The historical win for India came in the 5th ODI when they crushed the host by 73 runs. It turned out to be the maiden series win for IND against SA in SA. It took long 25 years to achieve this major feat. With this win, the visitors take an unassailable lead of 4-1 in the series with just a game to spare.
It all started with the host winning the toss and electing to field. Shikhar Dhawan gave a flying start and scored quick 34 off just 23. After plethora of poor runs this series, Hit-Man finally showed grit and patience.
Rohit and Kohli put up a 100 run stand before they had a mix up which ended the captain’s stay. Soon, Rahane too got run out and India found themselves in a quandary. After the couple of run-outs, Iyer and Rohit tried to recover. Meanwhile, Rohit hit his 17th ODI ton.
When IND were looking strong for 300+, they lost Rohit, Pandya and Iyer in quick succession. MSD too couldn’t live upto the expectation and got out for a mere 13. Bhuvi (19*) led India to a respectable total of 274. Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets.
Amla and Markaram led Proteas to a solid opening stand of 52 following the chase. Bumrah provided India with the first breakthrough in the form of Markaram. Pandya soon got Duminy and a big wicket of AB-deviliers. SA were soon reduced to 65-3.
Miller and Amla recovered the host from the nasty situation. But, Chahal got rid of Miller and Klassen joined Amla at the middle. Proteas hopes weakened when Pandya got Amla with the direct hit.
Klassen ignited a ray of hope in the Africa’s camp but all in vain. The host lost last 4 wickets in just 7 deliveries and were bundled up for 201. Kuldeep Yadav took 4 wickets which included 3 wickets in a single over.
With this, Kohli & Co. created history and clinched the series win in SA. Rohit Sharma was adjudged as MoM for his glorious 115. India would look to seal the last ODI as well which is scheduled on 16 Feb at Centurion. All eyes would also be on MSD who is just 33 runs short of becoming the 4th Indian and 12th overall to cross 10,000 runs landmark in ODI.