Rohit Sharma © Getty Images
Rohit Sharma © Getty Images

India won the fifth ODI of the six-match series by 73 runs, sealing the series 1-4. This was India’s maiden ODI series win in South Africa. Let us walk through the top highlights of the match:

Shikhar Dhawan’s blink-and-miss innings

Dhawan has been a thorn in South Africa’s plans in the ODI series thus far. He time and again took pressure off the middle-order batters and provided solid starts.

At Port Elizabeth, too, Dhawan dished out his drives, cuts and pulls to negate good bowling from Morne Morkel and co. He scored a swift 23-ball 34 before falling to Kagiso Rabada.

Rohit Sharma’s coming-of-age innings

Rohit’s South African tour has been nothing but a horror. Determined to make amends, Rohit played a hostile innings to quash the critics.

As expected, the longer Rohit plays, the quicker the flow of runs. Helped by 6 fours and 2 sixes, Rohit reached his first fifty-plus ODI score in South Africa.

Rohit held the innings together for India, eventually scoring his 17th hundred in the process. He fell for 115 at a crucial juncture of India. This was his maiden ODI hundred on the South African soil. His previous best score read 23 here.

Running out between the wickets

Run-outs continued to haunt India. It was more to do with the batsmen judgment than anything else. Kohli’s wicket was his own undoing, too much haste as Rohit was clearly seen uninterested in the single.

Ajinkya Rahane, on the other hand would feel extremely unlucky. A single was there to be taken, but for a ball-watching Rohit Sharma.

Lungi Ngidi throttles India

Just when India were looking to launch an all-out attack, Ngidi ruined their party.  He got rid of Rohit, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni. He ended with figures of 4 for 41.

The mighty Hash

Aiden Markram had a good start, but induced a leading edge and fell for 32. Then emerged Hardik Pandya and dismissed JP Duminy and AB de Villiers. David Miller then launched a counterattack. He bludgeoned two fours and a massive six, but that was that. Chahal knocked him over. Meanwhile, Amla combined traditional recipe and modern game and stitched a spectacular innings, which saw an array of strokes. He, however, was unlucky that Pandya inflicted a direct hit, walking back for 62 off 82.

Chinaman attains a new high

After going for plenty in the fourth ODI, Kuldeep staged a comeback. He finished with figures of 4 for 57. With this performance, he also went past Michael Bevan and is only behind Brad Hogg in the list of most wicket-takers by a Chinaman.

Brief scores:

India 274 for 7 (Rohit Sharma 115, Virat Kohli 36; Lungisani Ngidi 4 for 51) beat South Africa 201 all out in 42.2 overs (Hashim Amla 71, Heinrich Klaasen 39 ; Kuldeep Yadav 4 for 57 ) by 73 runs.

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