Kohli, Yusuf shine with bat in India-SA ODI series

Centurion, Jan 24 (PTI) Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathanturned out to be the star for India in the batting departmentwhile off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was the most economicalbowler for the visitors in the five-match ODI series againstSouth Africa which they lost 2-3.

In the absence of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag andGautam Gambhir, young Kohli and Pathan put up impressiveperformances with the bat in hostile South African conditionseven as the likes of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, YuvrajSingh, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina found the going tough.

Kohli emerged as the highest run-scorer for India with193 runs in the series at an an average of 48.25.

He scored two fluent half centuries with an unbeaten 87in the fourth ODI being his highest score.

Pathan, on the hand, made full use of his long handle inthe three matches that he played, accumulating 166 runs tofinish as the second highest run-getter for India.

Pathan''s 70-ball 105-run knock in the fifth ODI here lastnight, was also India''s lone century in the series.

Apart from that he also scored a fifty and has got thebest average (55.33) and best strike rate (134.95) amongIndians in the series.

Pathiv Patel, who came in as replacement for an injuredTendulkar for the last two ODIs, holds the third best battingaverage (24.50).

With 111 runs from five innings, Raina is the thirdhighest scorer for India but the left-hander is behind Pathivin the average list (22.20) as he failed to convert his startsto big scores.

Yuvraj (18.20) and Dhoni (15.00) had a forgettable seriesas they scored a total of 91 and 75 runs respectively in theirfive innings.

Rohit Sharma had the worst batting figures for thevisitors as opening the batting he could manage only 49 runsfrom the five matches at an average 9.80. .

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