Kohli-led India aim to create history in 5th ODI

Doug Mendoza
February 14, 2018

Virat Kohli and his men rose to the occasion as India registered a historic 73-run win over South Africa in the fifth one-day global here on Tuesday. Heading into the match, the Kohli-led side will look to learn from their mistake in the last tie and wrap up the six-match series. And Yadav and Chahal completely controlled proceedings with their slow bowling to share 30 wickets in five matches.

After a series of low scores, Rohit Sharma came good when it ultimately mattered as he scored 115 in India's respectable total of 274 for seven on a sluggish St George's Park wicket. A relaxed Rohit, a contrast in that regard to how India play their cricket and speak in the media, could sit back and be self-deprecating: "Yaar [friend], before that two guys had got run out in front of me, so what was there to celebrate?"

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.

David Miller (36) played positively and with Amla solid at the other end, the duo consolidated with a 72-run stand and by the halfway mark, South Africa were placed 119 for three.

Kuldeep then removed Andile Phehlukwayo and Rabada and all hope went when the same bowler had Klaasen stumped as India dethroned South Africa as the top team in the 50-over game. Having been involved in the run outs of skipper Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, it was important that he made it count. This is now the second time that a no-ball has cost India the match by giving a life to batsman who has gone on to turn the match around.

Asked to bat, openers Shikhar Dhawan (34) and Rohit got India off to a decent start before the former was removed by Rabada.

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Aiden Markram went for a run-a-ball 32 as he combined for 52 opening runs with Amla, who found little in the way of support as Duminy (1) and AB de Villiers (6) both failed.

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

South Africa won the toss and made a decision to bowl first.

Kohli supported him, hitting his 75 off 83 balls to continue a run of red-hot form this series, which India had completely dominated until Saturday.

For Kohli, this is a significant milestone in his three-and-a-half years at the helm as this is also his first series win against a top nation away from home. On Tuesday he changed all that with 115 runs from 126 balls.

On the tour so far, Rohit had tallied 118 runs in eight innings across two Tests and four ODIs.

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