Sanju Samson’s (108) Shines as India Posts Competitive Total in Decisive Third ODI Against South Africa.

Paarl, South Africa – December 21, 2023: In a thrilling encounter at Boland Park, Paarl, India and South Africa locked horns in the third One Day International (ODI) of the series, Sanju Samson marking a crucial juncture in the India tour of South Africa, 2023-24. The match witnessed a commendable performance from the Indian batting lineup, with Sanju Samson’s century anchoring the innings to a competitive total of 296-8 in their allotted 50 overs.

sanju samson, India vs South Africa 3rd ODI
India vs South Africa 3rd ODI , image – getty image.

Sanju Samson’s century helps India to score Competitive Total .

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, India faced an early setback with the departure of Rajat Patidar (22 runs off 16 balls) in the 5th over. However, Sai Sudharsan (10 runs off 16 balls) and skipper KL Rahul (21 runs off 35 balls) attempted to stabilize the innings. The middle order, led by the impressive Sanju Samson‘s century (108 runs off 114 balls), provided the much-needed impetus.

Tilak Varma (52 runs off 77 balls) and Rinku Singh (38 runs off 27 balls) contributed valuable runs, steering India towards a formidable total. Despite a late wobble in the final overs, with Axar Patel (1 run off 3 balls) and Washington Sundar (14 runs off 9 balls) departing quickly, Arshdeep Singh’s blistering 7 runs off 2 balls ensured India finished with a challenging total of 296-8.

sanju samson scored 108 runs.
sanju samson scored 108 runs,image – getty image

Fall of Wickets: The fall of wickets reflected the ebb and flow of the Indian innings: 34-1 (Rajat Patidar, 4.4), 49-2 (Sai Sudharsan, 7.3), 101-3 (KL Rahul, 18.5), 217-4 (Tilak Varma, 41.2), 246-5 (Sanju Samson, 45.3), 255-6 (Axar Patel, 46.3), 277-7 (Washington Sundar, 48.5), and 293-8 (Rinku Singh, 49.3).

South Africa’s All Round Bowling Performance.

Nandre Burger emerged as the successful bowler for South Africa, claiming 2 wickets for 64 runs in his 9 overs. Beuran Hendricks was the pick of the best bowlers with figures of 3 for 63 in his 9 overs. Lizaad Williams (1 wicket for 71 runs) and Wiaan Mulder (1 wicket for 36 runs) also chipped in with crucial breakthroughs. Keshav Maharaj (1 wicket for 37 runs) and Aiden Markram (0 wickets for 19 runs) played supporting roles, keeping the Indian batsmen in check.

Innings Break: With a total of 296-8 at the innings break, India has set the stage for an intriguing contest, and the focus now shifts to the South African innings. The Proteas will aim to chase down the target and claim victory in this crucial encounter, while India will look to put up a disciplined bowling performance to secure the series.

As the action unfolds at Boland Park, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await a gripping second half, anticipating a nail-biting finish to this enthralling ODI clash.

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