Team India created history on Tuesday (February 13) by defeating South Africa in the fifth ODI. The Men in Blue thrashed the hosts by 73 runs to win the six-match series with a game in hand.
The win helped India to register their first-ever bilateral series win in the Rainbow Nation. On the previous tours, India had lost 5-2 in 1992-93, 4-0 in 2006-07, 3-2 in 2010-11, and 2-0 in 2013-14 respectively.
Kohli and his men came up with another clinical performance in the fifth game. After scoring 274 for seven, India bowled out the hosts for just 201 runs – to register an impressive win.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma provided India with a good start. The duo added 48 runs, before Dhawan fell to Kagiso Rabada. Rohit and Kohli then shared a 105-run stand for the second wicket to lay the platform for a good total.
However, India failed to capitalise on the opportunity as middle-order struggled against hosts bowling line-up.
The tourists kept on losing wickets at regular intervals which stopped them from finishing the innings strongly. Rohit Sharma scored a fine 115 which helped India post a challenging 274 in the allotted 50 overs.
The bowlers then did a fine job to bowl out the hosts for just 201 inside 43 overs. Kuldeep Yadav starred with the ball, picking up 4 while Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya picked up two apiece.
Now that the series is decided, the upcoming sixth game will be inconsequential. However, the players from both the sides will have an opportunity to achieve some big feats.
So here we are taking a look at the record that can be made in the next ODI:
Dhoni 33 runs short of completing 10,000 runs in ODIs:
MS Dhoni will have the chance of becoming just the third Indian batsman to reach the 10,000-run mark in the 50-over format. The former India skipper needs a mere 33 runs to achieve the incredible feat. In 317 games so far, Dhoni has amassed 9967 runs.
Another record awaits Virat Kohli:
A run-out in the fifth ODI cut shot Kohli’s stay on the crease. The India skipper scored 36. But with form on his side, Kohli can add yet another feather to his cap if he manages to score a century in the next game. Another ton will help Kohli go level with AB de Villiers who had scored 13 centuries as an ODI captain.
Kohli’s ton in the third ODI had already helped him go past Sourav Ganguly and become the India skipper with most centuries. Kohli has so far scored 12 centuries as captain in the 50-over format. Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting leads the list with 22 centuries.
Rahane on the brink of completing 3,000 ODI runs:
The upcoming game will provide Ajinkya Rahane with an opportunity to become the 20th Indian player to cross the 3,000-run mark in ODIs. The right-handed batsman has so far scored 2928 runs in 88 ODIs and needs 72 more to achieve the feat.
Bhuvneshwar set for century club:
If Bhuvneshwar Kumar manages to get all the ten wickets in the upcoming game, he will complete 100 ODI wickets.
AB de Villiers set to eclipse Adam Gilchrist’s record:
If the former South Africa skipper manages to score 72 more runs, he will overtake Adam Gilchrist in the list of most ODI runs. De Villiers has so far scored 9547 runs.