India sealed the ODI series winning the fifth fixture at Port Elizabeth by 73 runs. This is the first victory of the team in a bilateral series in South Africa across any format. India scored 274 runs sent in to bat first. Rohit Sharma’s century knocked bolstered the inning, but the wrist spinners have been the primary bet for India in the campaign so far. India bowlers slogged South Africa in 42 overs taking down the batting line at 201. Yadav nicked 4 wickets in the inning, while Chahal had two. Winning the fifth game, India left the sixth match as a dead rubber. The series is now at 4-1, as the host won the fourth match earlier.
India started the inning with openers Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan striking 48 runs in the stretch or more than 7 overs. Rohit Sharma got back his form in the match after more than 20 ODIs beating a century. In the early overs, Kagiso Rabada took down Dhawan, but Rohit milked the bowler latter.
The second wicket partnership between Kohli and Rohit took the score to 153, until the former was run-out. It was after 25 overs when Rohit did not want to leave his crease to take a single. The batsmen knocked a delivery off Morne Morkel playing a backfoot. Kohli, on the other end was already half-way to take a single, but Sharma was hesitant for it. JP Duminy took this chance and pointed the ball directly into the stumps taking down the captain. Ajinkya Rahane also fell in a similar fashion after six overs as Rohit let go another single.
Rohit Sharma survived a number of appeals as well as catches, but he reached the century playing careful shots, even if it required slowing down the run rate. In the middle overs, the run rate slowed down and the team kept on losing wickets after Rohit was caught in the 43rd over, scoring 115 runs off 126 balls. Down the line, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar added some scores.
South Africa started the chase with a headstrong partnership between Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram, but the run rate was moderate. The openers played more than 9 overs to bring 52 runs until Bumrah attacked Markram. It made the way to an early wobble in the team as JP Duminy and AB de Villiers followed by the 13th over. Soon, the host was at 3 for 65. Hashim Amla played with David Miller to form a middle order partnership of 62 runs until the 27th over. Miller added 36 runs in the stretch. Amla scored 71 off 92 balls batting until he was run out in the 35th over. The rest of line-up did not survive for long as Yadav and Chahal bolstered the attack.
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