LIVE India v/s South Africa 5th ODI Commentary: Rahane, Dhawan try to keep India in the game

South Africa have finished on a huge, huge 438/4 off their fifty overs. 3 batsmen scored centuries and AB de Villiers dealt in sixes, with 119 off 61 balls. Bhuvneshwar Kumar also scored a century – with the ball. A near-impossible task for India now. SA on the verge of their first ever ODI series win in India.

Welcome to the LIVE coverage of the India v/s South Africa 5th ODI of the Freedom Series beginning at 1.30 pm IST in Mumbai.

So it has boiled down to the final ODI with both the teams winning one match apiece. Virat Kohli led India’s comeback by scoring a match-winning ton in the last ODI at Chennai and the hosts are looking to avoid the first series defeat against the Proteas in the fifty over format in India. This is the match preview.

Toss is going to be an important factor as it has been in the whole tournament with the team winning it having won all the matches. The pitch is expected to provide pace and bounce and that will be a delight to the Proteas bowlers.

Indians will be again banking on their spinners and would aim to frustrate their counterparts. AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli are expected to play crucial roles in their respective teams’ fortunes.

The only thing that is in favour of the Indians is that they have pulled off victories in important matches far many times than the Africans who have a habit of choking, so it will be delight for the fans all around the world.

19:19 PM
Over 20

Dhawan advances to Tahir, then plays the ball to mid off for one.

Mistimed slog sweep from Rahane, the ball falls in no man’s land, and the fielder running out from deep midwicket palms the ball inside the fence before going over. After many replays, the third umpire says it’s just two runs. Great fielding.

Down the track comes Rahane again, cheated in the flight, ball dropped wide and Rahane hits uneasily to point.

Hard sweep, connects but finds fine leg. One run.

FOUR. Full way outside off, big backlift from Dhawan, sweeps hard and well, square leg fence finds the ball.

Single off the last ball, 9 off the over, India 128/2 after 20 overs.

19:16 PM
Over 19

FOUR. Pitched on leg and full, Dhawan plays the pick up shot over backward square leg for four.

Hit to short third man, Rahane calls for the run, they manage it, and Dhawan has got 50 for the first time in the series.

Rahane thinks of a big shot with the big backlift, but then drives it to long off for one.

Sharp single from Dhawan, India 119/2 after 19 overs.

19:12 PM
Over 18

SIX! Down the track comes Rahane, ball pitches outside leg and Rahane plays with the turn, over long on for six.

Tahir deceives Rahane in the flight, ball turns into him and hits pad. Big appeal, ball was missing leg though. Rahane is distracted by the appeal, fumbles during the run, then has to dive to make it.

India 112/2 after 18 overs.

19:06 PM
Over 17

FOUR. Dhawan reverse sweeps Behardien for four. It was the slower ball.

Rahane takes a single by driving uppishly to long off. India 104/2 after 17 overs.

19:02 PM
Over 16

Imran Tahir comes in for his first over.

Three runs off the first three balls. Manjrekar and Kumble are discussing if Zaheer Khan, who is in the stands, is a good-looking man. Graeme Smith asks if he is engaged or married.

Dhawan pulls the last ball hard, but deep midwicket gets there. It’s time for drinks. India 96/2 after 16 overs.

18:58 PM
Over 15

Behardien continues.

Ajinkya goes for a hard sweep and misses, loses his bat. The bats lands up next to the square leg umpire.

FOUR. Great shot by Dhawan. Just full outside off, Dhawan turns his wrist ever so slightly, opens the face of the bat and slices the ball between gully and slip for four.

Single off the last ball. 8 off the over, 90/2 after 15.

18:54 PM
Over 14

DROPPED. David Miller drops it again. Dhawan slashes the ball at gully, not the best timing but Miller drops a near-sitter.

FOUR. Rahane goes Tendulkar style, smacked on the up, past mid on for four.

FOUR. Beautiful straight drive, Sachin would have been proud. Great technique and timing.

Has a go at a widish one outside off, without moving his feet. Misses. Crowd is chanting ‘Ajinkya’.

Single to point and the crowd boos as Dhawan comes on strike!

11 off the over, India 82/2 after 14.

18:49 PM
Over 13

The crowd trying to cheer themselves up through some verbal games it seems.

Full toss on leg, Rahane tries to flick it in front of square, gets an edge and the ball flies to long leg, who fails to get under it. Dives but the ball drops in front.

