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216dThe Report by Nikhil Kalro

Kohli's 35th ODI ton helps India wallop South Africa 5-1

Shardul Thakur dominated with the ball, Virat Kohli with the bat and India cruised to an eight-wicket win in Centurion, taking the six-match series 5-1

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
129(96) 19x4 - 2x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 29 runs
  • 7x4 - 0x6
4 8 14 17 21 25 13 27
K Zondo
54(74) 3x4 - 2x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 19 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
1 0 6 4 14 7 4 18

Best performances - Bowlers

SN Thakur
O8.5
M0
R52
W4
Eco5.88
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
JJ Bumrah
O8
M1
R24
W2
Eco3.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

India , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

India won the 6-match series 5-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

13.00 start, First Session 13.00-16.30, Interval 16.30-17.15, Second Session 17.15-20.45

Match days

16 February 2018 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

8pm The victorious India team poses with the series trophy. Nikhil Kalro's report will tell you the full story of the day. This is Deivarayan Muthu and Alagappan Muthu signing off.

A reminder that viewers in the Indian subcontinent can catch all the highlights of this match here.

7.35pm Virat Kohli who has moved past AB de Villiers shakes hands with his good mate. He bossed the chase with his 35th ODI hundred and fourth of the tour. This win, however, was set up the bowlers. Thakur, playing his first game of the series, bagged four wickets and exposed South Africa's fragile middle order. The wristspinners - Kuldeep and Chahal - managed just three wickets between them but there would be no way back for South Africa. This despite Zondo's maiden international fifty on a slower-than-usual Centurion pitch. The margin of series defeat has thrown up questions about South Africa's depth. Can Markram hold his place when the big guns are back? Are Duminy and Miller still good enough? How does this shake up their 2019 World Cup plans?

WATCH - The Kohli straight drive to seal the series (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

Markram: It was quite a tough series. It's something we have to look back at it with a lot of thought and try to figure out why we weren't as good as we could be. They cashed in and that's where we lacked. It's how we grow and learn. We will try to take some positives. It's a nice break away from the format. It's not a bad thing for us.

Kohli, Man of the match and Man of the Series: It was a day where I felt really good. Last game, I was not in the right kind of mindset. This is a beautiful place to bat under lights. That's the idea behind bowling first. I like setting up for the short ball. It was a blessing in disguise, and they kept bowling short. I think the pitch got better to bat on under lights. It has been a rollercoaster till now. People who are close to me deserve a lot of credit. My wife has kept me going throughout the tour. I am grateful for that. Obviously, you want to lead from the front, and that's a wonderful feeling. I have got eight or nine years left in my career and I want to make the most of every day. It's a blessing that I am healthy and getting to captain my country. They have shown great character - especially the two young spinners. Shikhar at the top, Rohit. The way the series went augurs well for us. We're looking forward to the T20s. The tour is not over yet. As a team, we felt we did not play with the right frame of mind in the first two Tests. Come Johannesburg, we made up our mind that we will not take a backward step. After losing the Test series, I was talking to you. I am here taking to you after winning the ODI series.

32.1
4
Imran Tahir to Kohli, FOUR runs, There it is! India win the series 5-1. Tahir loops it full and outside off, Kohli sizes it up and crunnnnches a drive to the left of Tahir. He holds the pose. Regal shot. Regal innings. Regal chase

END OF OVER:
32 | 7 Runs | INDIA: 202/2 (3 runs required from 17.5 overs, RR: 6.31, RRR: 0.16)

  • AM Rahane34 (50b)
  • V Kohli125 (95b)
  • L Ngidi8-1-54-2
  • Imran Tahir7-0-38-0
31.6
4
Ngidi to Rahane, FOUR runs, back of a length and outside off, Rahane manufactures more swinging room by jumping outside the leg stump. He wallops the ball through the covers

Sundar S: "I think Markram will hang on to his place when Faf gets back. But it is Duminy and Miller who need to be dropped. Duminy for sure. I believe his SA time is up."

31.5
1
Ngidi to Kohli, 1 run, tucked off the hips to the left of deep square leg
31.4
0
Ngidi to Kohli, no run, bouncer outside off, beats Kohli's hook
31.3
1
Ngidi to Rahane, 1 run, chest-high short ball on off, swatted to deep square leg's right
31.2
0
Ngidi to Rahane, no run, short, extra bounce, rushes Rahane into a hook. Miscued to mid-on

Kohli's series

558

Runs for Kohli in this series, the most for any batsman in a bilateral ODI series. He is also the first to score over 500 runs in a bilateral series. Previous highest was 491 by Rohit Sharma v Aus in 2013-14 series.

Thakur triumphs

1

Shardul Thakur is the first India fast bowler to take a 3-wicket haul in this series. The spinners have taken six 3-fors.

AB fails

2008

Last time AB de Villiers failed to make a 50+ score in a bilateral ODI series playing 3 or more matches, which was against England. In this series he has made scores of 26, 6 and 30.

Lucky Toss again

118

Score at which South Africa were dismissed in the second ODI of this series that was played in Centurion, after India had won the toss and put the hosts to bat first. The visitors have won the toss again in this Centurion ODI and chose to field.