Team India to lift their first ODI series title in South Africa

Indian batsman and Captain Virat Kohli leaves the field

Yesterday, South Africa won the toss and asked India to bat first. It turned out to be the turning point of the match as South Africa lost their way after Amla's departure.

The last match of the ODI series is in Pretoria on Friday.

On the grounds that South Africa have routinely won bilateral series only to foolishly peak ahead of major ICC events, perhaps the "good hiding" India have handed the Proteas in the on-going ODI series bodes well for the future, but there were still major red flags raised over the course of the past five matches.

The final ODI presents another opportunity for the likes of Rahane and Dhoni to make an impression. It's history and the guys have worked hard for it. Ever since the third Test in Johannesburg, it's been a good time for us.

"To restrict that strong Indian batting line up to 270, you would think that we should go on and chase those runs but we were not able to". "With four bowlers, we needed our best six or seven batsmen to bat the bulk of overs and they were not able to do that tonight", he said. This came yesterday as Rohit Sharma returned to form with a blistering ton. His knock of 115 runs off 126 balls saw India post a competitive total on the scoreboard. But elsewhere, most things remained the same. He was involved in a 105-run second wicket stand with Rohit before he was ran out by Jean-Paul Duminy.

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For some time in the fourth ODI, it seemed that the South Africans have figured out the spin-mystery of the spin-duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Hashim Amla and David Miller put on the only meaningful partnership of 62 with the latter contributing 36 of those runs. But Pandya, who had been dismissed for a golden duck, added to his exploits of being a sublime fielder with a superb throw from mid-off that rattled the stumps at non-striker's end.

South Africa began their reply with a steady start as the skipper Markham and Hashim Amla; the bearded Muslim gave a solid start. After a less than successful effort against Amla, the spinners got the job done to wipe out the lower middle order and the contest.

India have been playing their best XI wanting to seal the series win but should now rest some of them, especially since there is no temptation of a whitewash and also because there is a T20I series starting two days after this ODI.

Rohit acknowledged that his batting changed considerably once he was promoted to the top of the batting order in 2013 and wants to be judged only on his performances after the career-changing year.

The hosts' chances of overhauling India's 274/7 plummeted when they lost their first three wickets inside the first 13 overs. The form of Lungi Ngidi, the pacer who took four wickets in Port Elizabeth last time, has at least been one positive.

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