Rohit Sharma, wrist spinners assist India script historical past in South Africa

 

Written by Tanuj Lakhina
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Printed: February 14, 2018 12:35 am


Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav rejoice India’s win. (Supply: BCCI)

Essentially the most ODIs India had gained in a bilateral collection in opposition to South Africa was two. In each, India went on to lose the collection – Three-2 and 5-2. Coming into the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth, India had already managed to take that quantity to a few however a win is what they have been after to keep away from any drama later. The dramatics didn’t subside however India did be certain that they took that variety of wins within the collection to 4 and clinch their first ever bilateral collection win in South Africa. A 73 run win, at a venue the place India had by no means gained, and convincing lead within the prime ODI rank solely made issues a lot, a lot sweeter. Within the contest itself, some issues modified whereas some remained the identical.

Previous to this, Rohit Sharma had been underneath a barren run with simply 126 runs in South Africa. On Tuesday he modified all that with 115 runs from 126 balls. However elsewhere, most issues remained the identical. Hardik Pandya faltered with the bat however got here roaring again with essential wickets and his bullet throws that proved to be the distinction maker. However above all, wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav as soon as once more tipped the sport in India’s favour with six wickets between them.

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