Sharma ton helps India bag ODI series win

Sharma ton helps India bag ODI series win

Sharma ton helps India bag ODI series win

South Africa chased down the target in 45.1 overs to once again register a six-wicket win.

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. But I knew that if we could get 270-280, it will be hard for them because we knew the wicket is very slow and anything could happen as our wrist spinners are bowling very well and they have troubled their batsmen a lot.

The most ODIs India had won in a bilateral series against South Africa was two.

They certainly do deserve that lofty status for the visitors were simply streets ahead of the Proteas in this series.

"It's been a collective effort to create history". Rohit's 17th ODI hundred set up India's series-clinching win.

Once again, South Africa struggled to get through India's top order after getting an early wicket.

Indian captain Virat Kohli said he would have preferred to bowl.

Asked if India would make any changes in the dead rubber at Centurion, Kohli remained uncertain at the time. We want to win 5-1 for sure, but yeah, there might a scenario for a few more guys to get a chance next match. "But the ultimate priority is to win and we'll do anything we can to win".

Sharma ton helps India bag ODI series win
Sharma ton helps India bag ODI series win

Heinrich, who won the match in South Africa with Miller in the previous match, was also running from one end. They've got their game plans nailed so credit to how they've played. Was a complete collapse of sorts for the Proteas towards the end, as they lose their last four wickets for just five runs! "These are some quality Indian players in good form so credit to them, they nailed the execution of their plans", said Markram who is standing in for the injured Faf du Plessis.

"Looking back, I think they have identified that preparation-wise they needed to be here for more time".

That proved costly as the hosts kept the series alive with a thrilling five-wicket win.

In this series, still two match is to be played, interestingly it will be a key contest between Indian spinners, and South African batting line-up.

The last match of the ODI series is on Friday in Pretoria. "We'll try to work on putting that flawless game together in the next one", he concluded.

In the 5th ODI today, South Africa won the toss and put India into bat. "We stuck to our plans and am glad it came off", said Rohit after the win. "If you can keep those bowlers together as a group there is no reason why India cannot be successful in England and Australia where the fast bowlers will have to do a job".

The weather condition is likely to be a major factor during the fifth ODI. As he finally got runs in this series, Twitter erupted in joy and his fans are delighted. The Test series was very close, I believe.

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