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India wicketkeeper MS Dhoni 46 runs away from ODI history

India wicketkeeper MS Dhoni 46 runs away from ODI history

Rohit Sharma inspired India to a victory over South Africa and a series win that ensures they will leapfrog the Proteas and go top of the one-day rankings.

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.

India's last 10 overs produced only 55 runs and handed South Africa a gettable target at a run rate of 5.50.

WICKET! Lungi Ngidi is on fire, as he gets his third wicket by removing Shreyas Iyer.

But Rohit seems to have devised a plan to escape the wrath of the captain: Just score big and make up for Kohli's wicket.

In this series, still two match is to be played, interestingly it will be a key contest between Indian spinners, and South African batting line-up.

In response, Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla got off to a good start scoring 52 for the first wicket before Markram departed for 32 off the bowling of Bumrah.

Yuzvendra Chahal (2-43) once again showed their magic with the ball.

If India win the series 5-1, they will finish on 123 points, while South Africa will end on 117 points.

Indian captain Virat Kohli said he would have preferred to bowl.

Rohit Sharma might have returned to form with a brilliant century but nothing changed for Hardik Pandya. 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.

Rohit went on to score his 17th hundred (115 off 126 balls) to help India post 274/7 in 50 overs after being put into bat. The 35-year-old veteran cricketer, whose biopic is named "Chakdaha Express", made history during the ODI series by becoming the first woman cricketer in the world to pick up a total of 200 ODI wickets. South Africa lost their last four wickets for five runs to the spin duo as India registered the historic maiden series win.

On the tour so far, Rohit had tallied 118 runs in eight innings across two Tests and four ODIs.On Tuesday, he nearly doubled that at St. George's Park.

India were unchanged, while South Africa picked left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi in place of all-rounder Chris Morris, who has a back strain. They've got their game plans nailed so credit to how they've played. The match is scheduled to begin at 04.30 pm (IST), 11:00 am (GMT) and 01:00 pm Local Time onwards. The telecast will be made available on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD, Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD channels.


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