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India beat South Africa by 73 runs to clinch maiden series win

India beat South Africa by 73 runs to clinch maiden series win

Earlier, team India secured the ODI series against South Africa but through the last match, India won the series though there is still one match left.

From the start of the series, South Africa have stressed on how this is the first leg in their eventual preparations for the 2019 World Cup, and towards that end, Amla said that the younger players in the team in particular would benefit from the lessons learned.

Back to Centurion, the most home-like conditions for India so far. This could be his last ODI for a while as Quinton de Kock should regain fitness, so Klassen will love to now add to the promise with a big innings. The legendary all-rounder was of the view that Kohli should decide whether the aggression that works for him also serves his team well. "My hundred has gone now and in the next game I play, the hundred I scored isn't going to matter much", concluded India's vice-captain.

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli was unlucky today as he got run out. He will become the fourth Indian, after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, to achieve this feat.

While this wasn't the best South African team on the field but coming back after losing the Test series takes some heart which the "Men in Blue" showed.

Kohli copped some criticism after India were comprehensively beaten in the first two Tests of the series at Cape Town and Centurion, which was a big comedown from the fantastic dominance at home. And it ended South Africa's hopes for a comeback in the match. In both, India went on to lose the series - 3-2 and 5-2. They then went on to completely outclass the hosts in the ODI series, winning it 4-1 with a game to go. Now, there is one match in hand which will bring no change to the series result.




At St George's Park, Ngidi was single-handedly responsible for halting India's charge to 300 and more. It is the second-best batting average by a batsman in a 5+ match bilateral ODI series against South Africa in South Africa.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's inability to push the run-rate during death overs was once again exposed as he managed only 13 off 17 balls and the dot balls that he played only increased pressure on lower order. They still have issues to address, most notably with the middle-order.

Later, one-down batsman Virat Kohli (36) played a slow 54-ball innings.

Rohit Sharma slammed 115 runs from 126 balls in the fifth ODI. Due to his brilliant century, India did able to make a good score.

Later, Proteas failed to chase the score and lost their all wickets all in a sudden.