India thrash South Africa by 88 runs

India's ODI team can win anywhere now Shikhar Dhawan

India thrash South Africa by 88 runs

Cape Town: India will have their sights set on an unprecedented 3-0 lead when they take on a South African team, which has quite literally fallen apart due to injury blows, in the third ODI of the six-match series, here on Wednesday.

The Proteas are already without their captain Faf du Plessis, who was ruled out with an injured finger after the first ODI, while AB de Villiers will only be back from the fourth one-dayer.

Heinrich Klaasen, the only other specialist wicketkeeper in the squad, is nearly certain to make his ODI debut in Cape Town.

He sustained the injury during the second ODI against India at SuperSport Park on Sunday, and will require two to four weeks to make a recovery. "The Cricket South Africa medical team will aim to have him ready for the Test series against Australia starting next month", South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee was quoted as saying in a Cricket South Africa (CSA) release.

Before the current tour, India have lost all the ODI series on South African soil and the men in blue are just a step away from resetting this unwanted record.

Spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been fantastic in the first two ODIs, bagging 7 and 6 wickets respectively.

Ayabonga Khaka (2-47) provided the initial breakthrough for South Africa when she had Raut caught but Mandhana and Mithali Raj (45) struck together for a decisive 99 run stand for the second wicket, Mandhana went on to complete a quickfire half-century as India were placed comfortably at 154 for one in the 36th over.

However, they struggled to build partnerships as regular wickets undermined their run-chase. The target for South Africa was 214 runs.

And the list has only grown with Quinton de Kock (left wrist injury) ruled out before the third ODI.

South Africa will hope, though, that De Kock's enforced break proves to be a blessing in disguise. He scored just 118 runs at an average of 14.75 in eight innings in the domestic competition, and took that lack of form into the worldwide season.

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