India played their 5th One Day International at Port Elizabeth and won the match by 73 runs. In the process, Kohli and his team made history by winning the ODI series for the first time in South Africa in tours spanning almost three decades. India first toured South Africa in 1992 under the captaincy of Mohammed Azzaruddin but lost the test and ODI series.

In subsequent tours, the Proteas were always comfortable winners. Fox news sports channel has reported that by winning the Port Elizabeth ODI and taking a 4-1 lead in the six-match series India under the captain Virat Kohli have created history.

The match

The Port Elizabeth ODI was crucial for South Africa.

A win here would have kept their hopes alive of squaring the series, as after three consecutive defeats( they had won the 4th ODI at Johannesburg) a win here was crucial. Eddie Markham, their captain, won the toss and like in the last match invited India to bat. He must have been looking for an encore here.

The decision to give India first use of a wicket which was likely to get slower as the day progressed was not the right decision. South Africa was lucky as they could get two Indian top batsmen including the run machine Kohli run out. Kohli made his lowest score in the series, making just 36.

The Indian batting was bolstered by the return to form of Rohit Sharma. He had done precious little in the series so far, but this time, he played a capital knock of 115 and saw India, despite a late batting collapse reach 274.

South Africa began their reply with a steady start as the skipper Markham and Hashim Amla; the bearded Muslim gave a solid start. But once the skipper left the South African batting caved in.

Hashim Amla stood firm with a score of 71, but the failure of De Villiers ensured that South Africa would never overhaul the Indian score.Once again the India wrist spinners Chahal and Yadav bowled well and mesmerized the South African batsmen. Kuldeep Yadav took three wickets in one over, and the match was almost over, bar the shouting.

Historic win

The Times of India ( sports section) has reported that this was a historic win as India has never won a series in South Africa. At the end of the match, Kohli emphasized this point when he took the award as the winning captain.

The man of the match award went to Rohit Sharma for his century that set South Africa a total they could not reach.In hindsight, the failure of the South African batsmen to come to terms with the two Indian wrist spinners spelled their downfall. One more match is still to be played, but it will be of academic interest as the series is over with India worthy winners.