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Kuldeep Yadav of India and MS Dhoni of India

Kuldeep Yadav of India and MS Dhoni of India

The Men in Blue on Tuesday wrapped up the fifth One Day International (ODI) of the six-match series against South Africa as they defeated the hosts by 73 runs to register their first bilateral series win in the Rainbow Nation.

Sharma's 17 ODI hundred came at the expense of a couple of run-outs - both top-order batsmen Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, in 26 and 37 over of the innings, respectively.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's style of wicketkeeping has never been purely classical but it has worked wonderfully well for him, feels India's fielding coach R Sridhar.

They certainly do deserve that lofty status for the visitors were simply streets ahead of the Proteas in this series. "The rest of guys put in the runs in the last few games and it was my day today", he said. Every since the third Test in Johannesburg it's been a good time for us.

Former and current India players heaped praise on the Indian team as Twitter was flooded with congratulatory messages with Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar leading the way. "So all credit to them (the Indian spinners), and we'll look to improve our skills against quality wrist spin", he added.

"For now, 4-1 feels fantastic". "We want to win 5-1 for sure, that doesn't change, but there'll be a chance for others to step in as well. But the ultimate priority is to win and we'll do anything we can to win".

India's first one-day worldwide series victory in South Africa has laid a strong platform for a successful 2019 Cricket World Cup campaign, captain Virat Kohli said.

"Two guys got run out before me so there was nothing to celebrate about".

Equally well complimented bowling department, led by the wrist spinning pair of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have been hard to be picked up by South Africa throughout the series, will continue to be the lethal weapons for India. Ngidi would later get MS Dhoni and Shreyas Iyer too.

The last match of the ODI series is on Friday in Pretoria.

India's series win was built on two key areas. Kohli has surpassed that without breaking a bead of sweat and looks set to double his tally in the remaining three games.

After losing the toss, team India batted first, after an excellent start, could finally score 274 runs for seven wickets.

Virat Kohli during the post-match press conference at Port Elizabeth.

Rohit eventually fell to Lundi Ngidi (4-51), who had Hardik Pandya for a duck next ball, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19 off 20) helped push India to a total that proved well beyond South Africa. They were the stars of India's bowling.

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