5th ODI: South Africa beat India by 214 runs at Wankhede, win series

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Virat Kohli AB de Villiers

South Africa won their first ODI series in India after defeating the hosts by 214 runs in the 5th and final match at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium today. It was evident right from the first over of the game that the Proteas were playing to win the title. They put up a mammoth total of 438 runs for the loss of 4 wickets making the Indian bowling attack look lackluster after captain A. B. de Villiers won the toss and decided to bat first.

South Africa’s score of 438 runs is the joint third highest total ever scored in a One Day match. As many as 3 Proteas batsmen – Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers – scored tons. This was only the second time in a One Day match that a team had 3 players scoring hundred runs.

Ab de Villiers’ 119 came off just 61 balls. Quinton de Kock faced 87 balls to score 109 runs and Faf du Plessis’ 133 came off just 115 deliveries before he was retired hurt. The two Indian seamers Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma gave away 106 and 84 (7 overs) runs. Indian fielders dropped at least 4 catches at a time when the South African batsmen were unstoppable.

None of the Indian batsmen barring Ajinkya Rahane responded to the huge challenge posed by the visitors. Rahane scored 87 in 58 balls but the team needed many such performances.

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India Vs SA: Advantage Team India at Wankhede in ODI final

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Virat Kohli AB de Villiers

Stage is set for the fifth and final ODI of the bilateral series between India and South Africa at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. With the series evenly poised at 2-2, Sunday’s encounter is expected to be a treat for cricket lovers.

Team India is buoyant after its convincing victory in Chennai in the 4th ODI and will aim at keeping the momentum. The good thing about the home team is that it has found the right batting order and Suresh Raina’s return to form gives the middle order the stability that skipper MS Dhoni has been looking for. It is expected that Dhoni will maintain the same batting order with Virat Kohli at Number 3, Ajinkya Rahane at Number 4, Raine at No 5 and the captain himself at 6.

It is the bowling department that needs to compliment the batsmen. Ravichandran Ashwin’s absence has been somewhat filled by Harbhajan Singh‘s comeback. Bhajji has responded well to the opportunity so far. Axar Patel and Amit Mishra too need to do their bit in the final on Sunday. South African batsmen have looked less comfortable facing Indian spinners in the series barring AB de Villiers. The Proteas skipper averages 129 against Indian spinners as against rest of the team’s average of 25.78.

It is Indian seamers who need to back the spin department. Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel have led the South African attack and troubled Indian batsmen with their pace and bounce. Morkel, who has a leg injury, is however doubtful for Sunday’s final. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and company need to perform better than they have done so far in the series. Indian pacers have just taken one wicket with the new ball in the ODI series so far.

The toss is going to be important and the team winning it is expected to bat first.  Both India and South Africa have faltered in chasing totals in the series.

It is a clash between the two batting heavyweights and with India not having lost a home series to South Africa yet and with the exuberant Mumbai crowd behind them, it is advantage Team India.

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India defeat South Africa by 35 runs after Virat Kohli scores 138

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Virat Kohli century

India defeated South Africa by 35 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai to level the One Day International (ODI) series 2-2. Virat Kohli delivered the match winning performance he is known for at a time when Team India needed it most. It was a must win game for the Men in Blue if they had to stay in the series and Virat’s magnificent 138 helped India put a formidable total of 299 for 8 on a slow pitch that seemed to assist bowlers.

Kohli’s ton and partnerships

Kohli got good support from Ajinkya Rahane (45) and Suresh Raina (53) after India lost both its openers early (India were 35 for 2 at one stage). It resulted in two crucial partnerships between Kohli and Rahane (104 runs) and Kohli and Raina (127 runs). India were headed for an even bigger total in excess of 300 but were squeezed towards the end as South African seamers claimed 4 for 29 in the final five overs.

South Africa chase

AB de Villiers led South Africa’s chase and scored a century but Indian spinners made sure that the visitors remained short of their target of 300 runs. In the end, India won the match by 35 runs setting the stage for the decider at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on October 25.

India’s spin troika of Harbhajan Singh (2 for 50), Axar Patel (1 for 40) and Amit Mishra (1 for 55) used the slow conditions to their benefit. Pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 3 wickets including the crucial one of SA skipper AB de Villiers.

AB de Villiers innings

The Proteas captain was in no mood to give in as he hit the ball all round the wicket playing some innovative reverse sweep shots. His 112 came of just 107 balls with 10 boundaries and 2 sixes laced to it. It was only after de Villiers fell while playing a flat batted shot that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team could heave a sigh of relief.

India’s batting order

The match also settled doubts, if any, about the Indian batting order especially the No 3 and No 5 positions.  This time Dhoni did not promote himself above struggling Suresh Raina who scored back to back ducks in the last two matches. This gave the southpaw time at the crease and he delivered with a half century. Kohli too showed that he is most comfortable when batting at his usual Number 3 position.

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RCB crush RR by 71 runs, to play CSK in IPL ‘semi-final’ #RCBvsRR

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RCB beat RR

PUNE: Royal Challengers Bangalore crushed Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator game of the Indian Premier League here on Wednesday night setting up a clash with Chennai Super Kings for a place in the finals. RCB defeated RR by 71 runs and will now be playing CSK in Ranchi on May 22.

