Kohli's Phenomenal Form Helps India Mask Wobbly Batting Belly

Kohli's Phenomenal Form Helps India Mask Wobbly Batting Belly

Kohli's Phenomenal Form Helps India Mask Wobbly Batting Belly

Rohit's 17th ODI hundred set up India's series-clinching win.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's style of wicketkeeping has never been purely classical but it has worked wonderfully well for him, feels India's fielding coach R Sridhar.

Commenting on his return to form after a series of poor performances, the Mumbai batsman said: "I got out in three matches only, how can you say form is bad after three matches?" (They would give a similar decision in the fielding team's favour in the second innings) Given the batsmen's form and the history in the series, the signs were ominous.

"It feels wonderful", Kohli said to interviewer Rohit in a video for bcci.tv. I think we can do a research into his style of wicketkeeping and I would like to call it The Mahi Way. We want to win 5-1, for sure, but there might be a scenario for a few more guys to get a chance in the next match. "But the ultimate priority is to win and we'll do anything we can to win", the skipper added.

But India's bowlers, who had the rougher end of the conditions in the previous ODI in Johannesburg and weren't as disciplined either, roared back to keep South Africa to just 201 all out in 42.2 overs, for a famous win.

However, Rohit continued his flow of runs and brought up his century in the 36th over after he got a lucky escape batting on 96 being dropped by Tabraiz Shamsi.

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One major thing for which this series will be remembered is the influence of India's two wristspinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.

Rohit also became the fourth highest century scorer in ODIs for India, after Sachin Tendulkar (49), Virat Kohli (34) and Sourav Ganguly (22). What happened on the night should make the team reflect on their decision at the toss, their middle order's batting, some of the bowling changes. One catch went down, Shreyas Iyer being the brilliant fielder that he is, made a great attempt. Our spinners couldn't turn the ball or grip the ball the way they did in the last three matches.

India's last 10 overs produced only 55 runs and handed South Africa a gettable target at a run rate of 5.50.

Harmanpreet's T20I captaincy record is, on the surface, hugely impressive: India's win-loss ratio of 2.250 under her easily dwarfs the figures achieved under her predecessors Raj, Jhulan Goswami and Anjum Chopra.

However, the men in blue would be hoping to end their jinx at the St. George's Park and wrap up the series before the final match of the series. Virat Kohli has been among runs throughout the ODI series. Bhuvneshwar Kumar added some crucial runs - 19 off 20 balls - to take India past the 270-run mark.

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