India create history with series win over South Africa

Feb 14, 2018, 18:18
India create history with series win over South Africa

Then, in South Africa, he went 0 off 6 in Durban but India were off the mark with a wide.

India's success also relies heavily on skipper Harmanpreet and Mithali Raj's contributions.

The teams (from): India: Virat Kohli (Capt.), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, M.S. Dhoni (wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur and Axar Patel.

Earlier, Rohit notched up his 17th ODI century.

Equally well complimented bowling department, led by the wrist spinning pair of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have been hard to be picked up by South Africa throughout the series, will continue to be the lethal weapons for India. The T20I series will test her reputation as India's most explosive batsman, and ask her if she can establish herself as the fulcrum around which the team builds its plans for the World T20 in November.

For nearly a month-and-half, Rohit Sharma kept Twitter busy with his form that eluded him since his departure from India.

Klaasen, the other hero from the previous ODI, fought gamely with a 42-ball 39 but he was left with too much to do while running out of partners.

Tuesday's result has given additional context to the upcoming five-match ODI series between New Zealand and England.

On the tour so far, Rohit had tallied 118 runs in eight innings across two Tests and four ODIs.On Tuesday, he nearly doubled that at St. George's Park.

It is unlikely the team would look beyond an opening combination featuring Raj and Smriti Mandhana, given Raj's prolific returns of 49*, 36, 62 and 73* in her last four T20I outings and Mandhana's established role at the top of the order.

India rode on Rohit's 126-ball 115, laced with 11 boundaries and four sixes to post 274/7 even after the lower order failed to capitalise on the brilliant start.

Again, it was a run out that broke the partnership of 23 runs with Rahane the victim for just 8 off 18 balls and India on 176/3 in the 32nd over. Tabraiz Shamsi has been brought in to replace Chris Morris, who has been suffering from a stiff back. It was also his second ton against South Africa, the first one came in 2015 at Kanpur when he scored 150. It turned out to be the turning point of the match as South Africa lost their way after Amla's departure. With AB de Villiers back in the squad, the hosts will aim to keep the momentum going and tie the series. At 65 for 3 in the 13th over with their main batsman gone, South Africa's task looked steep.

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