India finished the six-match bilateral ODI series against the hosts South Africa by thrashing them in the final ODI at SuperSport Park, Centurion on Friday. With this victory, India clinched the ODI series by the impressive 1-5 margin. It is one of the memorable bilateral series victories in the Indian cricket history.
India decided to field first after winning the toss. New Indian pacer Shardul Thakur provided a great start for his team and the hosts failed to come out from that.
Like the previous ODIs in this series, Indian spinners again created a lot of problems for the hosts’ batsmen.
With the help of bowlers combined efforts, South Africa was bundled out for just 204 runs in 46.5 overs. Thakur was the best bowler for his team as his bowling figure was 8.5-0-52-4.
In reply, Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored another ODI century which ruled out any further fight-back chance from the hosts’ side. Kohli scored his 35th ODI century as he remained unbeaten on 129 runs off just 96 balls. India won this match by 8 wickets as they reached the target (206/2) in 32.1 overs after losing only two wickets.
Also read: Virat Kohli reaches to number 35 in ODIs
With this victory, India won the six-match ODI series by the 1-5 margin. Playing more than one match in a bilateral series on the South African soil, it is the first when India won any series.
During this ODI series, Indian cricket team broke many records while Virat Kohli himself created many records as a captain and as a batsman.
India’s dominating performance is now one of the most talking points in the cricket world. Everybody is praising Indian players’ efforts in these series while Kohli is now looking desperate to conquer the world.
Here are some reactions to the Twitter during the final ODI of the series
On Shardul Thakur’s superb bowling effort
— Whistle Podu Army – CSK Fan Club (@CSKFansOfficial) February 16, 2018
What a start for Shardul Thakur. Been impressive so far. And another tough day for Amla.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 16, 2018
— Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) February 16, 2018
On Virat Kohli’s 35th ODI century
What a day for Kohli
200th ODI innings..
100th ODI catch..
9500 ODI Runs..
17000 International runs..
500 Runs in in this series..
800 Runs on this tour..
3rd Century in this series..
35th ODI Century..
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) February 16, 2018
All Hail the King, King @imVkohli !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
56th International century
35th ODI 100
21st while chasing
13th as Captain in ODI (27 in International)
3rd in this series
— Troll Tollywood (@Troll_Tollywood) February 16, 2018
— Ajay (@nemimem) February 16, 2018
Virat Kohli hits century faster than the lighting speed. 35th ODI ton….this man is on hunt. 😍😍
— Aashish Kushwaha (@ParwanaDeewana) February 16, 2018
Biggggggg bigggg bigggg congratulations @imVkohli
35th ODI centuries international CRICKET
— 💖ViRaTiAn18 💖 (@MVirushkA18) February 16, 2018
👉1st Indian Captain To Hit 3rd ODI Centuries In A Series
👉35th ODI Century, Highest By Any Human On Planet
👉First Batsman To Hit 500+ Runs In A Bilateral ODI Series.
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 16, 2018
Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif’s thought on Kohli’s another century
100 toh mazaak bana rakha hai bande ne. Adbhut , Kohli is just unbelievable. Century No 35 for probably the greatest ODI batsman #SAvIND
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 16, 2018
Congratulation messages for team India to claim the series in a destructive way
— Moumita Neogi (@moumitataurus2) February 16, 2018
— Familywale (@TheFamilywale) February 16, 2018
Kohli d Super Star ⭐️ hits 35th century
an 13th as Captain 👩✈️…
INDIA 🇮🇳 wins 5-1 Vs South Africa…
Congratulations to Unstoppable VK.👍 pic.twitter.com/73sPNrxvHQ
— Vinod Gupta (@VinodGu33965459) February 16, 2018