Rahane hits to the covers, sets off for a run, dives as he makes his ground, full length. Great stop, great throw and hits the stumps. Looked out, but the third umpire shows it is not. Rahane has got home.

The crowd is chanting ‘Sachin, Sachin’ as Dhawan continues to tap around.

India 71/2 after 13 overs.

18:45 PM
Over 12

Rahane has a hit at a ball slighter shorter than full, but hits straight to mid on.

FOUR. Precarious pull by Rahane, drops just beside midwicket. Gets it past him though, and a four.

Now he tries a cute cut and misses.

FOUR. Beautiful flick by Rahane, good length, slightly short, Rahane pulls it with soft hands behind square for four.

India 66/2 after 12 overs.

18:41 PM
Over 11

Farhaan Behardien is the new bowler.

Some accumulative batting by India now, but it looks like a losing struggle.

Quick single to short mid wicket and Rahane is hit by the throw.

Single off the last ball, India 57/2 after 11 overs.

18:32 PM
Over 10

Rahane is not a naturally aggressive player. Dhoni and Raina are out of form. So is Dhawan. Bleak times for India.

Dhawan is beaten all ends up by a searing straight, fast ball from Steyn.

Tries to create space for a drive, but the length is very straight. Straight to short cover.

Rahane runs a quick single, fielder throws and hits the stumps but Rahane is safe.

End of the over, India 51/2 after 10 overs.

18:26 PM
Over 8

SIX. What a SIX. Good length on middle, just a little short, Kohli has swivelled around magnificently and pulled it over long leg. A beautiful shot.

Anushka Sharma is delighted.

OUT! Wide outside off, Kohli goes hard at it with no feet, and Quinton de Kock takes a stunning diving catch. The crowd has gone dead silent. India 44/2.

Rahane is the new batsman. Snooze time.

One off the last ball, India 45/2 after 8 overs.

18:22 PM
Over 7

Dhawan gets a leg bye and the crowd cheer.

Virat Kohli gets off the mark after ducking a searing bouncer the first ball.

FOUR. Great shot by Dhawan, on the backfoot, slight width and good length. Dhawan opens the face of the bat and flicks it between cover point and point for four.

FOUR. Short this time, pulled, Dhawan doesn’t time it really well, but still enough to beat the infield to the fence.

India 37/1 after 7 overs.

18:13 PM
Over 5

Dhawan pulls to deep midwicket for one, looks for 2 and Sharma refuses again.

Again outside leg, Rohit has a go with a huge swing, ball hits pad and keeper de Kock takes it. Appeal not given.

OUT! Rohit Sharma is gone. This is the pressure of scoring 439. Cross seam, length, Sharma charges, tries to go over long off, gets a thick edge. Ball ends up in the hands of third man.

Virat Kohli is the new batsman.

India 22/1 after 5 overs.

Over 6

Searing bouncer from Rabada, takes off from a length, Dhawan plays it well, shaping away and holding his bat down.

FOUR. Needless attempt at a yorker from Rabada now. Free shot for Dhawan, puts it away to the midwicket fence.

Single off the last ball, India 27/1 after 6 overs.

18:08 PM
Over 4

Driven down the ground by Dhawan, cannot get it well past mid off, one run.

FOUR. Brilliant shot. Full but only marginally outside off, Rohit forces the ball between mid off and cover, but the ball just careened to the fence.

Did he edge it? Yes. He edged the ball outside leg and the keeper dropped it.

Ah. Dhawan went for the non existent single, was sent back, only the inaccurate throw saved him.

India 21/0 after 4 overs.

18:04 PM
Over 3

2 runs off 4 balls off this over so far.

On drive by Rohit for two. 4 off the over. 16/0 after 3 overs.

17:55 PM
India Innings

Over 1

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan walk out to bat.

Dale Steyn with the new ball. This won’t be easy.

Chants of India. The crowd is trying to get something here.

First ball driven crisply by Sharma to cover.

Leaves the second ball. India need 8.8 RPO at the start.

Drives again, finds point this time.

Big shout for LBW as the ball hits Sharma on the pad. But turned down by Dharmasena. Ball was going down leg.

FOUR. This time he gets the drive right, and beats cover and mid off.

It was the slower ball.

FOUR. On the pads this time, flicked away for four. India 8/0 after 1 over.