The South African one-day worldwide team suffered a third injury blow on Monday when wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was ruled out of the rest of the series against India because of a wrist injury.
In conclusion, South Africa will be keen to mix things up in the hope of countering the wrist-spin threat, and make an impression with the bat in the hurting absence of de Villiers and du Plessis.
Not just Chahal, South Africa were undone by another wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav who scalped three wickets. The Indian cricket system has to feed off Virat Kohli. That wasn't easy against the Indian openers and Amla flirted with danger when he edged one over the top of second slip but seemed to settle with a gorgeous cover drive.
The Proteas lost 3 wickets in a span of 6 balls.
India achieved the small target of 119 runs with more than 30 overs to spare.
That ensured the final act was played out 40 minutes later in front of a sparse crowd, a decision that left both teams bemused. South Africa knew they had to dig in deep the moment Kohli inserted them in. The ball drifted from leg to pitch on middle and would have gone on to hit the stumps.
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Goswami ended as the pick of the bowlers with four for 24, while Pandey bagged three for 23. The wicket came in as a huge blow for the hosts with Amla being one of the better-equipped batsman against spin.
The woefully out-of-form Quinton de Kock (20) skied a long hop to midwicket when he should've smacked a Chahal delivery out onto the N1, while Markram (8) did exactly the same to Yadav. They've got to stay on.
South Africa went from 39 without loss to 51 for 4.
Zondo, who had been watchful until then, suddenly played an uncharacteristic release shot off Chahal that led to his downfall as the top edge was pouched by Pandya. Chahal had Chris Morris caught at deep cover for his fifth. They just didn't give South Africa any chance. There were too many soft dismissals starting from myself. Also, the fact that the match lasted only 52.5 overs in total would be embarrassing for the hosts.
De Kock was injured during SA's heavy nine-wicket loss to India in the second match of their six-game one-day worldwide series in Pretoria on Sunday, which the hosts lost to go down 2-0 ahead of the third fixture in Cape Town tomorrow.