India won ODI series in South Africa; Twitterati celebrate the winning

India jump to top position

If India register a victory in one more match, it will be their first win in an ODI series on Proteas' land.

Failing to maintain its triumphant run after a defeat in the fourth ODI, India will aim to clinch its maiden bilateral 50-over series against the Proteas on South African soil in the fifth encounter here on Tuesday.

Rohit, who scored 115 to end his run of low scores in South Africa, helped India score 274/7. His calling had become suspect after the double blow, with Shreyas Iyer waiting until his partner completely committed to the run.

After a slow start, in which only five runs were scored off the first three overs, Shikhar Dhawan and Sharma began to hit their straps. Hardik Pandya had possibly his best bowling day in coloured clothing, returning 2 for 30 in nine overs which included the wicket of AB de Villiers, and running out Hashim Amla (71 off 92) with a direct hit.

After failing to pick up wickets during 4th ODI, Indian spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will look to bounce back.

The India national cricket team is leading the series by 3-1.

Virat Kohli survived a close stumping call, but was soon run out.

South Africa have lost only 10 matches of the 32 matches played at this ground, while India has lost all their five ODIs at this venue- four against South Africa and one against Kenya.

While all of them are quick bowlers, with the exception of Phehlukwayo, and can lift the ball, they do not bring about variety that is needed on these kind of surfaces, which are good for batting.

It was required because the visitors also suffered a mini-collapse, losing four wickets for 29 runs.

The last match of the series is at Centurion in Pretoria on Friday and will be followed by three Twenty20 clashes.

It will be intriguing to see how Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal tackle the Proteas batting-line up, who countered the Indian spin duo easily in the last match. Rohit, out six times in eight innings to Kagiso Rabada before this innings, got going by stepping out and sending the ball sailing over long-on, a stunning shot against the pace Rabada was generating.

India were unchanged, while South Africa picked left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi in place of all-rounder Chris Morris, who has a back strain.

But after Amla's departure, Heinrich Klaasen fought gamely by making at 42-ball 39 before his exit in the 42nd over spelt the South Africa's doom.

WICKET! South Africa have got the big wicket of Virat Kohli, who is run-out for 36. However, he knew anything near 280 on the slow surface would be hard for South Africa.



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