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Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel and Jasprit Bumrah Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel and Jasprit Bumrah
Cassandra Gardner | 14 February, 2018, 18:06

There was an opportunity to clinch the 2011 one-day series for the first time on South African soil, but India, led then by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, were thwarted by a Protean batting revival and rain later in the evening of January 21.

Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer steadied things with a 60-run partnership, during which Rohit brought up his century.

Earlier during India's inning, despite Rohit's 115, the visitors couldn't take the score to 300 or 300-plus with the middle order failing to pick up the pieces.

Prior to the fifth ODI, Rohit Sharma had been under a barren run with just 126 runs in South Africa. Ngidi took four wickets for South Africa which started the chase very well as the openers put on 52 runs.

Hashim Amla played a measured innings of 71 and shared partnerships of 62 with David Miller and 39 with Heinrich Klaasen. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who came in for rough treatment in the last ODI, returned to their wicket-taking ways, with Kuldeep taking 4 for 57 and Chahal returning 2 for 43. The 73-run victory has allowed India to take a 5-1 lead in the series with a game to go.

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

The Men in Blue still have a two-match cushion in the six-ODI series. The Indian team won ruthlessly in the first three ODIs as they won them by 6 wickets, 9 wickets, and 124 runs respectively.

India: 274 for 7 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 115; Lungi Ngidi 4/51).

Lungi Ngidi was the key bowler for South Africa as he finished his spell with four wickets.

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One can't ignore Hardik Pandya's contribution as his all-round skill sets came into good effect.

SOUTH Africa's one-day players have talked a lot recently about showing fight.

Another awful mix-up saw Ajinkya Rahane get run out by Morne Morkel for just eight runs.

Meanwhile, India's record at Port Elizabeth is not good as they have lost all 5 ODIs played here since 1992.

"He knows how to make hundreds in one-day worldwide cricket but he's not been allowed to either by the way they've bowled or the sort of lack of confidence in our batting or the way that we have played".

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Rohit, however, was involved in two unfortunate run-outs - first with skipper Virat Kohli (36) after sharing a 105-run second wicket stand and then Ajinkya Rahane (8), who fell victim to Rohit's mistimed call.

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