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Cricket | India tour of South Africa 2017/18

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India claim historic series victory

India secured their first series victory on South African soil after they beat the Proteas by 73 runs in the fifth one-day international at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

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Chasing 275 was always going to need a solid contribution from the South African top order if they were going have any hope of staying alive in the series but only two of them came to the party on Tuesday.

India now lead the series 4-1 with only one match to play and will head to Centurion on Friday looking to drive the nail even further into the Proteas’ coffin.

Opener and skipper Aiden Markram made a bright 32 and Hashim Amla was superb for his 71 but when the latter was run out by a direct hit from Hardik Pandya the writing started to appear on the wall.

David Miller also struck the ball well in his knock of 36, but had a slip of concentration and played a poor stroke to be bowled by wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.


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Heinrich Klaasen showed character in making 39 in a dying cause, but simply ran out of partners as wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav cleaned up the tail to collect 4-57.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma came good scoring a superb century and Lungi Ngidi produced career-best figures as India posted 274 for seven.

India got off to a good start and by the halfway stage at 150 for one had looked good to post well in excess of 300.

But the South African attack fought back well in the latter stages to limit the damage with Lungi Ngidi picking up 4-51, beating his previous best of 2-52.

Rohit, who came into the match having scored only 40 runs in four innings in the series, was handed a chance with his score on 96 when Tabraiz Shamsi canned a catch at fine leg off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada.

But the right-handed, 30-year-old went on to make 115 and record his 17th ODI hundred when he clipped unorthodox spinner Shamsi off his pads in the following over.

He scored heavily through the backward point area and eventually finished with 11 fours and four sixes off 126 deliveries. He was out in the 43rd over as Ngidi found the edge of his bat through to wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen.

But as good as Rohit was with the bat, he featured in two run-outs involving his captain Virat Kohli and Ajinke Rahane (8).

So often the go-to man in this series for India, Kohli had once again looked good for his 36 although he did survive a tight TV replay decision for a stumping with his score on 28.

Earlier, South Africa made an initial breakthrough with the total on 48 when Rabada had Shikhar Dhawan neatly caught at backward square-leg by Andile Phehlukwayo for an aggressive 34 off only 23 balls.

SOUTH AFRICA: Aiden Markram (capt), Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Morne Morkel, Tabraiz Shamsi

INDIA: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah


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