Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

South Africa wins toss and bowls against India in 5th ODI

South Africa wins toss and bowls against India in 5th ODI

Indian team led by an inspirational Virat Kohli today scripted history by winning its first ever series across formats on the South African soil as they crushed South Africa by 73 runs thereby taking an unassailable 4-1 lead in the six-match ODI series.

It will be interesting to see what bowling combination the hosts will go in with.

Rohit Sharma finally ended his run drought with a well-paced 115 (11×4, 4×6) to set up India's win as the tourists put up 274 for 7 in 50 overs. Rohit Sharma was the "Man of the Match". After looking at India's score, it seemed that he was nearly 50 runs short. Following his wicket, JP Duminy and David Miller followed his footsteps back to the pavilion. They did it with 15 balls still to be bowled.

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South Africa won the toss and made a decision to bowl first. "The former captain and Hardik Pandya could not have hoped for a more solid platform to launch an attack and get India to a massive score", he added further. This is a huge turning point in the game. From then, it was only Amla who stood between India and victory.

South Africa chased down a revised target of 202, ultimately easily, after David Miller was bowled off a no-ball, given a life, and used it crack a match-turning 39 from 28 balls. He will look to continue his good form, while AB de Villiers will continue to boost them. India are right back in the game.

The match seemed in balance when Amla and Aiden Markram were putting on 52 runs for the opening wicket in just 9.4 overs, but Jasprit Bumrah made the breakthrough, getting the South African captain to toe-end a ball to mid-on. Will the visitors find a breakthrough?

After Amla, South Africa went from 166-5 to 201 all out in the space of eight overs and those last five wickets all fell to the spin of Yadav or Chahal.

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Sharma's 17 ODI hundred came at the expense of a couple of run-outs - both top-order batsmen Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, in 26 and 37 over of the innings, respectively.

For South Africa, Lungisani Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 4/51 while Kagiso Rabada picked up a wicket.

And despite, Klaasen's late assault, India managed to wrap the innings with relative ease and registered their ninth consecutive bilateral series win in ODIs.

Shreyas Iyer has been showing the elements of an global batsman, but he has failed to strike big as he edged Ngidi to Klaasen behind the wicket just when it seemed that he was building the platform for a late innings flourish.

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