South African head coach Ottis Gibson lamented the failure of batsmen while attributing them to the series loss against India. Meanwhile, India won their first series in the Rainbow Nation beating South Africa by 73 runs in the fifth ODI.
Batting first India post 274 runs for the loss of seven wickets after riding on Rohit Sharma’s century. However, India rattled South Africa on 201 in 42.2 overs courtesy the wrist-spinning duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Hardik Pandya provided good support to the spinners while affecting a runout dismissal of Hashim Amla.
Ottis Gibson seemed optimistic:
Gibson admitted to being positive despite missing some star cricketers. Further, he added he hoped to level the series.
“I thought at the halfway stage we gave ourselves a very good chance to keep ourselves in the series. We came this afternoon very optimistic that the series was still there to be drawn. We showed at the Wanderers that we can play better than we have done, but tonight was disappointing,” Gibson said.