Team India scripted history in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday (February 13) when the side defeated South Africa by 73 runs. The visitors registered their maiden bilateral series victory across formats in the Rainbow Nation.
It was the first time they won a series on South African soil in 25 years. India toured South Africa for the first time in 1992. After a little hiccup in the fourth One-day International, the Men in Blue bounced back strongly. Men in Blue took an unassailable 4-1 lead in the ongoing six-match series.
Rohit Sharma who was short of runs all through the tour finally made an impact by smashing his 17th ODI century.
While riding on a brilliant knock from Rohit’s blade, India posted a total of 274 in 50 overs. However, the side was at least 30-40 runs short from where they actually wanted to be after 105-run stand for the second-wicket.
Moreover, there were a couple of suicidal run-outs in the innings. South African bowlers held their nerve and bowled brilliantly in the death overs.
The Indian bowlers were yet again on the mark. After a 52-run partnership between Aiden Markram and his opening partner Hashim Amla, it was Jasprit Bumrah who gave India the first breakthrough.
Hardik Pandya, who had an indifferent series so far bagged a couple of crucial wickets to peg the Proteas back. Despite useful contributions by David Miller and wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klassen, South Africa was eventually bowled out for 201, thus giving India 73 runs victory.
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Following their record-breaking victory, Rohit and Virat Kohli interacted for a brief period which was uploaded on BCCI.tv.
Rohit began with saying that it is an amazing feeling to win the first-ever bilateral series in South Africa. When he asked Kohli what about the same, the Indian skipper credited Rohit for his brilliant showing in fifth ODI.
On the other hand, he heaped praise on wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Both have been simply superb in the series so far and shared 30 wickets between them.
Kohli also stated the fact that it has been an all-round effort and mostly all the members of the team rose to the occasion. Players as a unit played a vital role in India’s maiden series victory in the Rainbow Nation.
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