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Rohit Sharma scored his 17th ODI hundred © AFP
Rohit Sharma scored his 17th ODI hundred © AFP

Rohit Sharma’s highest ODI score in South Africa read 23 before this match. There were talks of India dropping him to play Ajinkya Rahane at the top and add an extra batsman in the middle order. But nothing of that happened. Rohit quashed the critics and accumulated his 17th hundred in the format amidst a controversy or two, taking India to 274 for 7 at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth in the fifth ODI. Here are some highlights from the Indian innings.

Dhawan goes bonkers

Shikhar Dhawan continued going all guns blazing. On a track that had lateral movement, Dhawan decided to launch a counterattack. 32 of his 34 runs came in boundaries. He could have gone on to score a big knock had Kagiso Rabada not set him up with a barrage of bouncers. Dhawan was forced to pull to the throat of deep square-leg.

Kohli gets into his elements

Virat Kohli was mindful of his strokeplay. With two slips waiting for an edge, Kohli decided to let the ones pitched outside off go to the wicketkeeper. Although he had a slow start, he made sure he made amends once he gets his eye in. Then had a mix-up with Rohit and ran himself out. Before Rohit could judge whether to go for the quick single, Kohli was already halfway down the pitch. He went for 36 off 54.

Rahane falls prey

Ajinkya Rahane wanted a quick run, but Rohit was busy watching the ball. He turned down Rahane’s call only when it was too late.

Rohit heaves a sigh

Rohit continued playing his strokes. He had been involved in two run outs, and adding more runs was the only way to make amends. However, he did well on a wicket that gradually slowed down. He especially pounced on short deliveries. His best stroke a pull against Rabada over deep-square leg.

South Africa gave him a reprieve when he was on 96. Tabraiz Shamsi dropped an absolute sitter at third-man. Rohit then brought up his hundred with a flick past fine-leg.

India lose the plot

At one point India were set for a 300-plus target, but South Africa spectacularly staged a comeback and frustrated the Indians by taking wickets at regular intervals. The wrecker-in-chief was Lungi Ngidi. He dismissed Rohit and Hardik Pandya off consecutive deliveries. Shreyas Iyer added a vital 30 before but Ngidi got the better of him as well.

India were left with MS Dhoni. He did manage a boundary, but Ngidi outfoxed him pace and bounce. India lost 4 for 29.

Brief scores:

India 274 for 4 (Rohit Sharma 115, Virat Kohli 36; Lungisani Ngidi 4 for 51) vs South Africa.

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Editorial team of CricketCountry.