South Africa stays alive in ODI series vs India

South Africa stays alive in ODI series vs India

India's win was set up by 115 from opener Rohit Sharma - his first significant score of the tour - and sealed by wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, the standout bowlers in the series and constant thorns in the side of the South African batsmen. Mohammed Shami claimed five wickets, as India won the match by 63 runs and maintained its record of not losing in Johannesburg. This synergy between a daintily skilled six-hitter and the world's most renowned constructor of an ODI innings allowed India to hover around the 6rpo mark even while the Indian captain scored a run for every two balls he faced.

Incoming batsman Shreyas Iyer (30) played the flawless second fiddle to Rohit, engaging in a 60-run fourth wicket stand before Ngidi struck with the wicket of the centurion.

Cape Town - A century from Rohit Sharma saw India to a respectable 274/7 after their allotted 50 overs in the 5th ODI at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth. Ngidi took four wickets for South Africa which started the chase very well as the openers put on 52 runs. The over hundred-run partnership between Amla and Elgar, which was threatening to take the match away from India, was broken.

Equally well complimented bowling department, led by the wrist spinning pair of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have been hard to be picked up by South Africa throughout the series, will continue to be the lethal weapons for India.

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.

"I think it was another complete performance from us and something we needed to do after the last game", India captain Virat Kohli said.

India's history on South African soil has created history with the centenary innings of Rohit Sharma, the magnificent bowling of Kuldeep and the hearty heart of Hardik. His breezy 23-ball 34 eased a lot of pressure on Rohit, who preferred not to take first strike in this match.

South Africa have been out-bowled‚ out-batted and at times‚ out-fielded by an Indian side that thumped them by 73 runs in the fifth one-day global at St George's Park on Tuesday. Including this one, there are two more matches still left to end the on-going series. "We were in a spot of bother when I got to my century and that's why the celebrations were low key".

India will play South Africa in their fifth ODI at St. George's Park at Port Elizabeth on February 13, Tuesday.

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram (capt), JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi.

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