Kohli eyes World Cup glory after conquering South Africa

Virat Kohli

A 73 run win, at a venue where India had never won, and convincing lead in the top ODI rank only made things much, much sweeter.

At St George's Park, Ngidi was single-handedly responsible for halting India's charge to 300 and more. He is one of those players who can convert a start into a big innings, and this was a crucial one as India needed someone in the top order to stand up. While a game like this may not provide instant solutions, it could at least offer a sense of direction. This ought to cripple the team when they move to truer batting conditions. They have bowled well and it seems we took the first three games to adjust to them. South Africa lost 5th ODI against India yesterday. The squad is injury-hit, disjointed, and out of form.

Heinrich, who won the match in South Africa with Miller in the previous match, was also running from one end.

The temperature in Centurion is expected to be around 27 degree Celsius. With a tough decision to make, the third umpire flashed OUT on the big screen to create a hush inside the stadium and extinguish South Africa's hopes. If you look at the entire ODI series, it was a dominant performance for us. But that was a day game. "It might be an area to tone it down a little bit". By playing five ODIs against South Africa in recent time, Virat Kohli already achieved two centuries there. I spoke to him and asked 'wouldn't you like it if the rest of your Test career was played on surfaces like this?

He was shaky at times but the customary elegance was there to be seen as he stepped out to hit Kagiso Rabada over long on for a six.

Incoming batsman Shreyas Iyer (30) played a steady innings to keep the flow of runs going.

No Indian men's side since its first tour in South Africa back in 1992, has ever won a series across any format. If he scores one more, he will be the joint- 5th-most prolific century-maker in worldwide cricket behind Tendulkar (100), Ponting (71), Sangakkara (63) & Kallis (62): he will join Kohli on 55 global centuries.

Talking about the game, Proteas coach Otis Gibson praised his bowlers but mentioned his disappointment with the team's batting. Clive Loyd, Hansie Cronje and Ricky Ponting also had 37 wins under their belt after 48 matches at the helm. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal scalped 4 and 2 wickets respectively. The current record is held by Javagal Srinath and Amit Mishra, both having taken 18 scalps each. He further said, "Looking back I think it was the right decision, I'm not going to second-guess myself".

"There are always positives and learnings to take from it", he said of the losses". Jadhav played in the first three matches but scored one run (though he didn't get to bat in the first two matches). For now, 4-1 feels great. We want to win 5-1 for sure, but there might a scenario for a few more guys to get a chance in the next match. "With four bowlers, we needed our best six or seven batsmen to bat the bulk of overs and they were not able to do that tonight", he said.

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