India beat South Africa by 73 runs in the fifth ODI at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. With this victory, Virat Kohli’s boys have etched their name in the history books as this is visitors’ first ODI series win in South Africa. Earlier, riding high on Rohit Sharma’s 17th century, India set a target of 275 runs for Proteas. However, Saffers were all out for 201 runs losing the match by 73 runs. For Proteas’ Amla scored the highest runs and was standing firm at one end while wickets continued to fall at the other end. He was out for run out for 71 runs ending all hopes of Proteas’victory.
Virat Kohli’s boys had come into the match with a lead of 3-1 and were determined to seal the series by winning the game today. South Africa, on the other hand, were hoping to restrain them having registered a win in the fourth ODI. India had never won a match at this particular venue and were looking forward to break the jinx. As per the weather reports, the match was likely to have a delayed start. However, it started on time and there was no disruption from the rain.
For India, Rohit Sharma’s form was a big concern as he had failed to score runs in the series so far. However, the explosive opener shut up his critics today with a splendid knock of 115. India lost wickets at quick succession after fall of his wicket, but they had put up a massive score of 274 runs before that which proved to be an uphill task for Proteas as they were all out for 203 runs.
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