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Sharma ton helps India bag ODI series win

14 February 2018

India has played four ODIs against South Africa on this ground and is yet to register a win at the venue. From a position of strength, the Men In Blue found themselves in a spot of bother within a few overs.

"I know that they are very good but we are also better than we have shown with the bat and I'd just like to see us actually improve ourselves in that regard".

"Over the course of nearly every game they have picked up five wickets". But they are still in with a golden chance of making history as they stand on the cusp of a first-ever ODI series win on South African soil.

"It feels unbelievable", Kohli said to interviewer Rohit in a video for bcci.tv. After making an impressive global debut in the Test series last month, the tall right-arm fast-bowler continued his good form with returns of four for 51 from his nine overs. ALSO READ: Kohli's Team India first to win an ODI series in South Africa Arthurton, an offspinner and middle-order batsman, took 12 wickets in a seven-ODI series which West Indies lost 1-6. "But the ultimate priority is to win and we'll do anything we can to win". But, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and bowled out for 201 in 42.2 overs.

India's generally average catching day could have ended on a rather comical note right at the end when Hardik Pandya made a decision to chase a high ball from mid-off when Shikhar Dhawan from long-on looked poised to settle under it. However, he knew anything near 280 on the slow surface would be hard for South Africa.

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.

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India first played at St. George's Park in 1992 and with Mohammad Azharuddin winning the toss, India batted first, only to be bowled out for 147.

"To restrict that strong Indian batting line up to 270, you would think that we should go on and chase those runs but we were not able to". The flamboyant right-hander has struggled in South Africa, with a top score of just 43 prior to the visit to Port Elizabeth, but yesterday was his turn to tame the Proteas attack.

The hosts, meanwhile, are boosting with confidence following the victory in Johannesburg and that they will now look to build on the positives as they have an opportunity to end the six-match series on an even note.

But his dismissal, for India's fourth wicket, precipitated a mini collapse as 21-year-old fast bowler Lungisani Ngidi took four wickets in quick succession to finish with figures of 4-51.

Brief scores: India 274/7 (Rohit Sharma 115, Virat Kohli 36; Lungi Ngidi 4/51) vs South Africa.

Sharma ton helps India bag ODI series win