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India vs South Africa 2023 Highlights: Top 3 Best moments that caught fans’ attention in 3rd ODI ft. Sanju Samson

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On Thursday, December 21, in the India vs South Africa ODI series decider, India secured a decisive victory over South Africa prevailing by a margin of 78 runs in Paarl and ultimately claiming the series with a 2-1 scoreline. KL Rahul achieved a noteworthy milestone by becoming the second Indian captain, following in the footsteps of Virat Kohli, to triumph in an ODI series on South African soil—a remarkable feat. The third match presented initial challenges for the Indian team as they were tasked to bat first by the Proteas, finding themselves in a precarious situation. Nonetheless, a formidable century partnership between Sanju Samson and Tilak Varma, along with a brisk cameo from Rinku Singh, propelled India to a formidable total of 296/8 in their allotted 50 overs.

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#3 Rajat Patidar’s first boundary for India

Ruturaj Gaikwad is still recovering from a finger injury sustained in the second ODI, paving the way for Rajat Patidar to make his debut for India as an opener. Although he didn’t achieve a high score, his innings of 22 (16) revealed why he is highly regarded in the Indian domestic circuit. Patidar’s remarkable ability as a player was evident in the way he elegantly dispatched a delivery through point for a boundary. The ball raced to the fence, leaving both commentators and fans in awe of his skill. Given his consistent performances in domestic cricket and the IPL, Patidar has the potential to become a regular in the Indian cricket team.

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#2 Sanju Samson’s maiden ODI hundred (SA vs IND)

Sanju Samson has consistently been a cricketer who has sparked differing opinions among fans in recent years. Some argue that he has not received the consistent opportunities he merits, while others believe he has not fully capitalized on the chances presented to him. Nevertheless, in Paarl, Samson seized the moment and asserted himself by scoring an impressive 108 runs off just 114 balls, achieving his first ODI century. His celebratory display, including showcasing his bicep, likely symbolized the resilience he demonstrated in continuously improving and staging comebacks despite experiencing fluctuations in his place in the team.

#1 Sai Sudharsan’s stunning catch 

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South Africa consistently lost wickets following promising partnerships, but it was Heinrich Klaasen‘s dismissal that dealt a severe blow to their pursuit. Klaasen seemed poised for a substantial score at 21, requiring an exceptional effort to remove him. This extraordinary play materialized in the form of an outstanding catch by Sai Sudharsan. Avesh Khan’s delivery gripped the pitch, causing Klaasen to mistime his shot, resulting in a lofted ball towards mid-off. Sudharsan sprinted in, executing a perfectly timed dive to secure the catch just inches above the ground. This pivotal wicket disrupted South Africa’s momentum, and the hosts struggled thereafter in their chase.

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