5th ODI: India beat South Africa to clinch maiden series win

NEW DELHI: India in spite of everything won an ODI collection in South Africa. The visitors defeated the Proteas by way of 73 runs in the fifth one-day global at the St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, to take a 4-1 lead in the six-match collection.

Scorecard: India vs South Africa, 5th ODI | As it came about

India bowlers led by way of Kuldeep Yadav (4/57) and Hardik Pandya (2/30) bowled South Africa out for 201 in 42.2 overs, registering a complete victory, after Rohit Sharma scored 100 to lend a hand India set a challenging 275-run target. South Africa misplaced their last four wickets for five runs to the spin duo as India claimed a historical maiden collection win.

Yuzvendra Chahal (2/43) also took two wickets for India, whilst Jasprit Bumrah (1/22) chipped in with a wicket. Hashim Amla top-scored for the hosts with 71 off 92 balls.

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After a good start of their chase, South Africa misplaced 3 wickets in quick succession - AB de Villiers, JP Duminy and Aiden Markram. Markram was once in good nick and scored 32 off 32 balls which integrated a six and 4 barriers. The Proteas skipper also placed on 52 runs for the hole wicket with Amla, sooner than giving a easy catch to his counterpart Virat Kohli at mid-off off Bumrah in the 10th over.

Seven balls later, Pandya pushed aside Duminy in his first over, sooner than landing the massive wicket of de Villiers in the second one. South Africa were reduced to 65/3 in 12.5 overs from 52/zero in 9.3. Amla and David Miller then resurrected the South African run chase by way of including 62 for the fourth wicket. Miller (36 off 51 balls), whilst trying to increase the pace, was once clean bowled by way of Chahal in the 27th over.

But not like at Wanderers, South African batsmen found it difficult to negotiate India's wrist spinners - Yadav and Chahal. The spin duo gave away 100 runs of their 19.2 overs and took six wickets and along with Pandya, they squeezed the runs in the heart overs.

In the only end, Amla persevered to keep South Africa in the hunt and scored his 35th ODI fifty off 72 balls, hitting 3 fours. Amla added 39 for the fifth wicket with Heinrich Klaasen, but his lengthy vigil led to an unlucky method crushed by way of Pandya's direct hit. And it ended South Africa's hopes for a comeback in the event.

Earlier, after a chain of dismal performances, scoring just 40 runs in first four ODIs, Rohit roared again to form and scored his 17th ODI hundred as India made 274/7 after sent in to bat. He smashed 11 fours and 4 sixes to score a classy 115 off 126 balls. Rohit added 3 the most important partnerships all over his innings - 48 with Shikhar Dhawan, 105 with Virat Kohli and 60 with Shreyas Iyer. But his premature wicket in the 43rd over stopped India from attaining 300-mark.

Pacer Lungi Nigidi induced a overdue cave in for India as he took four wickets, together with back-to-back wickets in the 43rd. India misplaced 3 of those wickets for just two runs and in 12 balls, all caught behind by way of wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen. Ngidi completed with figures of four for 51 in nine overs and restricted India to 55 runs in the ultimate ten overs.

India openers gave India a good start with Dhawan and Rohit including 48, sooner than Kagiso Rabada were given the simpler of the left-hander in the eighth over. Dhawan hit 8 barriers all over his 34-run cameo off 23 balls.

Rohit and Kohli then maintained the early momentum and took India to 100-mark in 17.1 overs. After a wary start, Rohit unfolded by way of hitting two sixes, one each and every off Rabada and Ngidi, as he reached his first fifty (off 50 balls) of the collection. While Rohit was once scoring in good velocity, Kohli was once uncharacteristically sluggish hitting just one four in his first 52 balls. And the creation of spinners, JP Duminy and Tabraiz Shamsi, also slowed down India's scoring rate in the heart overs.


Kohli was once not in his components and his 2d boundary, at 3rd guy, came in the 26th over. But quickly, whilst trying to steal a quick run, a miscommunication between him and Rohit sent the India skipper again to the pavilion. Kohli scored 36 off 54 balls, which integrated just two barriers, but added 105 for the second one wicket with Rohit in 18.1 overs. It was once the seventh time, Kohli and Rohit are desirous about a run out and the current skipper was once the victim in five events.


India misplaced any other wicket to expire when Ajinkya Rahane (8) was once sent again by way of Rohit whilst going for a fast unmarried. With that, India misplaced two wickets for 23 runs in 6.2 overs. Along with young Iyer, Rohit stabilised the innings and reached his 17th hundred off 107 balls. The duo added a valuable 60 runs for the fourth wicket in 10.3 overs.


Then Ngidi scalped centurion Rohit and allrounder Hardik Pandya in consecutive balls, in a maiden 43rd over, to place a brake on India's run charge. Ngidi then removed Iyer (30) in his subsequent over, sooner than pushing aside Dhoni (13) in the penultimate over of the event.


Brief ratings: India 274/7 (Rohit Sharma 115; Lungi Ngidi 4/51) beat South Africa 201 all out (Hashim Amla 71; Kuldeep Yadav 4/57) by way of 73 runs
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