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India defeated South Africa convincingly in the 5th ODI by 73 runs.
Visitors take the unassailable lead of 4-1 in 6 match ODI series
India progresses their tally to 9th successful ODI series win. Goes one ahead of Australia. They are now placed at the 2nd position behind West Indies.
Rohit hit the form after long patch of failure with his century in Port Elizabeth
Spin Twin once again proved to be a vital weapon in 5th ODI with their 6 scalps in the match.
Hardik Pandya clicked with the ball as he took two crucial wickets and inflict one run out of Hashim Amla.
India team achieved something that no other Indian team played in South Africa ever achieved. All credit will definitely go to their captain Virat Kohli who leads from the front. He scored more than 400 plus runs in the series. His confidence over Both the Wist spinners gave them go from the 1st match itself is a brave call. Many feel that India would go with one spinner in South Africa. But his belief in his spinners proved right in the favor of the team. The Indian wrist spinners picked 30 wickets so far in the series which is most of any spin pair in South Africa.
Apart from the spinners and Virat Kohli himself. Shikhar Dhawan performance gave India major boost in Batting Department. Every match that he played in series he provides India Quickstart. He is 2nd highest runs getter in the series behind Virat with his 300 plus runs.
worries need to be addressed in the joy of the series win
India performed exceptionally well in the ODI series. But the thing was India middle order and lower order failed miserably in the series.
Lack of solid batsman in the middle and absence of power hitters in the lower order who can hit 4 to 5 boundaries in 12 balls is a major worry for the visitors.
An experiment of Ajinkya Rahane in the Middle order work for only one match. He finds difficulty in rotating strikes against South Africa quicks. Problem with Rahane was very clear. His game depends on timing not hitting balls with the force. But he came under the circumstances to bat where he had to score runs fastly where he fails. Apart from Rahane India have the major issue with the role of MS Dhoni. No one is clear to understand why he is batting at number 7 at this stage of his career.
MS Dhoni should bat at number 4 or 5 to provide India solidity and make himself set for the death overs.
Hardik Pandya failure as a finisher halts India’s target in last two ODI’s. He scored 50 plus runs in his 9 innings. He disturbed the team balance if he does not contribute to both the department of Batting and bowling.
Hardik Pandya looked lost when he bats. His shot selection is very poor. When he enters the ground to bat he did not know in which ball he has to play which shot. Pandya struggled against pace attack makes India lower order vulnerable to post the huge total on the board.
Brief score :
IND 274/7 (50.0 Ovs)
RSA 201-all out (42.2 Ovs)
Note: Rohit Sharma adjudged player of the match