'Test series bhi jeetni hai' - Fans react to India's victory over South Africa by 78 runs, secure ODI series with 2-1 triumph

For the second time in the last five years, India has won an ODI series in South Africa. The first time they did it under the captaincy of Virat Kohli

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Ahead of the third and last ODI between South Africa and India, both teams entered the game with the series leveled 1-1. While the home side, South Africa lost the first game inside the first four hours, they made a great comeback in the next one. Meanwhile, in this game, the Proteas won the toss and elected to bowl first.

They had a good start as they took the wickets of both openers with 49 runs on the board. Rajat Patidar made his debut and looked good while scoring 22 but was removed by Nandre Burger. On the other hand, Sai Sudarshan, who scored two back-to-back fifties, was trapped lbw by Beuran Hendricks. At this stage, the likes of skipper KL Rahul and Sanju Samson put together 52 runs. 

After Rahul's (21) wicket, Tilak Varma (52) scored his maiden ODI fifty and added another 116 runs with Samson. The latter scored his maiden ODI hundred. Alongside the duo, Rinku Singh (38), playing his first ODI series, helped the team reach 296/8. For the Green Brigade, Hendricks took three wickets while Burger took two.

Apart from this, Lizaad Williams, Wiaan Mulder, and Keshav Maharaj took one each. 

India wins their second ODI series in South Africa in five years

In reply, the Aiden Markram-led side had a decent start with Reeza Hendricks and Tony de Zorzi putting together 59 runs for the first wicket. Arshdeep Singh removed the former in the last over of the powerplay. Axar Patel cleaned up Rassie van der Dussen. At 76/2, skipper Aiden Markram and Zorzi put together 75 runs for the third wicket.

The former got out trying to play a reverse sweep to Washington Sundar. Zorzi, who was trapped lbw by Singh, became the turning point of the game. From 161/3, the team was reduced to 192/7. They were bowled out for 218, losing the game by 78 runs.

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