South Africa vs India, 5th ODI – India won by 73 runs


IND 274/7 (50.0 Ovs)
RSA 201-all out (42.2 Ovs)
India won by 73 runs
Rohit Sharma

Virat Kohli, winning skipper: Very pleased. Another convincing win for us and I thought the guys really got stuck in, with the bat, with the ball and on the field as well. Only one team has the pressure of losing the series right from the start and that was South Africa. Right from the third Test in Joburg it has been a great time for us. It has been a collective effort from the team-mates, the support staff and everybody. Every now and then you get an ooportunity you might not click, and when this series is wrapped up we’ll look to think about what we can do to improve. 4-1 seems great at the moment and we’ll look to wrap it up well. We want to win 5-1 for sure, that doesn’t change, but there’ll be a chance for others to step in as well. The first priority is to win and that is what we’ll look to do.

Rohit Sharma, MoM: Long time coming. I had a good time in the middle; as the game went on the wicket got slower and slower. Always a good feeling when you score a hundred and your team wins the match. We stuck to our plans and am glad it came off. I try to keep myself in the right frame of mind and it paid off. I knew I didn’t have to change a lot and the runs would come. I kept hitting the ball well and the confidence was there that I would score. We were in a spot of bother when I got to my century and that’s why the celebrations were low key. When you get in you’ve got to make it count and unless you play a bad shot you don’t really get out. The rest of guys put in the runs in the last game and it was my day today.
Aiden Markram, South Africa captain: Credit to the Indians, they played very well today. Our batting wasn’t upto scratch, and it is hard to keep up the momentum when you lose wickets in clumps. These are some quality Indian players in good form so credit to them, they nailed the execution of their plans. Lungi started off well and kept taking wickets in the middle. After restricting them to less than they would have liked, and we were happy to chase the total down. We needed a few good partnerships, but that wasn’t the case. We are going to have to find a way to build partnerships just to gain some momentum and build some pressure on them. They’ve bowled well, so all credit to them (the Indian spinners), and we’ll look to improve our skills against quality wristspin. Lot of pride to play for in the dead-rubber and we will look to bounce back and end the ODI series on a positive note at Centurion.

South Africa Squad:Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Morne Morkel, Farhaan Behardien, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khaya Zondo India Squad:Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur

Series: India tour of South Africa, 2017-18 (All Matches)

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