India look to ensure series victory against South Africa today

India look to ensure series victory against South Africa today

Despite Rohit's 115 off 126 balls, India failed to consolidate during the final 10 overs as they scored only 55 runs after being comfortably placed at 219 for four.

Amla was needlessly run out with the score on 166/5.

Amla made 71 but it came off 92 balls.

India, for the first time, won a Test outside the sub-continent without playing a spinner, and in the series it bowled out the opposition in every innings. Runs can be mistaken for form, Test form for ODI form, and a batsman can go into a rut. This is a huge turning point in the game.

Chahal, who sustained a stinging blow to his left hand while trying to stop a Miller drive off his own bowling, signalled victory by trapping Morkel in front to spark animated celebrations in the Indian camp, with history made.

"We spoke about pacing our innings knowing that we have strength at the back, but we needed a good start", Ottis Gibson conceded. The way Bumrah and Bhuvi shown their experience and the way Hardik has bowled in the middle as well. Will the visitors find a breakthrough?

India replace South Africa at the top of the International Cricket Council's ODI rankings.

After Amla, South Africa went from 166-5 to 201 all out in the space of eight overs and those last five wickets all fell to the spin of Yadav or Chahal. The Indian bowlers wrapped up the South African tail for just 35 runs. It didn't cost South Africa much as Kohli was run out soon after, with the third-wicket stand also ending in similar fashion when Rahane was run-out.

India created history on Tuesday by clinching the one day worldwide series in South Africa with one game to spare. India are in trouble now.

India has set a target of 275 for the hosts riding on a smashing century by Rohit Sharma.

Rohit's celebrations of his 17th ODI century were subdued and the vice-captain stated that it was due to the fact that there was plenty to do for him. How long will his partnership with Shreyas Iyer last? It was riddled with fine shots, edged boundaries and more frustratingly for the dressing room - run outs of Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.

But that wicket did little to deter Rohit, who was now joined by the other man in form - Virat Kohli. Will he score a hundred today?

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Lungi Ngidi, had other ideas, however.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have got India off to a good start. At 65 for 3 in the 13th over with their main batsman gone, South Africa's task looked steep.

The Proteas have brought in spinner Tabraiz Shamsi in place of all-rounder Chris Morris, who is nursing a stiff back, according to South Africa captain Aiden Markram.

Meanwhile, India have gone unchanged for this match.

For Kohli, this is a significant milestone in his three-and-a-half years at the helm as this is also his first series win against a top nation away from home.

India have achieved their maiden series win in South Africa, taking a 4-1 lead by winning the fifth match.

Rohit, who scored 115 to end his run of low scores in South Africa, helped India score 274/7.

It will be intriguing to see how Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal tackle the Proteas batting-line up, who countered the Indian spin duo easily in the last match.

India's Port Elizabeth record is up against them.

Asked if India would make any changes in the dead rubber at Centurion, Kohli remained uncertain at the time.

The live broadcast will begin at 4.30 pm IST.

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