Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Rohit hundred leads India to top of ODI rankings

Rohit hundred leads India to top of ODI rankings

Their on-field effort was below-par during the five-wicket defeat against South Africa in the fourth ODI, but India's fielding coach R Sridhar expects his players to be more cautious as cross-winds in the port city during the penultimate match could make catching hard.

India has not won a series in South Africa and have also never won a game at St George's Park.

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

Put in to bat, openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan gave India a flying start at the St. Georges Park in Port Elizabeth.

India opener Rohit Sharma who scored his maiden century on South African soil said that the century was long due.

For India, Kuldeep Yadav took 4 wickets, while Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal took 2 wickets each. The T20I series will test her reputation as India's most explosive batsman, and ask her if she can establish herself as the fulcrum around which the team builds its plans for the World T20 in November.

Virat Kohli managed to add only 36 runs to the total before being run out in the 26th over, followed by Ajinkya Rahane for 8. Rohit Sharma was declared "Player of the Match".

When Miller did go, this time lbw to Chahal, new man Phehlukwayo took one ball to take a look at the bowling. In the end, the opposition team was reduced to 201 runs in 42.2 overs. The only game they failed to deliver in was the fourth ODI at the Wanderers, which India lost. This is not just for me, but for all batsmen in the team, because such a situation does come that you are trying your hardest but things don't come off.

After being criticized for his poor show in the series till date and a pitiable average of 11.45 in 12 ODIs (in SA) with a highest score of only 23, Rohit finally played an innings of substance that had 11 boundaries and four sixes.

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.

Heinrich, who won the match in South Africa with Miller in the previous match, was also running from one end.

He has amassed 318 runs in three matches, having been dismissed just a single time.

SOUTH AFRICA: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Odine Kirsten, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Moseline Daniels. With AB de Villiers back in the squad, the hosts will aim to keep the momentum going and tie the series.

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