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India vs South Africa, 6th ODI: Record-breaker Virat Kohli helps India beat South Africa by eight wickets

India was far superior ODI team that outplayed the host South African in one of the most memorable bi-lateral series in the recent memory. Virat and Dhawan was in great form with the bat and Chahal with Kuldeep was revelation in the entire series.  After an impressive bowling display, skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with the bat to help India beat South Africa by eight wickets in the sixth one-day international at the Super Sport Park in Centurion on Friday. Dominant India wrapped up the six-match series 5-1.

Virat Kohli continued his great form in the series, scoring his 35th ODI century in 82 balls, as he helped India chase down the 205-run target in 32.1 overs with eight wickets in hand. Kohli remained unbeaten on 129 off 96 balls, which included two sixes and 19 fours. And when he reached 71, Kohli became the first batsman ever to score 500 or more runs in a bilateral ODI series. Kohli finished the series with 558 runs with three centuries, a record for an Indian batsman, and one fifty in six innings. Kohli’s five innings in the series before today are – 112, 46*, 160*, 75, 36.

Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane (34 not out) took India home with an unbroken 126-run stand for the third wicket. Rahane played the second fiddle perfectly, hitting three fours in his 50-ball knock. Chasing the modest target, India lost Rohit Sharma (15) early in the fourth over to Lungi Ngidi. But Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan added 61 runs for the second wicket in nine overs while keeping the scoring rate high. Dhawan, after a watchful 18 off 34 balls, became the second wicket of Ngidi in the 13th over.

India though reached 100-run mark in 14.3 overs. And Kohli soon raced to his 47th ODI fifty in just 36 balls, hitting nine boundaries. Kohli and Rahane made sure that there were no more hiccups in the chase. Earlier, Indian bowlers proved Kohli’s decision to field right as they bowled out South Africa for 204 in 46.5 overs.

Shardal Thakur, who replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar, made his return a memorable one by taking four wickets for 52 in 8.5 overs. Thakur provided the early breakthroughs and Hardik Pandya (1/39) along with spinners Yuzvendra Chahal(2/38) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/51) kept the run-flow in check in the middle overs and shared four Proteas wickets. Jasprit Bumrah (2/24) also chipped in with two wickets.

Aiden Markram started the innings positively hitting back-to-back fours off Thakur in the first over, but Bumrah, who bowled a maiden over, squeezed the runs with some tight bowling. Thakur came back strongly and provided India an early breakthrough by dismissing Hashim Amla (10) in the seventh over.

Markram, who scored 24 off 30 balls, hit Thakur for the first six of the match in the tenth over but gave away his wicket soon as Shreyas Iyer took a blinder at the extra cover to give Thakur his second wicket.

AB de Villiers and Khaya Zondo then revived the South Africa innings with a 62-run stand for the third wicket in 11 overs. The duo specially targeted Kuldeep, who leaked 29 in his first four overs. First Zondo smashed Yadav for a back-to-back fours in the 16th over, before de Villiers scored 16 runs in the 18th hitting three consecutive boundaries. After a successful review to overturn an LBW decision, Zondo hit Chahal for two sixes. But the spinner came back strongly in his next over and clean bowled de Villiers, who hit four boundaries for 30 off 34 balls.

Two overs later, Kuldeep sent back Chris Morris (4). And Zondo then became the second victim of Chahal in the 37th over as the home team lost four wickets for 16 runs in 6.3 overs. Zondo, with a career-best 54 off 74 balls with the help of two sixes and three fours, was the top scorer for South Africa as he registered his maiden ODI fifty. Morne Morkel, who hit 19-ball 20 cameo, and Andile Phehlukwayo (34) added 36 for the eighth wicket to stop the collapse, before Pandya got the better of Morkel. Tahir then became Bumrah’s second victim. Phehlukwayo struck two sixes off Thakur to take South Africa over 200-mark, before becoming the bowler’s fourth wicket in the same over.

Brief score: India 206/2 in 32.1 overs (Virat Kohli 129*; Lungi Ngidi 2/54) beat South Africa 204 all out (Khaya Zondo 54; Shardul Thakur 4/52) by eight wickets. India won the six-match series 5-1

After Rohit’s incredible ton, spinners help visitors win 5th 0DI by 73 runs.

India registered a memorable series victory after South Africa were bowled out for 201 in 42.2 overs, while chasing the 275-run target set by the visitors. As a result of their dominant 73-run victory, the Men in Blue won their maiden ODI series in South Africa 4-1 with still one match to go. Hashim Amla shined with the bat, with a fighting 71 from 92 balls. But his fellow batsmen let him down as the hosts struggled to build prop- er partnerships. For India Kuldeep Yadav picked up four wickets, while Hardik Pandya and Y Chahal managed to pick two wickets each. Earlier, opener Rohit Sharma scored his maiden century on South African soil as India posted 274/7 against the Proteas in the fifth One-Day International at the St. George’s Park here on Tuesday. Rohit (115) who notched up his 17th ODI century hit 11 boundaries and four sixes in his 126-ball innings.

It was also his second ton against South Africa, the first one came in 2015 at Kanpur when he scored 150. The century also helped Rohit become the fourth highest century scorer in ODls for India, fol- lowing Sachin Tendulkar (49), Virat Kohli (34) and Sourav Ganguly (22). For South Africa, Lungisani Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 4/51 while Kagiso Rabada picked up a wicket. Asked to bat, openers Shikhar Dhawan (34) and Rohit got India off to a decent start before the former was removed by South African pacer Kagiso Rabada while trying to pull a good bouncer which ended straight into the arms of Andile Phehlukwayo at deep square leg.

Rohit, who struggled to score in the previous ODIs started his innings in similar fashion. However, a boundary and a hit over the fence in back-to-back overs set the momentum for the Mumbai batsman, who kept going from there. Later, one-down batsman Virat Kohli (36) played a slow 54-ball innings. He was involved in a 105 run second wicket stand with Rohit before he was ran out by Jean-Paul Duminy. Following the dismissal, Ajinkya Rahane (8) again fell victim to Rohit’s ill timed call and was ran out by Morne Merkel.

However, Rohit continued his flow of runs and brought up his century in the 36th over after he got a lucky escape batting on 96 being dropped by Tabraiz Shamsi. Incoming batsman Shreyas Iyer (30) played a steady Innings to keep the flow of runs going. He hit two boundaries in his 37-ball innings and was involved in a 60-run fourth wicket partnership with Rohit. Rohit who ended his drought of runs was cleaned up pacer Ngidi while trying to play a late cut which was easily taken by the keeper.

Incoming batsman, Hardik Pandya (0) was sent back by Ngidi in the very next delivery for a duck, which brought former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on crease. Incoming batsman, Hardik Pandya (0) was sent back by Ngidi in the very next delivery for a duck, which brought former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on crease. Incoming batsman Hardik Pandya (0) was sent back by Ngidi in the very next delivery for a duck, which brought former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on crease. MSD had limited batting exposure in the series because the top three Indian batsmen were in great nick. However, the Indian team was superior in batting and bowling departments over South Africa through out the ODI series and the results speaks of the volume of dominance Indian enjoyed over host South African to win the historic series.

Courtesy: The Pioneer with Rajiv Agnihotri in South Africa

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