South Africa wins toss, opts to bowl against India


But I knew that if we could get 270-280, it will be hard for them because we knew the wicket is very slow and anything could happen as our wrist spinners are bowling very well and they have troubled their batsmen a lot. Leading 3-1 going into the fifth game, this is indeed Kohli and boys' best opportunity to rewrite history. Right from the third Test in Johannesburg, it has been a great time for us.

Meanwhile, India have gone unchanged for this match. After this series is wrapped up we'll sit down and think about where to improve.

"For now, 4-1 feels unbelievable". We want to win 5-1, for sure, but there might be a scenario for a few more guys to get a chance in the next match.

Asked about Kohli's aggressive brand of leadership, the former South African skipper said, "I am not saying aggression is what he is offering, but it's more the attitude that I can back myself, win the battle and come out on top".

India's win was set up by 115 from opener Rohit Sharma - his first significant score of the tour - and sealed by wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, the standout bowlers in the series and constant thorns in the side of the South African batsmen. I knew I didn't have to change a lot and the runs would come.

Score, South Africa 201 all out from 42.2 overs, Lungi Ngidi 4*; Hardik Pandya 2/30, Kuldeep Yadav 4/57. The visitors' batsmen have taken responsibility throughout with captain Virat Kohli striking two centuries and opener Shikhar Dhawan also reaching three figures. He added a crucial 60 runs for the fourth wicket with Shreyas Iyer (30, 37b, 2×4).

Potchefstroom: The ODI series triumph was offset slightly by a loss in the closing match but that would hardly dent the Indian women's cricket team's confidence as it heads into a five-game Twenty20 rubber against South Africa, starting here on Tuesday.

Earlier, put in to bat, India made 274 for seven in their 50 overs.

There is worry though in the form of the middle order, given that the batting has been too reliant on Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan in this series.

For Kohli, this is a significant milestone in his three and half years at the helm as this is also his first series win against a top nation on their soil. A promotion for the seam-bowling allrounder could turn out to be one of India's most purposeful punts, particularly after she hammered 31 off 16 balls in the third ODI.

In response, Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla got off to a good start scoring 52 for the first wicket before Markram departed for 32 off the bowling of Bumrah.