Sharma ton helps India secure ODI series victory

Indian batsman and Captain Virat Kohli leaves the field

A general view of St George's Park at Port Elizabeth on the eve of the fifth ODI between India and South Africa yesterday.

If India win today, the men in blue will register their first series victory on South African soil.

As India registered a historic win, here's how Twitter reacted.

And despite, Klaasen's late assault, India managed to wrap the innings with relative ease and registered their ninth consecutive bilateral series win in ODIs.

"He knows how to make hundreds in one-day worldwide cricket but he's not been allowed to either by the way they've bowled or the sort of lack of confidence in our batting or the way that we have played". It's history and the guys have worked hard for it. Right from the third Test in Johannesburg, it has been a great time for us. "It's been a collective effort to create history", an ecstatic Kohli said after the match.

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The visitors now have an unassailable 4-1 lead, and will look to drive home their superiority with another victory at SuperSport Park, which will ensure that Virat Kohli's side maintain the No 1 ICC ODI ranking.

Meanwhile, Aiden Markram, the stand-in skipper in the absence of injured regular South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis, said, 'Pretty clear on what we want to do. A relaxed Rohit, a contrast in that regard to how India play their cricket and speak in the media, could sit back and be self-deprecating: "Yaar [friend], before that two guys had got run out in front of me, so what was there to celebrate?" But elsewhere, most things remained the same. On the private score of the most important batsman of the host team Abraham De Villiers 6, Pandya's ball was caught behind Dhoni's hand in the back of the wicket.

2 overs One can't ignore Hardik Pandya's contribution as his all-ropund skill sets came into good effect getting 2 for 30 with seamers and then a run-out with a direct throw off in-form Hashim Amla (71), which decisively swung the match in India's favour. Amla and David Miller then resurrected the South African run chase by adding 62 for the fourth wicket. Heinrich Klaasen (39) provided brief support but they soon lost momentum when Amla was run out brilliantly by Pandya.

South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl first. In Port Elizabeth, it came down to millimetres again on a stumping decision.

As the middle-order struggled to lift the scoring rate despite being given the flawless platform, one could not help but wonder how valuable a quick-fire 30 or 40 from Raina would have been in that instance.

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