5TH ODI AT ST GEORGE’S PARK, PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA
India 274-7 (50) (Sharma 115Ngidi 4-51)
South Africa 201 (42.2) (Amla 71Yadav 4-57)
INDIA WIN BY 73 RUNS
INDIA LEAD THE SERIES 4-1
Rohit Sharma was the star as India earned their first ever one day Series win with a comfortable victory over South Africa in Port Elizabeth. Sharma hit 115 including 4 Sixes in india’s total of 274-7. Wickets did fall though and Sharma did not get a lot of back up, Four wickets for Lungisani Ngidi helped the hosts keep India under a 300 score.
As it was the total was still too much for South Africa. Opener Hasim Amla took the fight to the Indian bowlers but he was run out for 71 leaving the homes side at 166-5 and from there began the collapse. The South Africa side lost their final four wickets for just 5 runs with three of those wickets taken by Kuldeep Yadav leaving him with figures of 4-51 for the innings. India become the number 1 ranked ODI side in the world as a result of this series victory with one game still to go at Centurion Park.
4th ODI AT THE NEW WANDERERS, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
India 289-7 (50) (Dhawan 109 Kohli 75)
South Africa 207-5 (25.5) (Klaasen 43*)
SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 5 WICKETS (DUCKWORTH-LEWIS METHOD)
INDIA LEAD THE SERIES 3-1
South Africa took advantage of a rain delay and reduced total to keep their one day series with India alive in Johannesburg. Shikhar Dhawan got a century (109) including 2 sixes for India and Virat Kohli continued his excellent form scoring 75 as India posted 289-7 from their 50 Overs. The rain break meant a reduced target for South Africa. They would need 207 from 28 Overs in what would be more of a 20/20 like chase.
Arguably this may have suited South Africa. However India looked in a good position when the took the wicket of the returning AB De Villiers with South Africa at 102-4. However a partnership of 72 between David Miller (39) and Heinrich Klaasen (43 Not Out) turned the game and put South Africa in command. Klaasen stayed until the end to score the winning runs with 13 balls to spare as the hosts get their first win of the series and could yet save it by winning the next two games.
South Africa 179 (40) (Duminy 51Yadav 4-23 Chahal 4-46)
INDIA WIN BY 124 RUNS
INDIA LEAD THE SERIES 3-0
Virat Kohli played a true captains role in ensuring India now cannot lose their one day series in South Africa as they took a 3-0 lead with three left to play. Kohli scored 160 Not Out including 2 sixes and 12 fours. Shikhar Dhawan backed Kohli up with 76 as India put 303 on the board.
In reply South Africa lost a wicket in the first over and were struggling throughout. Four wickets a piece for Yozvendra Chahal and Koldeep Yadav kept the pressure on. Only Jean-Paul Duminy with 51 offered any real resistance as India comfortably took a 124 run victory. They have total dominance in the series and will look to wrap it up in Game 4.
India humbled South Africa at Centurion Park to take a 2-0 series lead. South Africa collapsed with not single batsman scoring into the 30’s. The star bowler was Yuzvendra Chahal taking 5 wickets for just 22 runs. Kuldeep Yadav took 3 wickets as the home side were bowled out for just 118.
India made short work of the reply. Shikhar Dhawan with 51 Not Out and Virat Kohli with 46 Not Out ensured got India home in just over 20 overs for the loss of just one wicket. The partnership of Dhawan and Kohli means they as a partnership have now scored over 2000 runs in international one day cricket and more importantly right now, has put India in total command of this series.
South Africa 269-8 (50) (Du Plessis 120Yadav 3-34)
India 270-4 (45.3) (Kohli 112 Rahane 79)
INDIAWIN BY 6 WICKETS
INDIALEAD THE SERIES 1-0
India took the first game of the six match one day series in Durban. The hosts batted first and had Faf du Plessis to thank for the fact they had any total of note on the board. du Plessis hit 2 sixes in his 120 but received little back up as South Africa scored 269 for 8 off their 50 overs.
South Africa took a couple of early wickets but the partnership of 189 between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane blew the game wide open and put India in control. When Rahane finally fell for 79 it was far too late for India. Kohli was eventually out for 112 with his 33rd One day century. It left Hardijk Pandya and MS Doni to score the final runs and secure a 6 Wicket victory for India.
AT THE PERTH STADIUM, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA
England 259 (47.4) (Root 62Tye 5-46)
Australia 247 (48.2) (Stoinis 87Curran 5-35)
ENGLANDWIN BY 12 RUNS
ENGLANDWIN THE SERIES 4-1
England finished the one day series in Australia with a closely fought win in Perth in the first game played at the new Perth Stadium. Joe Root top scored for England with 62 with Andrew Tye taking 5 wickets for the Australians to restrict England to 259, bowling them all out and denying them and extra 14 balls as a result.
The game then kept swinging. Australia got off to a great start and looked like they were heading for the win When Tom Curran’s bowling had top scorer Marcus Stoinis caught by Adil Rahid for 87 the home side were 187-4. Four quick wickets however swung the game back the other way putting England in control at 203-8
Tim Paine who saw Australia home in the last game nearly did it again. His 34 put the Aussies back in it but Curran bowled him to take the final wicket with Australia 12 runs short to ensure England end the series on a high. Curran took 5 Wickets in the end which proved the difference in this game, Australia’s batting was not good enough over the series as a whole and this win will be a big boost to England looking ahead to next years One Day World Cup.
4TH ODI AT THE ADELAIDE OVAL, ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA
England 196 (44.5) (Woakes 78Cummins 4-24)
Australia 197-7 (37) (Head 96Rashid 3-49)
AUSTRALIAWIN BY 3 WICKETS
ENGLANDLEAD THE SERIES 3-1
Australia finally got a win on the board taking full advantage of excellent conditions for bowling in Adelaide. England got off to a dire start and at one stage were 8-5 and Australia threatened to totally annihilate the whole England batting line up. Chris Woakes saved the position with 78 including 5 sixes as the lower order managed to get the score to 196 before being bowled all out. Pat Cummins took four wickets with Josh Hazlewood and Andrew Tye splitting the other with 3 wickets each in an excellent bowling performance.
Australian opener Travis Head got the home side off to a good enough start despite wickets falling at the other end. end eventually fell just short of his century on 96. Australia had enough overs to get the runs, the only question was could England bowl them all out for an unlikely win as Head’s wicket was the sixth to fall. Tim Payne hit 25 Not Out to ensure Australia got home as England only took one more wicket before the hosts got to the target and claim victory.
Adil Rashid’s 3 wickets had helped make for some nervy moments for the Australians along the way, but they got their ‘Australia Day’ victory England have already won the series with one more game in Perth and the final Australia v England international at the WACA before the new stadium out west is built.