South Africa vs India 5th ODI. Port Elizabeth. India finally triumphed the six-match series, winning the 5th ODI at St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth by 73 runs. India put in the series by 4-1 and there is still one match to go in the series. This is India’s first ever ODI Series win on the South African soil.
South Africa came to chase down the 274 runs target set by India. Batting in the second inning, South Africa first started solidly as their openers Hashim Amla (73) and Aiden Markram (32) provided them with a good start, putting 52 runs partnership for the first wicket. Then Jaspreet Bumrah (1/22) and Hardi Kandya (2/30) came into play and sent back their top order.
Indian wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav (4/57) and Yajuvendra Chahal (2/43) again showed their magic at the spin-friendly pitch of Port Elizabeth. They both together took 6 wickets and wrap the rest of the Proteas batsmen. Hence flop show of South African batters continued.
Earlier South African captain won the toss and preferred to chasing the score. But his decision did not go well as India managed 48 runs partnership for the first wicket. However, Shikhar Dhawan (35) departed early by Kagiso Rabada (1/58), but centurion Rohit Sharma (115) and captain Virat Kohli (36) put together a solid partnership of 105 runs for the second wicket. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma scored his 17th ODI century at St. George’s Park and roared back in form.
Rohit was going through the bad form in the current tour of India on the South African soil. He only managed to score 40 runs in the first 4 ODI games. But here at Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, he overcame all the odds and slammed his 17th ODI ton. He smashed 4 sixes and 10 fours during his inning. With the help of Rohit’s hundred, India managed to reach a decent total of 274/7 in 50 overs.
Ajinkya Rahane again disappointed his fans as he could only score 8 runs. Rohit Sharma also put a partnership of 60 runs for the 4th wicket with young Shreyash Iyer (30). After the dismissal of Rohit at the team score of 236 in 43rd over, no Indian batsmen could manage to stay firm at the crease against the hosts. Hence India could not finish well as expected in the end and only managed to score 38 runs more on last 47 balls.