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India register first-ever ODI Series win in South Africa

Sunil Gavaskar

Opener Rohit Sharma scored his maiden century on the South African soil.

India lost the three-match Test series 1-2, after being walloped in the first two games, but secured a first ODI series win in the rainbow nation on Tuesday night.

If Kohli and his boys do manage to win the fifth ODI, it will not only be their first win at the ground, but will also be India's first bilateral series win against the Proteas.

One major thing for which this series will be remembered is the influence of India's two wristspinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. And therefore, despite beating South Africa 2-1 in the ODIs, they will start the five-match T20I series with a few questions to answer.

Cape Town - A century from Rohit Sharma saw India to a respectable 274/7 after their allotted 50 overs in the 5th ODI at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth.

Rabada though bounce back strong when he had Dhawan caught at deep square leg, bringing an end to a 48-run opening stand as India reached 61 for one in the first powerplay.

Lungi Ngidi was the key bowler for South Africa as he finished his spell with four wickets.

After surrendering first three ODI to Virat Kohli and boys, the proteas bounced back with a victory in their last game at Johannesburg handing stand-in-skipper Aiden Markram his first win as captain in worldwide matches. For a second consecutive game, India didn't get the desired finish with just 55 runs from the last 10 overs. Kohli hadn't left his crease but had lunged forward to smother spin and that had dragged him to the edge of the crease.

WICKET! Hashim Amla has been run-out by Hardik Pandya, and has to walk back to the pavilion after scoring 71. His wicket dropped to a total of 65.

At one stage, Amla had stitched crucial partnerships with Aiden Markram and then David Miller before taking the responsibility on to himself to keep South Africa going.

Miller went on to score 39 off 28 balls to guide the hosts to their first win in four matches in the series.

That's more like the standard of performance expected of an India team that arrived in South Africa at the end of December with a big reputation under Kohli, arguably the best batsman in the world across all forms of the game. Markram was in good nick and scored 32 off 32 balls which included a six and four boundaries.

WICKET! Andile Phehlukwayo has departed for a duck as South Africa's woes continue. The tourists could stamp their dominance even further with a potential 5-1 win over the team that was ranked No. 1 at the start of the series.