3rd ODI: Ton-up Sanju Samson, Arshdeep Singh power India to 2-1 series win over South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

3rd ODI: Ton-up Sanju Samson, Arshdeep Singh power India to 2-1 series win over South Africa | Cricket News - Times of India

New Delhi: Middle order batsman Sanju Samson Hit the first measured ton during Pacer. Arsdeep Singh A clinical India took four wickets in a comprehensive 78-run win in the series-deciding third and final ODI at Paarl on Thursday.
With a dominant 2-1 win, India won their second ODI series in South Africa. Their first series win in the Rainbow Nation (5-1) came in 2018.

Samson’s mature 108 (114 balls) and Tilak Verma’s 52 (77 balls), their maiden half-centuries in the format, took India to 296 for eight.

South Africa challenged the tourists with a fifty from Tony de Zorzi (81, 87 balls) but were eventually bowled out for 218 in 45.5 overs.
As it happened
Left-arm fast bowler Arsdeep marshaled the Indian bowlers with a satisfying haul of four for 30 runs.
South Africa got off to a bright start in their chase with De Zorzi and Reza Hendricks (19) adding 59 runs in just 8.2 overs as the former took a heavy toll on paceman Mukesh Kumar in the powerplay.
However, Arsdeep took a lead from Hendricks to activate. KL Rahul Behind the stumps, signaling the end of the opening partnership.
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel bowled Rasi van der Dusen with a ball that came along his arm and reduced the hosts to 76 for 2.
But after a period of stability, De Zorzi and skipper Aidan Markram (36) added 65 runs for the third wicket to stop India.
De Zorzi’s footwork was spot on and he used the depth of the crease wisely to collect runs, especially against spinners Aksar and Washington Sundar.
But just as the partnership was unfolding, Washington, who had replaced Kuldeep Yadav for the match, removed Markram.
Markram’s attempt to reverse-sweep Washington backfired when Rahul scooped the ball behind the wicket.
South Africa’s hopes of adding meat to the chase suffered a further blow when Arsdeep won a leg-before appeal through DRS against De Zorzi.
The left-armer drove the ball into the Protea opener and the low ball hit his front pad as the Indian camp went into appeal, which eventually got the desired result.
Henrik Klaasen (21, 22 balls) failed to negotiate a rising ball from fast bowler Aveesh Khan and played it with stiff hands.
Sai Sudharsan completed a super acrobatic catch inside the ring to dismiss Klaasen, taking the Proteas to 174 for five in the 33rd over.
With the asking rate rising so steadily, even David Miller could not take South Africa past the target.
Earlier, Samson found an excellent sidekick in Verma to put India in a position of strength.
Samson and Verma came together when India were reeling slightly at 101 for three after being asked to bat first.
But the pair showed excellent situational awareness and stepped up the situation well.
Their partnership was all about pragmatism with no opportunity to miss a big shot.
Normally a free-flowing hitter, Samson kept his masculine intentions in reserve for a large part of his innings, concentrating on singles and twos as it bit the deck at Boland Park.
But the right-hander brought his T20 avatar into the game at intervals when he hit fast bowler Nandre Burger for a six over midwicket or left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj for a boundary when he bowled a brilliant inside-out lofted over. .
His fifty came off 66 balls with a single to third man with fast bowler Beorn Hendricks.
But at the other end, Verma struggled for flow as he could only get a boundary on a scrappy pull from Hendricks off his 39th ball.
However, the left-hander gave Samson company to take India out of the woods.
Eventually, Varma fell to accelerate his plan, a mistimed sweep from Maharaj ended up being caught by Vian Mulder in the deep.
But Samson continued and was not to be denied a hundred.
The historic moment came for him when he pushed Maharaj over long off for a single.
But Samson was dismissed when he tried to get skier off-pacer Lizard Williams caught inside the rings by Reza Hendricks.
However, a good cameo from Rinku Singh (38 off 27 balls) helped India push forward in the closing stages of the innings.
But before India could mount a good fight back, the Proteas bowlers had them on the ropes.
Debutant Rajat Patidar, who stepped in for injured opener Rituraj Gaikwad, was a treat to watch during his 16-ball 22, showing superb eye-hand coordination.
But a beautiful in-dipper from Burger that troubled the stumps ended his stay and Hendricks trapped Sai Sudharsan in front of the wicket with a delivery that crept into him over the wicket.
Rahul helped Samson add 52 runs for the third wicket but stumper Klaasen was caught after the Indian skipper’s attempt to pull Mulder bounced off his thigh pad.
However, India found a way to win the series by finding two willing soldiers in Samson and Verma.
(with inputs from PTI)

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