one change, giving chance to all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius in place left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.
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