Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

South Africa wins toss, opts to bowl against India

South Africa wins toss, opts to bowl against India

The cricket fans in India will be able to watch the live action of India vs South Africa fifth ODI match on Sony Ten Network. 36 quality runs before he had to walk back to the pavilion. Your time will come'.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah did not have much to write home about after the 5th ODI, but an all-round display from the rest of the bowlers ensured that their rare off day with the white ball did not hurt skipper Kohli much. Coming into the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth, India had already managed to take that number to three but a win is what they were after to avoid any drama later. Kohli has hit two centuries and 46 not out to go with his 75 in Johannesburg. At St. George's Park, it was Rohit's turn. The Indian captain's life at the field with the bat was short-lived as he departed for 36. With the ball nipping around under overcast skies, there was a rationale behind a circumspect beginning. He got two wickets and then affected a run-out with a direct throw, removing an in-form Hashim Amla (71). There was a slow start as he sussed out the conditions. Notably, the Women in Blue defeated their South African counterparts by 16 runs in their only previous T20I meeting in November 2014 at Bengaluru. What made it slightly disappointing was that he looked set and was scoring quickly when Kagiso Rabada had him fall to the short-ball trap. So while Rohit was still finding his feat, India had 48 on the board from 7.1 overs with Dhawan blitzing eight fours in a 23-ball innings worth 34.

In 2013-14, India were outclassed by South Africa 0-2 while in 2010-11 the visitors gave a tough fight but failed to get hold of the series, losing it by a slender 2-3 margin. But a close call was decided in the batsman's favour by Aleem Dar, but Kohli's luck ran out soon.

In the first four innings, Rohit didn't catch a break, which you need, especially when opening the innings.

"It augurs well for the team".

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"Over the course of nearly every game they have picked up five wickets". "But it seems they are making strides and getting better at it". After a less than successful effort against Amla, the spinners got the job done to wipe out the lower middle order and the contest. They waited for more than 25 years to achieve the glory. India are right back in the game. You struggle to build momentum when you lose wickets.

Shreyas Iyer joined Sharma who, after he was dropped on the boundary by Tabraiz Shamsi on 96, went to his 17th ODI century off 107 balls. Ideally that would have been cue for him to make it big. As it often happens to touring sides in Port Elizabeth, India were in the throes of adversity early on in the chase.

"To be bowled out in 42 overs is very disappointing from a batting point of view".

But those extra runs were merely insurance, which the bowling attack didn't need on the day. The win was a function of their top-order brilliance as much as it was of their spin strength. Once you take those numbers out, there is little else to show.

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