February 8, 2018 / 6:54 AM / 6 months ago

Kohli magic leads India to big win over South Africa

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - India captain Virat Kohli continued his excellent recent form to smash a sparkling unbeaten century and lead his side to a comprehensive 124-run victory over South Africa in the third One-Day International at Newlands on Wednesday.

India's Virat Kohli celebrates with wicketkeeper MS Dhoni after the dismissal of South Africa's Aiden Markram. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Kohli made 160 not out from 159 balls as India, who had been put into bat, posted 303 for six in their 50 overs, before restricting their hosts to 179 all out to take a 3-0 lead in the series.

South Africa’s brittle batting lineup, without injured stalwarts Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock, were stifled once more by the Indian spinners as Kuldeep Yadav, who took career-best figures (4-23 in 9 overs), and Yuzvendra Chahal (4-46 in 9 overs) strangled their innings.

The fourth match will be played at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Reporting By Nick Said; Editing by Toby Davis

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