India vs South Africa, 3rd ODI: Deepak Chahar’s fighting fifty ended on a losing side

India lost the last-over thriller by 4 runs at Newlands Stadium. India failed to avoid a series whitewash despite Deepak Chahar’s blistering 34-ball 54 run. All-rounder Chahar showcased a never-die attitude by hitting a scintillating half-century under pressure and brought his side tantalizingly close to winning the game. However, Lungi Ngidi dismissed Chahar in the 48th over and helped his side to win the match.

After being put in to bat, the Proteas lost three early wickets. KL Rahul ran Temba Bavuma (8) out with an excellent direct hit at mid-off. However, Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen steadied their team’s innings and added 144 runs for the fourth wicket. De Kock scored a brilliant 124 before Jasprit Bumrah bagged him in the 36th over.

Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Dussen (52) to put pressure on the hosts. David Miller contributed 39 runs and helped his side to reach a defendable total of 287. In response, India lost its skipper KL Rahul early on for 9. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli batted beautifully and hit timely boundaries. Both added 98 runs before Andile Phehlukwayo dismissed Dhawan on 61.

In the very next ball, he scalped Rishabh Pant for a golden duck. Keshav Maharaj dismissed Kohli (65) yet again and put his side on top. South African bowlers took wickets at regular intervals and made the match one-sided. But, Chahar had other ideas and produced a 55-run partnership with Bumrah at number 8. However, The Proteas held their nerves and won the match in the final over.