INDIA BEAT PROTEAS BY 73 RUNS TO BAG FIRST SERIES WIN IN SA
INDIA notched their first series victory on South African soil as they beat the Proteas by 73 runs in the 5th Momentum oneday international at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth yesterday.
Chasing 275 was always going to need a solid contribution from the South African top order if they were going have any hope of staying alive in the series, but only two of them came to the party.
India now lead the series 41 with only one match to play and will head to Centurion looking to drive the nail even further into the Proteas’ coffin on Friday.
Opener and skipper Aiden Markram made a bright 32 and Hashim Amla was superb for his 71, but when the latter was run out by a direct hit from Hardik Pandya the writing was starting to appear on the wall.
David Miller also struck the ball well in his knock of 36 but had a slip of concentration and played a poor stroke to be bowled by wristspinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
Heinrich Klaasen showed character in making 39 in a dying cause, but simply ran out of partners as wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav cleaned up the tail to collect four for 57.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma came good scoring a superb century and Lungi Ngidi produced careerbest figures as India posted 274 for seven. India got off to a good start and by the halfway stage at 150 for one had looked good to post well in excess of 300.
But the South African attack fought back well in the latter stages to limit the damage with Ngidi picking up four for 51, beating his previous best of 2/52.
Rohit, who came into the match having scored only 40 runs in four innings in the series, was handed a chance with his score on 96 when Tabraiz Shamsi canned a catch at fine leg off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada. But the righthanded 30yearold went on to make 115 and record his 17th ODI hundred when he clipped unorthodox spinner Shamsi off his pads in the following over.
He scored heavily through the backward point area and eventually finished with 11 fours and four sixes off 126 deliveries. He was out in the 43rd over as Ngidi found the edge of his bat through to wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen.
Meanwhile, Warriors batsman Christiaan Jonker and the Titans duo of fast bowler Junior Dala and wicketkeeperbatsman Heinrich Klaasen are the new caps in the Proteas squad for the threematch T20 series against India later this month.
JP Duminy has been named as captain in the continued absence through injury of Faf du Plessis.
— SuperSport, Sport24. Proteas T20 squad: JP Duminy (capt), Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala, AB de Villiers, Reeza Hendricks, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, JonJon Smuts.