After winning the Pink ODI at Jo’Burg, there’s a certain spring in the step of the South Africans who believe they can resurrect the ODI series.
The hosts having lost the first three ODIs comprehensively, kept the series alive by smashing their nemesis this series all around the park at Wanderers.
The toss went Markram’s way, and he put the visitors into bat. They faced a man in red-hot form, Dhawan, and the other terribly out of it, Rohit Sharma. The Mumbaikar faced a heated up Kagiso Rabada up front, as was in full mood to dismiss him for the seventh time on tour.
However, Rohit looked up to the task and fought fire with fire. His six over long on which almost cleared the ground was more of a statement to Rabada. The Indian vice-captain never looked back and went on to score his maiden half-century in the South African tour.
Meanwhile, a fired up Rabada picked up the priced wicket of Dhawan and gave him a rather aggressive send-off, pointing towards the dressing room and waving him goodbye, much to the amusement of the viewers.
Left-arm chinaman bowler, Tabraiz Shamsi added some more spice in the already heated contest at Port Elizabeth. The spinner constantly chatted up with Virat Kohli, his Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper, to unruffle his feathers.
Just when there was a constant chatter between the two RCB mates, Rohit Sharma stole the limelight with a trademark six over long on which infuriated Shamsi.
The next ball, Rohit Sharma quietly fended towards the mid-wicket region. But Shamsi, in his extended follow-through, had something to say to Rohit. The Hitman, nonchalantly, gestured towards Shamsi to get back to his mark and bowl the next delivery, to leave viewers in splits.
Here’s the video