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Sharma ton helps India bag ODI series win

Sharma ton helps India bag ODI series win

As Kohli-led team created history of becoming the first Indian side to win a series in South Africa - across formats - something that Mohammed Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid or MS Dhoni - could not accomplish, he beamed at the post-match presentation.

India are now 4-1 up, with the last ODI to be played at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday (February 16), and while saying that there were positives to take from the losses, Amla also sounded a reassuring note to the younger players in the South African team that it wouldn't always be as tough as it has been against India. The confidence of the South African team has taken a beating because of the poor performance with the bat, especially against the spin duo of Chahal and Yadav.

The Port Elizabeth ODI was crucial for South Africa.

For Kohli, this is a significant milestone in his three and half years at the helm as this is also his first series win against a top nation on their soil. India's record on this ground is excellent; the is the second game of this series which will be played on this field.

In response, Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla got off to a good start scoring 52 for the first wicket before Markram departed for 32 off the bowling of Bumrah. In this series, we can highlight that we haven't scored runs in the middle period.

Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock too got injured in the middle of the series.

"They've been bowling decently and the younger guys and everyone has learnt more about themselves playing spinners". The all-rounder has recovered from his back issue and should return to the playing XI for Friday's encounter. But when you are losing in this manner, whatever adjustment needs to be made, you focus on that.




"Absolutely, I think this is the biggest overseas victory (in ODIs). We'll try to work on putting that flawless game together next".

Ngidi ran in hard and tried to hit the top of off-stump and he was rewarded for his efforts with three middle-order wickets as he beat his previous ODI best of two for 52‚ attained on Johannesburg on Saturday.

Rabada though bounce back strong when he had Dhawan caught at deep square leg, bringing an end to a 48-run opening stand as India reached 61 for one in the first powerplay. We've had Ngidi make his debut, so he is going to take a lot of experience and learning from the series.

"Although we haven't managed inroads upfront, we have still managed to restrict India".

He said he had ensured that he stayed in a good frame of mind despite not making big scores.

When things go wrong for the Proteas, they tend to pick one man to tell the rest of the world what exactly is going wrong.


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