Virender Sehwag too failed in South Africa, averaging just 15 as against 35.05 in his ODI career.
The fourth ODI between India and South Africa will take place at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. So far in two matches, Chahal (seven) and Kuldeep (six) have shared 13 wickets between them.
Just when the Indian pair started looking invincible, part-time off-spinner Jean Paul Duminy came to the rescue of the hosts with the crucial wicket of Dhawan, who chipped wide off midwicket only to be latched on by stand-in captain Aiden Markram.
Morkel hasn't come close to achieving that kind of success at any of South Africa's other regular venues for ODIs.
Off his second ball, Kuldeep sent Markram packing for a hard-fought 32. Meanwhile, Kohli, who had successfully reversed an lbw decision early in the innings, kept the scoreboard ticking even though he kept losing partners.
There was still more history in the fact that Imran Tahir ended a spell of 137 ODI deliveries without taking a wicket when he had MS Dhoni caught on the long-on boundary in the 42nd over. The Indian captain was almost dismissed for a blob by Kagiso Rabada, when Ian Gould raised his finger for an LBW shout. The three-time ODI double-centurion now averages 12.10 in 10 innings on South African soil and has an ODI high score of only 23. Kaur ably assisted her.
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The skipper then found a stable partner in Bhuvneshwar Kumar (16 not out) and the duo added 63 runs off only 43 balls for the seventh wicket.
India will have their sights set on an unprecedented 3-0 lead when they take on the hosts. No wonder the South Africans were bowled out for 125 runs.
She achieved the feat in her 166th ODI by dismissing opener Laura Wolvaardt. However, a lack of footwork saw him nicking one from Chris Morris to debutant wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen to walk back on 14. Sometimes it does happen that you don't score runs.
India's spin-trio returned combined figures of 19.5-2-72-8, with Yadav being the most successful with analysis of 4 for 24 in her 7.5 overs.
With du Plessis scoring a 112-ball 120, South Africa put up 269/8 in the first ODI. While South Africa shot into a 2-0 lead, the visitors had to chop and change repeatedly to find a plausible combination throughout the prior series.In the present, there is once again no need to change things around.