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6th ODI (D/N), Centurion, February 16, 2018, South Africa v India 2018
(32.1/50 ov, T:205) 206/2

India won by 8 wickets (with 107 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
129* (96) & 2 catches
Player Of The Series
558 runs
Full commentary

8pm The victorious India team poses with the series trophy. Nikhil Kalro's report will tell you the full story of the day. This is Deivarayan Muthu and Alagappan Muthu signing off.

A reminder that viewers in the Indian subcontinent can catch all the highlights of this match here.

7.35pm Virat Kohli who has moved past AB de Villiers shakes hands with his good mate. He bossed the chase with his 35th ODI hundred and fourth of the tour. This win, however, was set up the bowlers. Thakur, playing his first game of the series, bagged four wickets and exposed South Africa's fragile middle order. The wristspinners - Kuldeep and Chahal - managed just three wickets between them but there would be no way back for South Africa. This despite Zondo's maiden international fifty on a slower-than-usual Centurion pitch. The margin of series defeat has thrown up questions about South Africa's depth. Can Markram hold his place when the big guns are back? Are Duminy and Miller still good enough? How does this shake up their 2019 World Cup plans?

WATCH - The Kohli straight drive to seal the series (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

Markram: It was quite a tough series. It's something we have to look back at it with a lot of thought and try to figure out why we weren't as good as we could be. They cashed in and that's where we lacked. It's how we grow and learn. We will try to take some positives. It's a nice break away from the format. It's not a bad thing for us.

Kohli, Man of the match and Man of the Series: It was a day where I felt really good. Last game, I was not in the right kind of mindset. This is a beautiful place to bat under lights. That's the idea behind bowling first. I like setting up for the short ball. It was a blessing in disguise, and they kept bowling short. I think the pitch got better to bat on under lights. It has been a rollercoaster till now. People who are close to me deserve a lot of credit. My wife has kept me going throughout the tour. I am grateful for that. Obviously, you want to lead from the front, and that's a wonderful feeling. I have got eight or nine years left in my career and I want to make the most of every day. It's a blessing that I am healthy and getting to captain my country. They have shown great character - especially the two young spinners. Shikhar at the top, Rohit. The way the series went augurs well for us. We're looking forward to the T20s. The tour is not over yet. As a team, we felt we did not play with the right frame of mind in the first two Tests. Come Johannesburg, we made up our mind that we will not take a backward step. After losing the Test series, I was talking to you. I am here taking to you after winning the ODI series.

Tahir to Kohli, FOUR runs

There it is! India win the series 5-1. Tahir loops it full and outside off, Kohli sizes it up and crunnnnches a drive to the left of Tahir. He holds the pose. Regal shot. Regal innings. Regal chase

end of over 327 runs
IND: 202/2CRR: 6.31 RRR: 0.16
Ajinkya Rahane34 (50b 3x4)
Virat Kohli125 (95b 18x4 2x6)
Lungi Ngidi 8-1-54-2
Imran Tahir 7-0-38-0
Ngidi to Rahane, FOUR runs

back of a length and outside off, Rahane manufactures more swinging room by jumping outside the leg stump. He wallops the ball through the covers

Sundar S: "I think Markram will hang on to his place when Faf gets back. But it is Duminy and Miller who need to be dropped. Duminy for sure. I believe his SA time is up."

Ngidi to Kohli, 1 run

tucked off the hips to the left of deep square leg

Ngidi to Kohli, no run

bouncer outside off, beats Kohli's hook

Ngidi to Rahane, 1 run

chest-high short ball on off, swatted to deep square leg's right

Ngidi to Rahane, no run

short, extra bounce, rushes Rahane into a hook. Miscued to mid-on

Ngidi to Rahane, no run

pitched up and outside off, driven to mid-off's left

Ngidi to Rahane, 1 wide

very full and drifting down leg for a wide. Attempted slower ball gone wrong

India just 10 runs away from 5-1

end of over 3115 runs
IND: 195/2CRR: 6.29 RRR: 0.52
Virat Kohli124 (93b 18x4 2x6)
Ajinkya Rahane29 (46b 2x4)
Imran Tahir 7-0-38-0
Lungi Ngidi 7-1-47-2
Tahir to Kohli, no run

speared outside off, belted to cover

Tahir to Kohli, SIX runs

floated up on off, Kohli saunters down the track and launches it over the long-on boundary. Nice, smooth swing of the bat

Tahir to Kohli, SIX runs

tossed outside off, Kohli stretches out and nails a slog-sweep over the midwicket boundary

Tahir to Kohli, 2 runs

slides on outside off, Kohli employs the latest of late cuts to third man

Tahir to Rahane, 1 run

shorter and turns in, this googly is punched to sweeper

Tahir to Rahane, no run

back of a length on middle, patted past the right of the bowler to mid-on

Tanny: "Not sure what India as a team is gaining from today's victory. Imagine how it would have been if some other player would have got a chance and played half as good an innings"

end of over 306 runs
IND: 180/2CRR: 6.00 RRR: 1.25
Ajinkya Rahane28 (44b 2x4)
Virat Kohli110 (89b 18x4)
Lungi Ngidi 7-1-47-2
Imran Tahir 6-0-23-0
Ngidi to Rahane, 1 run

back of a length and outside off, punched through the line to sweeper cover

Ngidi to Kohli, 1 run

low full-toss on middle, bunted to the left of mid-on

santosh battula: "It has been that kind of day for Kohli that even mishits are sailing for boundary.

Ngidi to Kohli, FOUR runs

bouncer outside off, Kohli can't control the pull and therefore sends a top edge over the keeper's head

Ngidi to Kohli, no run

short and outside off, pulled to midwicket

WATCH - Kohli celebrates his 35th ODI hundred (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

Ngidi to Kohli, no run

back of a length on middle, turned to midwicket

Ngidi to Kohli, no run

back of a length on off, solidly blocked back to the bowler


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