Rohit, Pandya lead India to series-clinching win

Brief scores: India 274/7 (Rohit Sharma 115, Virat Kohli 36, Shikhar Dhawan 34; Lungi Ngidi 4 for 51) beat South Africa 201/10 (Hashim Amla 72, Heinrich Klaasen 39, David Miller 36; Kuldeep Yadav 4 for 57, Hardik Pandya 2 for 30, Yuzvendra Chahal 2 for 43) by 73 runs

5th ODI, statistical highlights:

  • India, courtesy their 73-run victory in the fifth ODI, secured their maiden bilateral ODI series victory on the South African soil. This was also their first-ever win at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, where they hadn’t won in previous five matches.
  • Rohit Sharma made his 17th ODI century and 15th as an opener after he had been given a reprieve by Tabraiz Shamsi when on 96. He was caught behind for 115 runs off 126 balls (11×4, 4×6). Rohit was awarded the man of the match for his batting performance, which was judged to have made the difference.
  • Lungi Ngidi, playing just his third One-Day International, registered his best ODI bowling figures, taking 4 for 51 in nine overs; the last four overs of his spell costing only 18 runs for the bargain of all the four wickets.
  • Hashim Amla made his 35th ODI half-century and, in the process, also reached 7500 ODI runs. He was run out by Hardik Pandya for 71 off 92 balls (5×4). He fell with South Africa needing 109 runs to win the fifth ODI and keep the series alive.
  • David Miller went past 2500 ODI runs.
  • This was Virat Kohli’s 37th ODI win as India captain, in his 48th match.

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