No respite as South Africa bowlers continue to struggle vs India

Kuldeep Yadav

No respite as South Africa bowlers continue to struggle vs India

Virat Kohli described India's first ever ODI series victory in South Africa as a "collective effort" following a 73-run win in the fifth ODI in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. Afte this series, lndia will be taking on South Africa in a three-match T20I series.

Rohit Sharma's hard-fought knock of 115 took India to 274-7 from their 50 overs during the fifth ODI against South Africa here on Tuesday.

WICKET! Lungi Ngidi is on fire, as he gets his third wicket by removing Shreyas Iyer. Offering to protect Rohit Sharma, the in-form Shikhar Dhawan walked past his partner to take first strike against Morne Morkel in the game. 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.

If India win the series 5-1, they will finish on 123 points, while South Africa will end on 117 points. The Proteas skipper also put on 52 runs for the opening wicket with Amla, before giving a simple catch to his counterpart Virat Kohli at mid-off off Bumrah in the tenth over. "Had fun in the middle and it is always a good feeling when you score a hundred and your team wins the match", Rohit said. The home team gave a good fight before folding up for 201 in 42.2 overs.

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.

Again, it was a run out that broke the partnership of 23 runs with Rahane the victim for just 8 off 18 balls and India on 176/3 in the 32nd over.

As the middle-order struggled to lift the scoring rate despite being given the flawless platform, one could not help but wonder how valuable a quick-fire 30 or 40 from Raina would have been in that instance.

India were unchanged, while South Africa picked left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi in place of all-rounder Chris Morris, who has a back strain. Amla and David Miller then resurrected the South African run chase by adding 62 for the fourth wicket. With a tough decision to make, the third umpire flashed OUT on the very big screen to create a hush inside the stadium and extinguish South Africa's hopes.

In Jhulan's absence, the Indian bowling attack lacked sting in the last match as Mignon du Preez scored a valiant 90 to pull off a consolation win for South Africa. With AB de Villiers back in the squad, the hosts will aim to keep the momentum going and tie the series. Phehlukwayo hit 23 off just five balls, swinging at everything with luster to hurry South Africa to victory.

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