Virat Kohli terms ODI series victory as 'collective effort'

Virat Kohli terms ODI series victory as 'collective effort'

At St. George's Park, it was Rohit's turn.

The first ODI to be played at this ground was between India and South Africa in December 1992, where the hosts emerged victorious by 6 wickets.

Rohit Sharma roared back to form with an impressive century as India defeated South Africa by 73 runs in the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth to secure the series 4-1, their first ever series triumph on the South African soil. They even lost to Kenya on this ground in October 2001. No longer will that albatross hang around India's neck.

India, on the other hand, have plenty to celebrate including the form of Rohit Sharma.

Once again, South Africa struggled to get through India's top order after getting an early wicket.

However, the South African collapse was staged by wristspinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.


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, who was involved in two run outs, that of skipper Virat Kohli and middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane, said two batsmen before him were run out so the pressure had mounted on him to deliver and he just wanted to focus on how to carry the same momentum till the end. Ngidi went on to pick up MS Dhoni later in the innings as well, to negate India's bid to accelerate, keeping them down to a chaseable 274. He hit 11 boundaries and four sixes in his 126-ball innings. The bowler would hit 150 kph during the match, and had his revenge in his next over.

India didn't get the pace required to set up a large total as wickets fell after another and the now World No 1 side scoring just 55 runs in the last 10 overs. "So all credit to them (the Indian spinners), and we'll look to improve our skills against quality wrist spin", he added. Numerous replays could not determine conclusively whether Kohli had half a millimetre behind the line or not, and eventually the batsman was given not out.

"Two batsmen (Kohli and Rahane) were run out before this (ton) in front of me". Ngidi wrecked plans of a late assault, but India had enough on the board to feel confident. Hardik Pandya, who had already claimed the big wickets of JP Duminy and AB de Villiers, was not going to give Amla a second reprieve and threw down the stumps at the bowler's end, which ultimately doused the Proteas' fire.

South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Odine Kirsten, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Moseline Daniels. Miller, while trying to increase the tempo, was clean bowled by Chahal in the 27th over. It was an innings worth its weight in gold as it gave Rohit the time to settle, who then proceeded to do the same favour for Kohli.

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