The Witness - - SPORT -

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.

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