India register first-ever ODI Series win in South Africa
Feb 14 2018 by Dustin Murphy
This is a huge turning point in the game. On the private score of the most important batsman of the host team Abraham De Villiers 6, Pandya's ball was caught behind Dhoni's hand in the back of the wicket. India are right back in the game. The leg-spinner however, doesn't have to wait long for the final wicket of the innings, as the lanky batsmen gets trapped leg-before the very next delivery, for the South African innings to come to an end.
"Aiden Markram has been asked to captain and he's shown some glimpses". Will the visitors find a breakthrough? "He is unique in his own way and that is exactly how cricketers should be", the fielding coach lavished praise on the former India captain. It didn't cost South Africa much as Kohli was run out soon after, with the third-wicket stand also ending in similar fashion when Rahane was run-out.
"The form of Rohit Sharma is a big concern and so is the strike rate and consistency of Dhoni and Pandya".
No Indian men's side since 1992, has ever won a series across any format in South Africa.
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Rohit led the tourists, striking his 17th ODI century before chinaman Kuldeep Yadav returned figures of 4/51 to bowl the Proteas out for 201, in their chase of 274. It was riddled with fine shots, edged boundaries and more frustratingly for the dressing room - run outs of Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. Will he score a hundred today? Virat Kohli has been among runs throughout the ODI series. In Cape Town, Kagiso Rabada not only bowled a wide but also dismissed Rohit at the end of it. "These are some quality Indian players in good form so credit to them, they nailed the execution of their plans", said Markram who is standing in for the injured Faf du Plessis. I knew I didn't have to change a lot and the runs would come.
This time too India won the toss and chose to bat, only to lose opener Sourav Ganguly for a duck. India rode on Rohit's ton to decimate South Africa and script a historic series win in the six-match ODI series.
The two teams will then contest in a three-match T20 series, beginning February 18.
The Proteas won the fourth match by DLS method as it was a rain-affected game in Johannesburg.
After having played a fantastic brand of cricket in the ODI series, India are win away from cementing their place as the numer 1 side in ODIs.
On the tour so far, Rohit had tallied 118 runs in eight innings across two Tests and four ODIs.On Tuesday, he nearly doubled that at St. George's Park.