Team India has ended the ODI series against South Africa on a high and won the last game by 8 wickets. Indian skipper Virat Kohli anchored yet another run chase with the bat to reach 35th One-Day International hundred. India climbed the target down in 32.1 overs and made the series scoreline 5-1.
After concluding South African innings for 204, India was not off to a great start as centurion from last game Rohit Sharma got out to 15. Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli, then, added 61 runs for the second wicket but former got out to Lungi Ngidi as his second wicket.
Ajinkya Rahane spent some good time in the middle with his captain and shared a 126-run stand for the third wicket, where India’s number four managed just 34 runs. All eyes were glued on him since Kohli made it clear that he will be batting at number four in this series but Rahane couldn’t capitalize on this opportunity.
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Meanwhile, Kohli was excellent with the bat and tore South African bowling line-up apart to get yet another ODI ton. He remained unbeaten at 129 and played 96 runs, which includes 19 fours and two towering sixes. This was his third hundred in this six-match series and scored a staggering 558 runs in this series.
This inhuman effort put him on the top of several batting charts, which includes most number of runs in a bilateral series in South Africa, most runs by a batsman in any bilateral series (5 or more matches) and most number of hundreds by an Indian batsman in a series.
With this effort, Team India won the six-match series by 5-1 and thrashed several records in the rainbow nation. South Africa’s lone victory came at the traditional Pink One-Day at New Wanderers in Johannesburg.
The T20 International series will be India’s new target, which will commence from Sunday. The first of the three-match series will be played in Johannesburg on Sunday, followed by Centurion on Wednesday and Cape Town on Saturday.