Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Sharma ton helps India secure ODI series victory

Sharma ton helps India secure ODI series victory

On Tuesday, he nearly doubled that at St. George's Park. This is a very rare series defeat for South Africa at home.

India took a 4-1 lead over South Africa with one match to play in the series after a Rohit Sharma century and four wickets for the in-form Kuldeep Yadav set up a comfortable victory at St George's Park. No longer will that albatross hang around India's neck.

While India have fared extremely well under Kohli's leadership, Kallis feels that it could become a detrimental asset going forward. South Africa, however, bolstered by its victory in the last match, will have an opportunity to end the six-match series on an even note. Hashim Amla, J-P. Duminy, Villiers and David Miller might also look to come hard.

Klaasen was good value for his 39, while spinner Kuldeep Yadav was the best of the Indian bowlers with four for 57.

"Over the course of nearly every game they have picked up five wickets". Rohit's innings was not without incident. The visitors' batsmen have taken responsibility throughout with captain Virat Kohli striking two centuries and opener Shikhar Dhawan also reaching three figures. India started off well but stuttered in the final 15 overs (as it has been doing at times) to finish with 274 for 7 with useful contributions from Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Shreyas Iyer. As Chahal saw Andile Phehlukwayo end the chase with a six, Shikhar Dhawan gave Chahal a bit of a hug. The bowler would hit 150 kph during the match, and had his revenge in his next over. The T20I series will test her reputation as India's most explosive batsman, and ask her if she can establish herself as the fulcrum around which the team builds its plans for the World T20 in November.

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A superior India bowled splendidly to bottle up the South Africans. Tabraiz Shamsi has been brought in to replace Chris Morris, who has been suffering from a stiff back. Numerous replays could not determine conclusively whether Kohli had half a millimetre behind the line or not, and eventually the batsman was given not out.

Once again, MS Dhoni's inability to push the tempo in the last five overs was exposed as he could only muster 13 runs from 17 balls before being sent back to the pavillion as Lungi Ngidi's four-for put the brakes on India's run.

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Rohit, who struggled to score in the previous ODIs started his innings in similar fashion. It turned out to be the turning point of the match as South Africa lost their way after Amla's departure. His century came off just 99 balls.

WICKET! South Africa have got the big wicket of Virat Kohli, who is run-out for 36.

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