Centurion, Feb 18 (PTI), 2018: Captain Virat Kohli knocked his 35th century as India crushed South Africa by eight wickets in the sixth One-Day International in Centurion to clinch the bilateral ODI series 5-1.
The first ever bilateral series win by India on South African soil, the series saw many a cricketing records tumble. Earlier South Africa were bowled out for a meagre 204. India managed to romp home in just 32.1 overs. Captain Kohli remained unbeaten on 129, an innings studded with 19 boundaries and two sixes.
The last time South Africa lost 1-5 was back in 2001-02 season against Australia.
The series by saw Kohli becoming the fastest cricketer to complete 9500 ODI runs in just 200 innings — 17 less than AB de Villiers.
India bowled out South Africa for a meagre 204 in the sixth and final One-day international. Paceman Shardul Thakur accounted for three South African batsmen while Khaya Zondo top-scored for the hosts with his 54-run knock.
Kohli also became the first Indian batsman to score three centuries in a bilateral series.
Sachin Tendulkar, who holds the record for most number of centuries ( 49 centuries) had taken 309 innings to reach 35 centuries. Kohli got there in his 200th innings.
Kohli also became the first man to score 500 runs or more in a bilateral ODI series. The record was previously held by his team-mate Rohit Sharma, who scored 491 runs in the six-match series against Australia.