Kohli stars as India outplay South Africa in sixth ODI
Centurion, Feb 16 - 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 here on Friday.
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.
After Indian openers were sent back to the pavilion inside 15 overs, Kohli along with middle-order batsmen Ajinkya Rahane (34 not out) forged a 126-run partnership for the third wicket to hand a comfortable victory.
Rohit Sharma (15) and Shikhar Dhawan (18) started the proceeding on a steady note but in the fourth over, pacer Lungi Ngidi dismissed the former with wicket-keeper Heinrich Klaasen taking a brilliant catch to make it 19/1.
Dhawan and incoming batsmen Kohli, then played sensibly and forged a crucial 61-run partnership for the second wicket. But just when things seemed good in the middle for the visitors, Ngidi once again came into the picture and provided a much-needed breakthrough.