RAJKOT (Staff report) – South Africa on Sunday defeated India by 18 runs in the third one-day international when the latter could score 252 runs in 50 overs in Rajkot cricket stadium.
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South Africa’s Quinton de Kock remained prominent batsman who hit 103 runs to lift his team to 270-7 after electing to bat.
Morkel picked 4 wickets for 39 runs only. He was given Man of the Match award.
Faf du Plessis (60) shared a third-wicket stand of 118 with de Kock to lift the tourists to 205-2 in the 39th over when India hit back with three quick wickets to make it 210-5 in the 41st.
Du Plessis, who was caught off a Mohit Sharma no-ball when on 16, was dismissed by the same bowler to a catch at third-man, triggering the slide.
De Kock was run out in the 40th over after a misunderstanding with his skipper AB de Villiers, who was himself given leg-before in left-arm spinner Axar Patel´s next over.
Farhaan Behardien smashed a last-ball six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar to return unbeaten on 33.
David Miller, promoted to open the innings with de Kock, scored 33 in a first-wicket partnership of 72 to give the Proteas a sound start, but the Indians kept the run-rate under check.
The five-match series is locked 2-1. The one-day series will be followed by four Test matches.