Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur (Credits: Twitter)

Team India scripts history, the other day, when the Men in Blue won their first-ever bilateral series in South Africa across formats. Men in Blue defeated the hosts by 73 runs in the fifth ODI in Port Elizabeth.

Virat Kohli and his men took an unassailable 4-1 lead in the 6 match series. The visitors have been simply phenomenal in the series so far and has never really allowed the hosts to make a comeback in the series.

The hard-earned victory in the final Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg did wonders to their confidence as they looked in complete command all through the ODI series.

The difference between the two teams has been the top batters and the two wrist spinners from India who have been quite exceptional in the series.

The top three comprising of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli has smashed four centuries between them while the wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal has picked 32 wickets between them in the series so far.

Despite winning the series, India did not go for a wholesome of changes. The only tactical change they did was resting Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been bowling consistently on this tour so far.

Shardul Thakur gets his opportunity

Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Centurion, Farhan Behardien
Shardul Thakur bags four wickets in Centurion. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Virat Kohli said in the toss ahead of the final ODI that they wanted to give Shardul a chance to give him the opportunity to test himself in slightly helpful conditions than back home.

Shardul did no harm to his reputation by dismissing both the openers in the form of Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla. While Amla’s was a strangle down the leg side, Markram played a bad shot to give away his wicket as Shardul used the cutter t good effect.

Bumrah completes a terrific catch:

Shardul went on to bag his third wicket of the match when Farhan Behardien hit a short of length delivery straight to the third man fielder Jasprit Bumrah. He was a wrong-footed a bit but completed a brilliant catch.

In the end, it was only one hand which helped him to hold on to the catch.

Watch the video here:

South Africa’s slide continues

Yuzvendra Chahal, South Africa Vs India 2018, Centurion,
Yuzvendra Chahal remarkable in the limited-overs fold. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Following Behardien’s wicket, the hosts have also lost the wicket of Chris Morris to Kuldeep Yadav.

The all-rounder went for a big shot but couldn’t read the turn on the delivery and ended up giving a straightforward catch to the deep fielder.

Khaya Zondo who batted so well also fell in quick succession to Yuzvendra Chahal. He went for an expansive extra cover drive and ended up giving an easy catch to Hardik Panday in the deep cover region.

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