"It's a wonderful feeling to have created some history," said Indian captain Virat Kohli, who praised what he described as a "complete performance" by his team. "The guys really got stuck in, with the bat and the ball and in the field as well." South Africa's chances of overhauling India's 274 for seven plummeted when they lost their first three wickets inside the first 13 overs. Hardik Pandya struck crucial blows by dismissing JP Duminy and AB de Villiers.
India seal the series win! Kuldeep Yadav cleans up South Africa's lower to secure a 73 run victory in Port Elizabeth and take a 4-1 lead with one match to play! It's India's first ODI series win in South Africa!#SAvIND scorecard ➡️ https://t.co/BYzPafrycQ pic.twitter.com/FyV0tjHHPE— ICC (@ICC) February 13, 2018
Sharma's 17th one-day international century ended a run of low scores in South Africa. In 19 previous innings across both Tests and one-day internationals, his previous highest score was 47 and he had scored only 249 runs at an average of 13.11. He said he had ensured that he stayed in a good frame of mind despite not making big scores. "I have been enjoying South Africa. It's a good place to play cricket. I knew I didn't have to change a lot and the runs would come," he said.
VIDEO: In a kind of firsts, Man of the moment - @ImRo45 did a quick selfie interview for https://t.co/Z3MPyeKtDz with captain @imVkohli post India's first series win in South Africa. Listen in to what the duo had to say about the historical moment.https://t.co/UE7ofNQMid#SAvIND pic.twitter.com/TY2Ik1Tmha— BCCI (@BCCI) February 14, 2018