India beat South Africa by 73 runs, clinch series 4-1

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Port Elizabeth: The Men-in-blue led by skipper Virat Kohli clinched the One Day series by 4-1 as they defeated the hosts by 73 runs in the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth.

On winning the toss, the proteas’ put the guests to bat, with team India eventually setting a target of 274 for 7 that saw a good 105-run partnership between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, with later scoring his 17th ODI century.

Chasing down the target, the hosts were bundled out for 201 with the 43rd over in progress. The South African side had Hashim Amla as its top scorer before he was dismissed at 71 that eventually set the gradual downfall of the proteas.

Kudeep Yadav picked up 4 for 57, with Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal picking up 2 each in leading their side to victory. Rohit Sharam was declared man of the match for his brilliant knock of 115(126) against host team.

Crediting the team for its all-round success in the series, Indian skipper Virat Kohli, in the post-match presentation said, “We had confidence in ourselves as a group. Feels wonderful to create history and the guys worked hard for it. Feels wonderful to be 4-1 up. We want to win 5-1 for sure, that doesn’t change at all.”

This is India’s ninth consecutive bi-lateral ODI series win. It has not lost a bilateral ODI series since February 2016. The final ODI of the 6-match series will be played at Centurion on Friday.

Report: Mohammed Tahsin

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