Fifth ODI: SA win toss, elect to bowl against India

Indian batsman and Captain Virat Kohli leaves the field

Indian batsman and Captain Virat Kohli leaves the field

Your time will come'.

Dhoni stopped Virat Kohli from using the review system because of which India managed to save their review.

"I get out in three matches and you start saying I am out of form".

But Rohit, dropped on 96 by Tabraiz Shamsi, made up for those mental errors as he brought up his first hundred in South Africa with a flick past backward square leg.

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After a series of low scores, Rohit Sharma came good when it ultimately mattered as he scored 115 in India's respectable total of 274 for 7 on a sluggish St Georege's Park wicket.

A blur of outrageous shot-making abilities with each batsman capable of switching roles effortlessly makes India's top-three the envy of the ODI world. And with that, they have sealed the No 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings! Batting on 93, Kohli called for a two only to be caught short of the crease by a sharp Ramnaresh Sarwan. On Tuesday, he nearly doubled that at St. George's Park. With the ball nipping around under overcast skies, there was a rationale behind a circumspect beginning.

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. He was joined in the middle by Virat Kohli (36 off 54 balls, 2 fours), who played an uncharacteristic innings belying his rich form. They shared a 62-run fourth-wicket stand and tried to rotate strike against India's wristspinners. The bowler made the batsman clueless with a brilliant delivery. Rohit realised early that it was not a 300 track.

Prior to the fifth ODI, Rohit Sharma had been under a barren run with just 126 runs in South Africa.

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Harmanpreet's T20I captaincy record is, on the surface, hugely impressive: India's win-loss ratio of 2.250 under her easily dwarfs the figures achieved under her predecessors Raj, Jhulan Goswami and Anjum Chopra.

"It augurs well for the team". So it is important to stay in the present and this is what we talk about in our dressing room. That is what we are trying to do. Suddenly, you are looking at 118 runs in eight innings with six out of eight dismissals to Kagisa Rabada. "The guys really got stuck in, with the bat and the ball and in the field as well", he added after the Port Elizabeth triumph.

The incident happened in 7th over of the innings as South Africa began the chase. India are right back in the game. Two wickets again as he had the ideal leg-spinner to castle David Miller. But we lost a couple more shortly thereafter and that set us back. In the end, the opposition team was reduced to 201 runs in 42.2 overs. On the flip side, they have been concealing India's middle-order frailties, which is bound to get exposed every once in a while, like it did at the Wanderers. Ideally that would have been cue for him to make it big. In Port Elizabeth, it came down to millimetres again on a stumping decision. After a wonderful start to the ODI series, Rahane would be cursing himself for the way in which he has been dismissed in the last few games. The win was a function of their top-order brilliance as much as it was of their spin strength. "The former captain and Hardik Pandya could not have hoped for a more solid platform to launch an attack and get India to a massive score", he added further. "If Dhawan doesn't, then Rohit will".

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