With a comfortable victory by 73 runs in the fifth ODI, skipper Virat Kohli has achieved something that captains like Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni failed to do. Kohli and his men have finally grabbed a series win in South Africa as they lead by 4-1 now with one match still to go.
After winning the toss, South Africa put India to bat first and both the openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started with an aggressive approach. Though Dhawan departed for 34, Rohit kept going and South Africa could only stop him after he reached his hundred.
Rest of the Indian batsmen couldn’t contribute much from the middle order but Rohit’s 115 was enough to post a decent total for India. South Africa’s Ngidi was the pick of the bowler who picked up 4 crucial wickets to restrict India to 274.
In reply, skipper Aiden Markram was going with run a ball but his innings stopped at 32 when Jasprit Bumrah dismissed him with an amazing delivery. When Hashim Amla and Klaasen was looking to take away the game from India, all-rounder Hardik Pandya couldn’t let them do so. A lightning throw by Hardik ran out Amla for 71 and it completely changed the scenario of the game.
After Amla’s dismissal, it took only some time for South Africa to collapse. Leg spinner Kuldeep Yadav wrapped up the tail-enders to clinch their first ever ODI series win in South Africa.
IND 274/7 (50 ov) | Rohit 115 (126), Kohli 36 (54) | Ngidi 4/51
SA 201 (42.2 ov) | Amla 71 (92) | Kuldeep 4/57, Hardik 2/30
Result: India won by 73 runs