Rohit, Kuldeep Yadav star as India win maiden ODI series in South Africa

PORT ELIZABETH: For the first time in 26 years, a visiting Indian group recorded a first in South Africa, profitable their maiden one-day collection after a 73-run win in the fifth ODI at St George’s Park on Tuesday.

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Rohit Sharma’s 126-ball 115 and Kuldeep Yadav’s four-wicket haul and an overly spectacular spell from allrounder Hardik Pandya formed the win. India now lead the six-match one-day collection 4-1, with the collection determined in India’s favour. Setting South Africa 275 runs to win after batting first, the Indian attack noticed the hosts get started on an overly certain observe. Opener Hashim Amla’s 92-ball 71 and skipper Aiden Markram’s run-a-ball 32 gave South Africa a 52-run opening partnership.

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It wasn’t until Jasprit Bumrah had Markram set again, caught at mid-off, and Pandya working out Amla by mere inches off the crease that India started to flex their muscles. The most effective other resistance from South Africa got here when middle-order batsmen David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen started any other attack - continuing from the Pink Day massacre - to keep the side in the hunt.

Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal, however, saved the power on and India surged ahead on what grew to become out to be an excellent wicket for a one-day tournament. There was one thing for everyone right here – batsmen were given centuries, bowlers were given tempo and leap and the spinners were given their proportion of turn. All factors put in combination, India emerged the simpler group.

Earlier in the day, after South Africa gained the toss and elected to box, Rohit Sharma’s century remained the day’s batting highlight. The remainder of the batting line-up, barring Virat Kohli over again, conveyed a sorry story.


Fourteen balls, two runs, 3 wickets. From 176-3 in 31.5 overs and 236-4 in 42.2, India were given decreased to 238-6 and sooner or later wrapped up at 274-7 in 50 overs. The entire middle-order, post Kohli’s dismissal, folded in 10.1 overs for a trifling 89 runs, of which 25 got here off Rohit’s bat.


From what have been an expected fear all this whilst - of the middle-order not getting enough publicity in the first 3 one-dayers - the remaining two of this six-match collection have put the onus again whether this Indian group has discovered its trunk in the batting line-up to see them through over the course of the following 15 months.


India started neatly and could’ve executed better if not for Kohli and Rahane working themselves out when there wasn’t a run. The onus remained on Rohit to get India moving and the opener were given lucky with two possibilities – the first being any other run-out scare and the second a sitter brought to third guy by Tabraiz Shamsi.


During the chase, South Africa’s batsmen were over again undone by spin, with chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav bagging 4 sensational wickets because the hosts folded for 201 in 42.2 overs.
Rohit, Kuldeep Yadav star as India win maiden ODI series in South Africa Rohit, Kuldeep Yadav star as India win maiden ODI series in South Africa Reviewed by kailash soni on February 14, 2018 Rating: 5
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