Indian top-order is at the best of the form and 205 runs to win seems feathery light for the spectators in this context but Kohli stood as the star of the day with his 35th ODI century in the final match against South Africa at Centurion. As the Indians registered a 4-1 series victory against the hosts, the final one-dayer was predicted to be a cake walk and this match happened to prove the predictions true and the Captain played a key role in this, breaking some records.
India has to chase the target of 205 runs in the last ODIs. Rohit Sharma played some delightful shots before getting dismissed by Lungi Ngidi. The South Africans tried their best to dismiss Kohli earlier but the Indian captain did not yield. Kohli managed to score 28 runs off 20 balls by the end of the power play.
Kohli surpassed Kevin Petersen’s record of scoring highest runs in a bilateral series.Shikhar Dhawan got dismissed in a few overs then and Rahane fulfilled the simple task of supporting the arrogant captain who fired boundaries and sixes to a terrific level. Then, Kohli moved ahead to score his 500 runs in this series, standing as a man in the history to score that much of runs in a bilateral series.
Imran Tahir also failed to break their partnership and the Indian skipper thrashed him with three sixes. Kohli finished his 35th ODI hundred in his spell.
Earlier, team India replaced Bhuvi with Shardul Thakur. On the other hand, the South African team replaced four players, two of them being David Miller and JP Duminy. The newcomer Shardul managed to dismiss the captain Markram and Hashim Amla though he was slammed by some boundaries and sixes.
Khaya Zondo managed to give a decent answer to the spin twins Yuzwendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav and succeeded to move the scoreboard to a decent score by supporting Ab De Villiers who entered into the crease as a No.3 batsman. The team seemed to gain some pace to move the scoreboard but the visitors succeeded to apply their bowling attack to take wickets at regular intervals. Chahal managed to get De Villiers out and Heinrich Klassen, Farhan Behardien, and Chriss Morris followed him. But Zondo took the stand to battle the critical situation.
Zondo could make his first ever half-century but fell to Chahal. Zondo managed to play up to 40 overs to make a decent score for the team. Andile Phehlukwayo and Morne Morkel tried to rebuild the innings but the arrogant Indian team would chase it easily even if the target is 300 runs as their batsman restored to good form.
The South Africans managed to set a target of 204 runs and winded their innings up in 46.5 overs and the visitors beat the score. They made 206 runs in 32 overs for the loss of 2 wickets.
Khaya Zondo made 54 runs and Phehlukwayo made 34 runs while Bumrah took 2 wickets giving 24 runs and Thakur took 4 wickets giving 52 runs. From the Indian side, Kohli made unbeaten 129 runs and Ngidi took 2 wickets.