Team India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant got out for a golden duck in the third and final ODI against South Africa at Newlands in Centurion.
Chasing 288 runs set by the Proteas, India lost their captain KL Rahul in the fifth over. But Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli forged a 98-run partnership for the second wicket to put the visiting team on track. Just when things were looking bright for India, Dhawan gave away his wicket.
In walked Rishabh Pant at No.4, who played a valiant knock of 85 runs in the last match. But the youngster failed to replicate his form in Centurion. Rishabh Pant unleashed an extravagant drive in the very first ball, slicing it to deep extra cover. He came down in an attempt to go over the cover boundary but found Andile Phehlukwayo in the deep.
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Meanwhile, the fans were certainly not happy with Rishabh Pant’s approach and slammed him for playing a rash shot.
Watch some reactions:
Virat Kohli's reaction when Rishabh Pant got out on the first ball because played a flashy shot on the first ball. pic.twitter.com/q70p80eUsC
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) January 23, 2022
Rishabh Pant has failed in ODI chases again. Has above 45 avg while batting first but shit chasing.
Ironically, he's best in 4th innings in tests and both his T20I 50s came while chasing.
You really can't push him under one category
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Deepak Chahar’s goes in vain as South Africa hold nerve to win 3-0
Reeling at 118/3, India were relying heavily on Virat Kohli to put on a big score and the team home. But Kohli departed after another half-century with the faulty middle-order exposed once again.
Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav made decent contributions but couldn’t carry on in the innings. Both departed in quick succession before Deepak Chahar unleashed a superlative victory to almost win it for India.
But their chance sanked with his dismissal after a well made half-century. South Africa bowled out India for 283 runs, thus winning the game by four runs and inflicting a whitewash on India.