South Africa have lost the first three matches of the ongoing six-match ODI series against India. The on Wednesday can be termed as their heaviest defeat in terms of runs at Cape Town as they lost by 124 runs. Indian skipper Virat Kohli was the star batsman for India registering his 34th century to take India’s total to 303. The Spin duo Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shared eight wickets among them to bowl the host out for 179.
Talking about the lost game, during the post-match presentation, the young South African skipper, Aiden Markram said, “Very disappointing. Yet again not up to the mark. Virat played beautifully and their spinners played a massive part again.”
Aiden Markram and JP Duminy were looking good until the spinners came into the play as they built a steady partnership of around 70 odd runs for the 2nd wicket. Later, David Miller and Khaya Zondo showed some resistance but failed to score big runs at the middle order.
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Terming the Indian wrist-spin duo as the world-class bowlers, Markram said, “But we managed to claw our way back. They are world class spinners. Our batsmen are struggling to pick their spinners even after three games. They are landing the ball in the right areas more often than not.”
South Africa’s star batsman AB de Villiers who hasn’t participated in the series due to a finger injury is expected to make a comeback in the fourth ODI at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Markram believes his return will be a massive inspiration. Talking about the comeback, Aiden said, “Credit to them. If ABD would be back, it might serve as a massive inspiration.”