• Twitter Reactions: India fall apart after Rohit Sharma’s ton in Port Elizabeth

    Rohit Sharma top scored in the innings with 115 to his name.

    Rohit Sharma celebrates his century
    Rohit Sharma celebrates his century. (Photo Source: Twitter)

    Team India suffered a shock defeat in the Pink ODI at Johannesburg. The way their spinners had performed in the first three ODIs, they never expected the South African batters to take counter-charge against them. But the Proteas did so, and notched up their first win in the series to keep the proceedings alive. With this backdrop, the action moved to Port Elizabeth.

    The venue was the least favored one for the Indian side as they had lost all their previous five games there, including one defeat against Kenya in 2001. In the match, it was South Africa who won the toss and opted to field first. Perhaps, they wanted to repeat their plans from the Jo’burg game. Shikhar Dhawan got off to a flying start with a quick 34 to his name laced with 8 boundaries.

    Kagiso Rabada accounted for his dismissal and had a fiery send off for him. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma then joined hands at the crease. Both batsmen took their time to settle in. Just when Kohli had starting getting along with the pace of the track, he was run out following a miscommunication with Rohit Sharma. Shreyas Iyer then joined Rohit at the crease.

    Meanwhile, Rohit paraded along to score his first century on the tour and his second against South Africa in ODIs. Team India had a firm base to launch at the end of 40 overs. However, a double wicket maiden in the 43rd over by Lungi Ngidi saw Rohit Sharma (115) and Hardik Pandya (Golden Duck) walk back to the pavilion. In his next over, Ngidi dismissed Shreyas Iyer on 30. From 236/3 to 238/6, the transition was not very fruitful for the Indian team.

    A little too much was required to do for MS Dhoni and the tail enders. Dhoni’s poor show on the tour continued as he could only muster 13 runs. Bhuvneshwar tried his best towards the end but his unbeaten 19 off 20 deliveries could only take India to 274/7 in their stipulated 50 overs. Lungi Ngidi finished with figures of 4/51 to be the pick of the South African bowlers.

    Here is how the fans reacted to India’s innings in Port Elizabeth:

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