Team India created history by wining first ever bilateral ODI series win on South African soil.
|MNN| Team India since its first tour to South Africa in 1992,never won a series in ODI format. But Virat Kohli’s captained Team India achieved which neither Mohammed Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid nor Mahendra Singh Dhoni team could ever accomplish, win a full fledged series at SA soil.
Team India won over Proteas by 73 runs in the fifth One-day International (ODI) at St George’s Park . Indian wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal breathed fire as the South Africans were bundled for 201 in 42.2 overs after India had posted 274 for seven. Kuldeep got four South African wickets while Chahal picked two as the hosts batsmen struggled on the spin pitch of Port Elizabeth.
Hardik Pandya’s claimed a crucial 2 for 30 and then a run-out with a direct throw to send in-form Hashim Amla (71) packing which changed the outcome of the match.
Team India will play their final ODI on Friday at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
Earlier, Team India’s Rohit Sharma scored his maiden century on the South African soil and consequently India posted 274 for seven.
Rohit (115) who scored his 17th ODI century hit 11 boundaries and 4 sixes in 126-balls. It was his second ton against South Africa.
The India opener was under a lot of pressure. As Rohit failed to deliver on South African soil so far. He had a highest score of 20 in the ODI series before this, managing just 40 runs in four matches.
The century also helped Rohit becoming the fourth highest century scorer in ODI’s for India. Following Sachin Tendulkar (49), Virat Kohli (34) and Sourav Ganguly (22).
Lungisani Ngidi from South Africa, got figures of 4/51 while Kagiso Rabada picked up a wicket.
India are now only behind West Indies’ 14 successive bilateral ODI series wins. Kohli’s team has nine series wins on the trot. India have also taken number-one ranking once again(122 points).