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South Africa is a much better team when they play in Pink jersey, at Johannesburg the Proteas held their nerves and won the thrilling ODI.
But yesterday at Port Elizabeth, the South Africans were back in their original green jersey. They couldn’t repeat their heroics and gave India their first ever ODI series win on their home soil.
The 5th ODI match at St. George’s Park was a thrilling one, South Africa won the toss and asked India to bat first.
This time the Indian batting was led by Hit Man’s knock. His 115 runs was the stand out innings for India.
Shikhar Dhawan started off well at the other end, he was the one who was in good form.
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma started off very carefully.
Hit Man took his time and paced his innings beautifully.
The opening duo added 48 runs for the first wicket, this partnership was looking dangerous as Rohit too started attacking the South African bowlers.
It was Kagiso Rabada who broke this decent opening stand, Rabada dismissed Dhawan for 34 runs.
Then came skipper Virat Kohli, he too continued his good form. Rohit shared another partnership that put India in command.
Virat and Rohit bat well together, for the first time in this ODI series they shared a 100 plus stand.
In this ODI match, Kohli and Sharma added 105 runs, but again the misunderstanding between the two costs India a big wicket of the Skipper Virat Kohli. He scored 36 runs.
Virat has been run out the most times whenever he has Rohit at the other end.
India had spoiled the start which given by the openers and which was continued by Rohit and Virat.
The middle order failed yet again, Ajinkya Rahane has been silent with the bat after the 1st ODI, he continued his poor form in the 5th ODI.
Rahane was also run out due to his misunderstanding with Rohit Sharma. Rahane could score only 8 runs.
Instead of MS Dhoni, Shreyas Iyer was promoted up the order, he batted well with Rohit Sharma for some time.
In this process, Rohit brought up his maiden hundred in South Africa. His was brilliant and a delight to watch for his fans.
India needed Rohit to stay till the end, but that wasn’t the case. After adding 60 runs with Shreyas Iyer, Hit Man departed after scoring 115 runs.
After Rohit’s wicket Hardik Pandya was also promoted ahead of MS Dhoni, Pandya lasted for just 1 delivery. Lungi Ngidi took Pandya’s wicket for 0.
It was all upto young Iyer and Veteran Dhoni to guide India through the 50 over mark.
Shreyas Iyer was out early, he was caught behind by Klaasen for 30 runs. Nigdi picked up the wicket of Shreyas Iyer.
Exactly 4 overs later, Lungi Ngidi struck again. This time with a huge blow, MS Dhoni was his victim. MSD was caught by Markram for 13 runs.
Bhuvi was the a lone batsman for India yet again, he guided India to their 50 over mark.
India managed only 274 runs in their allotted 50 overs.
The middle order failed to capitalise the start which was given by Dhawan and Rohit and later Kohli and Rohit carried that start.
South African bowlers made a good comeback once again; they were again successful to restrict the powerful Indian batting lineup for less than 300 runs.
Lungisani Ngidi was the star for South Africa, he picked 4 crucial wickets and gave away only 51 runs in his 9 overs.
Kagiso Rabada was the other wicket taker for the Proteas. He took 1 wicket to his name.
The openers started very well in this run chase, Hashim Amla and Skipper Adien Markram continued their decent form.
They both added their first 50 run partnership in this ODI series.
Their opening stand was about to set the tone, just than skipper Markram was caught by Skipper Kohli for 32 runs. Bumrah again provided India with the breakthrough.
JP Duminy failed yet again to deliver at number 3 position, he was caught by Rohit Sharma for just 1 run.
Hardik Pandya struck another huge blow for South Africa, their premier batsman AB De Villers was caught behind by Dhoni for just 6 runs.
After losing these three wickets, The Proteas were in a spot of bother.
David Miller and Hashim Amla tried to get South Africa closer to the Indian total.
They shared a decent stand of 62 runs, which wasn’t enough for hosts to win the game.
Yuzvendra Chahal breaks this partnership when David Miller was clean bowled for 36 runs.
Then the run out of Hashim Amla added insult to the injury for South Africa. Amla was run out by Pandya after playing so well for his 71 runs.
Heinrich Klaasen wanted to repeat his heroics but this time he had no one to support him.
South Africa missed Chris Morris in this chase.
As Andile Phehlukwayo was out for a duck, he was clean bowled by Kuldeep Yadav and the lower order didn’t bat well to help Klaasen.
After Phehlukwayo, Rabada, Henrich Klaasen, Morkel and Tabraiz Shamsi were the victims of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
South Africa could only score 201 runs, they were bundled out in just 42.2 overs.
The wrist spinners came back strongly after their loss at Johannesburg.
Kuldeep Yadav picked up 4 wickets to his name, Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya also bowled well. They picked up 2 wickets each.
Jasprit Bumrah was the other wicket taker, he picked up 1 wicket to his name.
India won the match by 73 runs and Kohli and co also won the series 4-1 with 1 ODI still to go.
This is India’s 9th successive ODI series win, Virat Kohli has the second highest wins after 40 ODI matches as captain. He is behind Australia’s Ricky Pointing.
Man of Match was awarded to Rohit Sharma for his 115 run knock.
The last ODI match of the series will be played on Friday 16th February 2018 at Centurion.