5th ODI: Rohit, Kuldeep shine as India seal historic series win in South Africa
India thrashed South Africa by 73 runs within the fifth ODI to safe the sequence at Port Elizabeth St George’s Park on Tuesday. They now lead the six-game rubber Four-1, and with this win they’ve additionally formally grow to be the quantity ODI group on the earth, going previous South Africa.
India’s first win in six outings in Port Elizabeth additionally caused their first bilateral ODI sequence win within the rainbow nation.
After being put into bat by Aiden Markram, the vacationers posted 274/7 thanks largely to Rohit Sharma’s 17th ton (115). The second-wicket 105-run stand between Rohit and Kohli (36 off 54 balls) set the tone for the Indian win after the previous and Dhawan (34) had given the guests a 48-run begin.
At one time, the Indians had been on track for a 300+whole however they misplaced the plot within the final 10 overs as they scored simply 55 runs in that interval. That gave South Africa a glimmer of hope.
The hosts obtained begin however the Indian bowlers got here again into the sport and helped the group bowl out the Proteas for simply 201 in 42.2 overs with Kuldeep Yadav taking Four/57.
Hardik Pandya failed terribly as a batsman with a first-ball duck however later made up for that along with his wonderful bowling.
Though Jasprit Bumrah broke the first-wicket 52-run stand between Hashim Amla and Aiden with the latter’s wicket, it was Pandya’s wickets of JP Duminy and AB de Villiers in back-to-back overs that utterly turned the tide in India’s favour.
Later he additionally ran out Amla with a direct throw for 71 to douse no matter little hopes the hosts had.
The Indian spinners got here again into prominence after the licking that they had obtained in Johannesburg. Kuldeep, who was the choose of the Indian bowlers, picked up three wickets in an over, whereas Yuzvendra Chahal chipped in with two wickets to facilitate India’s trigger.
Rohit effectively and actually silenced his critics with this ton. He took 126 balls and smashed 11 fours and 4 sixes.
The sixth and final recreation of the sequence will probably be performed at Centurion’s SuperSport Park on Friday.