Febrero 19, 2018

South Africa wins toss and bowls against India in 5th ODI

14 Febrero 2018, 06:06 | Gerardo Tarin

Indian spinners conceded 119 runs in 11.3 overs

Indian spinners conceded 119 runs in 11.3 overs

Rohit Sharma inspired India to a victory over South Africa and a series win that ensures they will leapfrog the Proteas and go top of the one-day rankings.

India are now 4-1 up in the series. His century, with 11 fours and four sixes, took India to 274-7 after being asked to bat first by South Africa.

As far as Playing XI is concern, India are going with the same squad that slump to a five-wicket defeat at the hands of the home side in the fourth ODI in Johannesburg.

Kohli (393 runs) and Shikhar Dhawan (271 runs) have scored almost thrice the number of runs put together by the remaining batsmen (239) while other Indian batsman are struggling which is a cause of worry for the team management. The win was setup by a superb Rohit Sharma century, and a relentlessly disciplined and incisive bowling effort.

Hashim Amla played a measured innings of 71 and shared partnerships of 62 with David Miller and 39 with Heinrich Klaasen. But above all, wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav once again tipped the game in India's favour with six wickets between them. India's ODI series victory came after they lost 2-1 in the three tests played between the two countries last month.

Indian captain Virat Kohli said he would have preferred to bowl. It was riddled with fine shots, edged boundaries and more frustratingly for the dressing room - run outs of Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. Despite Rohit's 115 off 126 balls, India failed to consolidate during the final 10 overs as they scored only 55 runs after being comfortably placed at 219 for four. The 35-year-old veteran cricketer, whose biopic is named "Chakdaha Express", made history during the ODI series by becoming the first woman cricketer in the world to pick up a total of 200 ODI wickets.

India opener Rohit Sharma revealed the reason for his quiet celebration despite having slammed a century in the fifth One Day International match against South Africa here.

Ngidi struck again the very next ball as Hardik Pandya suffered the same fate as Rohit and had to trudge back to the pavilion for a golden duck.

Another bad mix-up saw Ajinkya Rahane get run out by Morne Morkel for just eight runs. They've got their game plans nailed so credit to how they've played.

While this wasn't the best South African team on the field but coming back after losing the Test series takes some heart which the "Men in Blue" showed.

Live telecast: The match can be seen live on Sony Ten 1 (English commentary) and Sony Ten 3 (Hindi commentary). The match will kick start at 4:30 PM IST (D/N) today.

It was Jasprit Bumrah who dismissed the skipper to give India the first break through.

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