Rohit ton drives India in PE

Sunil Gavaskar

The men-in-blue won the first three matches of the six-game series and thus were eyeing for a clean sweep.

India will play South Africa in the fifth ODI of the series at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on 13 February. India are yet to register a victory on this ground and have been able to score more than 200 runs for the first time here. The likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer and MS Dhoni failed to provide the acceleration needed in the closing stages as India went from 200-2 in 34 overs to eventually finish on 289-7.

The top three of Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli contributed four centuries, three half-centuries and almost 900 runs between them in the five games.

The highest total successfully chased was by Australia in 2002, when they scored 330/7 to beat South Africa by 3 wickets.

South Africa chased down a revised target of 202, ultimately easily, after David Miller was bowled off a no-ball, given a life, and used it crack a match-turning 39 from 28 balls.

Not often you will have two spin bowlers winning you matches in overseas conditions, but in Yuzvendra Chahal (14 wickets at an average of 16) and Kuldeep Yadav (16 wickets at an average of 11.56) have broken all preconceived notions and after five matches have 30 (Yes, you have read it right!) wickets between them.

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Three quick wickets tilted the balance in India's favour and South Africa's hopes of closing the gap in the series to 3-2 seemed to dissipate when Amla was run out after a becalmed 71 from 92 balls.

WICKET! South Africa have got the big wicket of Virat Kohli, who is run-out for 36.

One name they are yet to try at that position is Rohit Sharma.

Ngidi continued his magic spell, scalping Hardik Pandya (0) next ball before former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked into the middle. Put in to bat, it was Shikhar Dhawan who set the tone for India. We didn't lack good quality players, but poor selection in the first two Tests cost India the series. Indian skipper Kohli admitted that the hosts played it better and pulled through it and thus managed to win.

South Africa Women: Dane van Niekerk (C), Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Odine Kirsten, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Moseline Daniels. He was obviously infuriated at Rohit Sharma for the run out.

South Africa: Aiden Markram (captain), Jean-Paul Duminy, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungisani Ngidi, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Imran Tahir, Farhaan Behardien, Khaya Zondo, Tabraiz Shamsi.

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