India claim historic away series victory

India beat South Africa in the 5th ODI at Port Elizabeth

South Africa lost their last four wickets for five runs to the spin duo as India registered the historic maiden series win. South Arica had won the 4th ODI at Johannesburg and they hoped for another win at Port Elizabeth to make it 3-2 in the series.

Once again, South Africa struggled to get through India's top order after getting an early wicket.

After being criticised 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.

South Africa chased down a revised target of 202, ultimately easily, after David Miller was bowled off a no-ball, given a life, and used it crack a match-turning 39 from 28 balls.

For South Africa, Lungisani Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 4/51 while Kagiso Rabada picked up a wicket.

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. "It was my day today", said Man of the Match Rohit.

The key moment came when de Villiers slashed hard at a back-of-length ball in the channel from Pandya and only edged it behind.

After Shikhar Dhawan's dismissal a little partnership got going between Rohit and Kohli.

After a series of low scores, Rohit Sharma came good when it ultimately mattered as he scored 115 in India's respectable total of 274 for 7 on a sluggish St Georege's Park wicket.

"He knows how to make hundreds in one-day global cricket but he's not been allowed to either by the way they've bowled or the sort of lack of confidence in our batting or the way that we have played".

Legendary South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis has revealed that he wants India captain Virat Kohli to tone down his aggression. "In our dressing room, we always talk about how we are batting and how we are playing the ball", Rohit said when asked how he manages to retain that confidence during such a run.

But Rohit, dropped on 96 by Tabraiz Shamsi, made up for those mental errors as he brought up his first hundred in South Africa with a flick past backward square leg.

"Two batsmen (Kohli and Rahane) were run out before this (ton) in front of me".

Virat Kohli and co started the series in fine fashion, securing dominant victories in the first three contests at Durban, Centurion and Cape Town respectively to take their tally to 3-0.

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