AB de Villiers and Mandeep Singh set up RCB game

Royal Challengers scored 180 runs for four wickets after skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. AB de Villiers (66 runs off 38 balls) and Mandeep Singh (54 off 34 balls) were among the star batsmen and it was their partnership of over 100 runs that hurt Rajasthan Royals the most.

Rajasthan batting faltered

Chasing 180, Rajasthan Royals never looked in control of the game. They lost wickets at regular intervals and no one except Ajhinkya Rahane offered any resistance. After Rahane’s dismissal for 42, it was only a matter of time for Royal Challengers’ bowlers to complete the formalities.

Virat praises AB, Mandeep

Speaking after the match, Virat Kohli said, “After seven overs, I honestly thought we should have bowled first.” The skipper was all praise for de Villiers and Mandeep Singh. “We all know AB is the best batsman in the world.  Commendable effort from Mandeep and we literally pulled him out of Kings XI,” Kohli said.

The clash between RCB and CSK will be a virtual semi-final as the winning team will lock horns with Mumbai Indians for the IPL 2015 trophy.

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South Africa thrash lackluster India by 141 runs in first ODI

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India Vs South Africa

JOHANNESBURG: Having won consecutive cricket series at home and earned the World No 1 ranking in ODIs, Team India may have least expected the hammering they received at the hands of South Africa in the first One-Day International in Jonnesburg on Thursday. The Men in Blue were not  only completely outplayed in all three departments by the hosts but were also shown what awaits them in the next three and half weeks in South Africa. India lost the ODI by 141 runs and were outplayed in all the three departments of the game – batting, bowling and fielding.

MS Dhoni summed up the performance as bad at the post match press conference. But the match actually betrayed a lacklustre Indian side vulnerable to pace and bounce.

South Africa taught their Indian counterparts plenty of lessons. While their batsmen made full use of the inexperienced Indian attack, posting a mammoth 358 for 4 in 50 overs, their bowlers displayed fine skills of swing bowling, defeating the Indian batsmen’s bat on numerous occasions.

Hosts South Africa produced a clinical all-round performance as they crushed India by 141 runs runs in the first one day international taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

This is the second biggest margin of victory by the South Africans against India in the ODIs played between the two teams.

After hammering the Indian bowlers into submission with a massive score of 358 for four, the five-pronged South African pace attack came out all guns blazing to bowl out the visitors for 217 in 41 overs. It was thorough professional performance by South Africa as Indians were outplayed in all departments.

 

Here’s the scorecard:


South Africa innings 
(50 overs maximum)

R

M

B

4s

6s

SR

HM Amla b Mohammed Shami

65

117

88

5

1

73.86

Q de Kock c & b Kohli

135

171

121

18

3

111.57

JH Kallis c Jadeja b Mohammed Shami

10

16

14

2

0

71.42

AB de Villiers* b Mohammed Shami

77

71

47

6

4

163.82

JP Duminy not out

59

37

29

2

5

203.44

DA Miller not out

5

3

2

1

0

250.00

Extras (lb 2, w 4, nb 1)

7

Total (4 wickets; 50 overs; 209 mins)

358

(7.16 runs per over)

 

Bowling

O

M

R

W

Econ

MM Sharma

10

0

82

0

8.20

(1nb)

B Kumar

9

0

68

0

7.55

(2w)

Mohammed Shami

10

1

68

3

6.80

(2w)

R Ashwin

10

0

58

0

5.80

RA Jadeja

8

0

58

0

7.25

SK Raina

1

0

7

0

7.00

V Kohli

2

0

15

1

7.50

 

India innings (target: 359 runs from 50 overs)

R

M

B

4s

6s

SR

RG Sharma run out (Miller)

18

69

43

2

0

41.86

S Dhawan c †de Kock b Morkel

12

19

13

3

0

92.30

V Kohli c Kallis b McLaren

31

41

35

5

0

88.57

Yuvraj Singh b McLaren

0

2

2

0

0

0.00

SK Raina run out (Steyn/†de Kock)

14

39

20

2

0

70.00

MS Dhoni*† b Steyn

65

125

71

8

1

91.54

RA Jadeja b Kallis

29

36

30

6

0

96.66

R Ashwin c †de Kock b McLaren

19

23

19

4

0

100.00

B Kumar c Kallis b Steyn

0

8

4

0

0

0.00

MM Sharma not out

0

23

5

0

0

0.00

Mohammed Shami c & b Steyn

0

3

4

0

0

0.00

Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 24)

29

Total (all out; 41 overs; 198 mins)

217

(5.29 runs per over)

 

 

Bowling

O

M

R

W

Econ

DW Steyn

8

3

25

3

3.12

(2w)

LL Tsotsobe

9

0

52

0

5.77

(1w)

M Morkel

8

1

29

1

3.62

R McLaren

8

0

49

3

6.12

(8w)

WD Parnell

5

0

37

0

7.40

(6w)

JH Kallis

3

0

20

1

6.66

(3w)

 

 

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