With the top two pace bowling slots going into the 2019 World Cup already grabbed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, Mumbai's Shardul Thakur made a case for himself as the third block in the jigsaw puzzle with an impressive 4 for 52 during the South African innings. Spinners Yadav 151 and Chahal 238 again bowled well. While batting, South African openers Aiden Markram 24 and Hashim Amla 10 made another sedate start. Thakur was impressive in his first spell, even though Markram took him for two boundaries to start off proceedings.
Jasprit Bumrah (2/24) kept a check on the scoring with his guile at the other end. The duo added 23 runs for the opening wicket before Amla was caught behind, pulling down leg side off a short ball from Thakur. The pacer struck for a second time within the first power-play as a clever change of pace foxed Markram completely and he simply chipped a catch to Shreyas Iyer at the cover, who caught well for a change.
While young wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal 16 wickets and Kuldeep Yadav 17 wickets created a web, Kohli added insult to the injury with his blazing blade in one of most one-sided away series that India have been a part of in the last two decades. Such has been Kohli's dominance in the series, that after his aggregate of 558 runs, the next best is Shikhar Dhawan 323, who is more than 200 runs behind his skipper.He led the side with complete authority and hardly put a foot wrong even during the dead rubber.
Skipper Virat Kohli broke a plethora of records en route his 35th century as India crushed South Africa by eight wickets to win the ODI series by a comprehensive 5-1 margin on Friday. Not only this was India's first ever series win on South African soil but also their biggest ever in terms of margin outside the sub-continent. India made short work of a paltry target of 205 by winning in only 32.1 overs with Kohli scoring an unbeaten 129 off 96 balls in another effortless chase. This was Indian captain's third hundred in the series.
Disciplined bowling and unbeaten century by skipper Virat Kohli helped India outplay South Africa by eight wickets in the sixth and final One-day International ODI at the Supersport Park.After a disciplined performance by the bowlers which helped India restrict South Africa to a modest 204, Kohli 129 in 96 balls, who slammed his 35th ODI ton, anchored the innings perfectly and helped his team to wrap up the six match series 5-1.