Sanju Samson shines as India beat South Africa to win the historic series

Sanju Samson scored a ton in the third ODI.© AFP

Sanju Samson hit a fine century as India defeated South Africa by 78 runs in the third ODI to win the three-match series 2-1 on Thursday. Sent into bat, India lost both openers early before Samson (108 off 114 balls), his maiden ODI hundred, and Tilak Varma (52 off 77 balls) made useful contributions to take 296 for eight. Rinku Singh (38 of 27) also came to the visitors. Beuran Hendricks (3/63) was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa, while Nandre Burger (2/64) also accounted for two wickets.

Chasing 297, opener Tony de Zorzi made 81 off 87 balls, but none of the other Proteas batters could back him up as the hosts made 218 in 45.5 overs.

For India, Arshdeep Singh (4/30), Washington Sundar (2/38) and Avesh Khan (2/45) were the main wicket takers.

Brief scores: India: 296 for 8 in 50 overs (Sanju Samson 108, Tilak Varma 52; Beuran Hendricks 3/63).

South Africa: 218 all out in 45.5 overs (Tony de Zorzi 81; Arshdeep Singh 4/30).

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