congratulation! India has won the series 4-1
Port Elizabeth: India’s history on South African soil has created history with the centenary innings of Rohit Sharma, the magnificent bowling of Kuldeep and the hearty heart of Hardik. In the last match of the 6-match ODI series, India defeated South Africa by 73 runs and won their first series win on the host country.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who had flopped in batting, gave a spectacular win to Team India by best bowling and fielding in Port Elizabeth. After Pandey’s early shots and turning point run out, Kuldeep Yadav (4 for 57) took four wickets and then put South Africa’s trophy for 201 runs.
India lost the fourth match after winning the first three ODIs but now the series has become the name of India before the sixth and final match.
After losing the toss, team India batted first, after an excellent start, could finally score 274 runs for seven wickets. For India, Rohit Sharma scored a magnificent 115 in the form of returning to form. After looking at India’s score, it seemed that he was almost 50 runs short.
South Africa, after reaching the target of 275, also started strongly but after the three wickets fall within 13 runs the hosts were in trouble. Amla and skipper Edin Markram (32) added 52 runs for the first wicket. Meanwhile Markram got a life of hope when Shreyas Iyer left his catch on Jaspreet Bumrah’s delivery. Although he could not take advantage of it, Bumrah hit him by Virat Kohli.
In the next over, Hardik Pandya sent Jean Paul Duminy (1) to the pavilion on the total of 55. 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. His wicket dropped to a total of 65.
Amla and the last match hero David Miller (36) tried to handle the team and added 62 runs for the fourth wicket but Yuswendra Chahal’s spin wrecked Miller’s wicket to give India the necessary breakthrough. Pandya ended up with a straight throw of the struggled innings of Amla. Amla scored five fours in 92 balls. Amla’s wicket dropped to a total of 166. Kulidip bowled a sixth blow to the hosts team by bowling Andreel Fahulkievo in his place.
Heinrich, who won the match in South Africa with Miller in the previous match, was also running from one end. In the meantime, Kuldeep dismissed Kigiso Rabada (3) and gave the hosts a seventh blow. Kuldeep stumped Klassen to Dhoni’s hand, ending an innings of 39 runs in 42 balls with two sixes and two fours.
From here the hosts were set to lose. Tabrez Shamsi, Kuldeep did not open the account and gave South Africa the ninth blow. Yuswendra Chahal stole the Morne Morkel (1) to stamp his team’s historic win. In the end, the opposition team was reduced to 201 runs in 42.2 overs. With this win, India has also snatched number one chair from South Africa.