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Record-Breaker Kohli Leads India To Another Easy Win Over South Africa

Captain Virat Kohli set a new batting record as he put on another masterclass with an unbeaten century against hosts South Africa on Friday to secure an easy eight-wicket victory and win the one-day international series 5-1.

India strode to a comfortable win at Centurion as they reached their victory target with 107 balls to spare after putting South Africa into bat and bowling them out for 204. India, who have taken over from South Africa as the world’s top-ranked ODI team, were 206 for two wickets in reply in another dominant performance with captain Kohli again leading from the front.

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He scored 129 not out to set a new record for the most runs in a six-match ODI series. Kohli reached his 35th ODI ton in just 82 balls, was dropped on 103 and finished the six-matches with a total of 558 runs at an average of 198, easily eclipsing the previous mark of 491 runs achieved by team mate Rohit Sharma against Australia in the 2013-14 season.

South Africa had been hoping for a consolation win at the end of the series, but were again in trouble early in their innings as talisman AB de Villiers (30 runs) struggled once more with the bat and wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals. Khaya Zondo, in only his third ODI, top scored with 54 as Shardul Thakur took 4-52.

Kohli finished on 129 not out as India reached their target in the 33rd over after South Africa had been dismissed for just 204.

Scores in brief:

South Africa 204 in 50 overs (K. Zondo 54; S Thakur 4-52)

India 206-2 in 32.1 overs (V. Kohli 129 not out)

Result: India won by eight wickets.

Series: India won the six-match series 5-1

Toss: India

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Written by PH

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