Video of Rohit Sharma 150 Runs : 13 Fours 6 Sixes : India vs South Africa

India vs South Africa, 1st ODI, Kanpur, Oct 11 2015

Match Result : South Africa won by 5 runs

Player of the Match : AB de Villiers

Match Report : The Green Park ground in Kanpur saw its two highest ODI totals scored on the same day in a match that seemed to be a mirror image of itself until India cracked under pressure. Kagiso Rabada defended 11 off the last over, in which he dismissed India captain, MS Dhoni, and derailed an Indian chase that was on track until the start of the 47th over.

Then, Rohit Sharma, who had racked up 150 – the third-highest score of his ODI career – was sapped of energy and handed a return catch to Imran Tahir. The South Africa legspinner had not had much of an impact on the innings until that point but went on to dismiss Suresh Raina in the same over to change India’s task from a relatively easy 35 runs off 24 balls with seven wickets in hand to a more challenging 31 runs from 18 balls with five wickets in hand.
Rabada’s second-last over gave nine runs and Steyn’s final over 11, to leave the 20-year-old fast bowler with only 11 to defend at the end. Far from being overwhelmed by the occasion or the opposition, Rabada kept his cool, banged in the short ball and watched both Dhoni and Stuart Binny mistime their pull shots. Rabada completed the catch to dismiss Dhoni, and ensure South Africa found a bowling hero after AB de Villiers had spearheaded their effort with the bat.

MS Dhoni | India captain: “The outcome was not great for us, there were plenty that went wrong, but we showed character to get close. Frankly we should have won this game … We missed Ash’s six overs that was crucial because he was our best spinner …

until that point the plan was working beautifully but I had to get more overs from Binny and Raina. In the end I thought out bowlers should have done a bit better … I thought the partnership between Rohit and Rahane was superb to keep it ticking …”

Dhoni on his innings: “It was a bit difficult, it was not coming at a good height so it becomes difficult on such a wicket, it was a bit two paced once the ball gets scuffed. A lot depends on the execution part, it’s not only about the boundaries you have to keep the score ticking …”

Kagiso Rabada: “I think I owed that to the team because I dropped Rohit on the boundary. That could have turned out badly. I was feeling a bit of nerves because you have MS Dhoni on the other side, I’ve been watching him since I was a kid and seen how destructive he is. I’m happy I pulled through today. I wasn’t thinking about the hat-trick, there were a lot of things in my mind.”

AB de Villiers | Man of the Match : “I thought it was an amazing game of cricket, close games like that bring the fans in. There were lots of times when the momentum turned, I thought Tahir’s over turned the game on its head, we were out of it then. Rabada proved to be a handful and he’s got a bright future … We just want to go an rest and then move on to the next game.” AB looks quite knackered!

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