5th ODI (D/N), Gqeberha, February 13, 2018, South Africa v India 2018
(42.2/50 ov, T:275) 201

India won by 73 runs

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8:47pm That's the series done and dusted, but don't go anywhere just yet. It's 14th February, and we all know what that means - the Champions League is back, and if you're from the subcontinent, you can catch Spurs vs Juventus as well as Basel vs Manchester City live and exclusive on Thanks for joining us and we'll see you for the next one. Good night!

Virat Kohli: Very pleased, another complete performance from us. Only one thing had the pressure of losing this series and we knew that. It's history and the guys have worked hard for it. Every since the third Test in Johannesburg it's been a good time for us. It's been a collective effort to create history. When three guys at the top are being consistent, the guys who get an opportunity every now and then might not click. After this series is wrapped up we'll sit down and think about where to improve. For now, 4-1 feels great. We want to win 5-1 for sure, but yeah, there might a scenario for a few more guys to get a chance next match. But the ultimate priority is to win and we'll do anything we can to win.

Rohit Sharma: A long time coming, had a good time in the middle. As the game went on the wicket got slower. It's always a good feeling when you score a hundred and your teams wins. Gotta keep yourself in a good frame of mind - that's what I've been doing. I knew I don't have to change a lot and the runs will come. We were in a bit of bother and it was important for me to bat long. I'm glad we could put up the runs on the board and come out and defend it. It's been the hallmark of our team that once you get in, you make it count at the top 3. We face the most deliveries. It was my day today.

Rohit Sharma is the Man of the Match.

Aiden Markram: It has been difficult, yes. Firstly credit goes to India. Our batting wasn't up to scratch. You struggle to build momentum when you lose wickets. They've got their game plans nailed so credit to how they've played. Lungi's spell was spectacular. To keep taking wickets in that middle and end period was important. I was happy at the halfway stage. There were some soft dismissals, starting from myself. I do believe we've played their spinners progressively better in the series. It's a learning process. Lot of pride to play for now and we're gonna look to bounce back and end the series on a positive note.

WATCH - Chahal wraps up India's series win (Ind subcontinent only)

8:31pm Six out of ten for those spinners again as India resume their winning ways. But there was another contribution today that has sealed this for them. Hardik Pandya's 2 for 30 and his run out of Hashim Amla have engineered this win for India. A fantastic return for the allrounder who was out for a golden duck today. Rohit Sharma's 17th ODI hundred set it up for India on a day their middle order struggled to capitalise on a strong start. They fell at least 30 runs short, did India, and looked flat in the middle overs with the dots and the nervous running. In the end, though, they've done it. It's 4-1. Stick around for the presentation.

Chahal to Morkel, OUT

trapped in front and that's the series for India! Chahal draws him forward with a flatter one, spinning in from off stump on a good length. Morkel plonks the front leg forward and is beaten on the inside edge right in front of off stump

Morne Morkel lbw b Chahal 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 8m) SR: 33.33

WATCH - Chahal and Kuldeep combine to take out Rabada (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)

Chahal to Morkel, no run

dropped as Morkel drills this full ball straight back to the bowler. It's floated up and nicely in his arc

Chahal. Slip and leg slip.

end of over 425 runs • 3 wickets
SA: 201/9CRR: 4.78 RRR: 9.25
Lungi Ngidi4 (1b 1x4)
Morne Morkel1 (1b)
Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-57-4
Yuzvendra Chahal 9-0-43-1

For a little while Klaaseen looked a class apart against wristspin WATCH as he takes 16 off Kuldeep's over (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)

Kuldeep to Ngidi, FOUR runs

boom. That's one way to face the hat-trick ball. Tossed up outside off, reaches the pitch of this and batters it between mid-off and the non-striker. That took a second to reach the boundary

Hat-trick ball

Kuldeep to Shamsi, OUT

Pandya in character, adding more flair than needed as he plucks this one-handed catch from in front of Dhawan's throat. It's a length ball floated up at middle stump. He looks to go big and skies it between long-off and long-on. Neither of them is calling and there's a danger of collision briefly as they converge. But Dhawan seems to notice and hold back a step. The ball is headed into his grasp but Pandya creates an eclipse, getting his palm in the way and then saying "that was mine"

Tabraiz Shamsi c Pandya b Kuldeep Yadav 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 2m) SR: 0

Slip and leg gully

Kuldeep to Klaasen, OUT

got him! Kuldeep picks up another three-wicket haul and this looks like the match and the series for India. Pushes a googly wide outside off. Klaasen has only taken a step down when he's too far away from this. It's a hopeful slash away from the body in the end, but that ball is drifting and turning away from his reach. Dhoni picks up and smashes the stumps down

Heinrich Klaasen st †Dhoni b Kuldeep Yadav 39 (42b 2x4 2x6 72m) SR: 92.85
Kuldeep to Morkel, 1 run

full toss on middle stump, driven firmly to long-on with a stride

It's Morne Morkel. At No. 9. In an ODI.

Kuldeep to Rabada, OUT

taken at midwicket. This is tossed up at off stump. He swings across the line, isn't to the pitch of this and Chahal takes it as it flies off the inside half of the bat. Rabada's troubled stay comes to an end

Kagiso Rabada c Chahal b Kuldeep Yadav 3 (17b 0x4 0x6 26m) SR: 17.64
Kuldeep to Rabada, no run

good length on off stump, defended on the front foot

end of over 414 runs
SA: 196/6CRR: 4.78 RRR: 8.77
Kagiso Rabada3 (15b)
Heinrich Klaasen39 (41b 2x4 2x6)
Yuzvendra Chahal 9-0-43-1
Jasprit Bumrah 7-0-22-1

Required rate climbing close to 9 per over now. Here's Kuldeep for his last over.

Chahal to Rabada, 1 run

googly, good length on off stump. Punched to long-off off the back foot

Chahal to Klaasen, 1 run

good length and turning away from off stump. Punched to long-on from the crease

Chahal to Klaasen, no run

beaten as this spins away from his reach. Tossed up outside off and he's looking to blitz this over midwicket with a sweep

Chahal to Rabada, 1 run

back of a length at off stump, punched to long-off off the back foot

Chahal to Rabada, no run

googly, back of a length outside off. Tapped to extra cover off the back foot

Chahal to Klaasen, 1 run

good length on leg stump, punched to long-on off the back foot

end of over 403 runs
SA: 192/6CRR: 4.80 RRR: 8.30
Kagiso Rabada1 (12b)
Heinrich Klaasen37 (38b 2x4 2x6)
Jasprit Bumrah 7-0-22-1
Hardik Pandya 9-0-30-2

Chahal is back.

Bumrah to Rabada, no run

good length on off stump, punched back to the bowler on the front foot

Goes around the wicket

Bumrah to Klaasen, 1 run

short ball in at the body, tickled to fine leg with the angle

Bumrah to Klaasen, no run

slower ball outside off. Dropped pitch side on the off side. Yes-no-yes-no, a shrug, a brake, a change in direction and a safe return. The score remains the same

Bumrah to Klaasen, no run

full on leg stump, flicked straight to mid-on

Bumrah to Klaasen, no run

short ball outside off, looks to get on top of this and guide it to third man. Beaten. Kohli's appeal turned down

Bumrah to Klaasen, 2 runs

back of a length and in at leg stump. Pushed with soft hands between fine leg and deep square. They come back for the second

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