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Rohit turns around misfortune with runs

Sunil Gavaskar Sunil Gavaskar
Elias Hubbard | 14 February, 2018, 19:19

In fact, in five previous ODI outings in Port Elizabeth, India have never scored 200 runs here as 176 against South Africa in October 2001 is their highest total yet. 30 wickets in 5 games from the duo has been an integral factor in India winning their first-ever bilateral ODI series in the Rainbow Nation. Kohli, with 393 runs in the ODI series so far, has led from the front to heap trouble on a depleted South African side.

Shreyas Iyer has been showing the elements of an global batsman, but he has failed to strike big as he edged Ngidi to Klaasen behind the wicket just when it seemed that he was building the platform for a late innings flourish.

Kohli (393 runs) and Shikhar Dhawan (271 runs) have scored almost thrice the number of runs put together by the remaining batsmen (239) while other Indian batsman are struggling which is a cause of worry for the team management. Despite Rohit's 115 off 126 balls, India failed to consolidate during the final 10 overs as they scored only 55 runs after being comfortably placed at 219 for four.

South Africa could only manage 201 all out in 42.2 overs in its chase, with Yadav taking 4-57 and Chahal 2-43. With this win, India has also snatched number one chair from South Africa.

Irrespective of the outcome of Friday's match between South Africa and India, if England win all the five matches against New Zealand, Eoin Morgan's side will claim the second position, with South Africa slipping to third.

With 236 on the board by the 43rd over, India were looking at a total close to 300 but Lungi Ngidi triggered a collapse, having Rohit and Hardik Pandya caught behind off successive deliveries, before getting a well set Iyer in his next over.

Asked if India would make any changes in the dead rubber at Centurion, Kohli remained uncertain at the time.

Put in to bat, openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan gave India a flying start at the St. Georges Park in Port Elizabeth.

"This obviously hurts the guys a hell of a lot so we're going to look to bounce back and at least end the one-day series on a positive note", South Africa captain Aiden Markram said. On the private score of the most important batsman of the host team Abraham De Villiers 6, Pandya's ball was caught behind Dhoni's hand in the back of the wicket. Hitting the ball to Morne Morkel, Rahane started off for a run even as Rohit was busy ball watching. "I am sure he will chill out a little more as he gets a little bit older". Rohit Sharma was the architect of India's 274 run score while batting first before the wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav once again blitzed past the lower middle order to seal the win.

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