Durban, Jan 12 (Agencies):The man in fire AB Devillers gone for massive 76 as Indian veteran Rohit Sharma made no mistake scalping the furious batman and gave a wonderful breakthrough to his team.

Earlier, South African duo AB de Villiers and J P Duminy’s unbeaten half centuries took their team to a sturdy score of 180 in just 31 overs after stumbling of top order.

Prior to this, Munaf Patel’s double jolt in the form of furious Hashim Amla (50) and Colin Ingram (7) put the host on the back foot as they struggling on futile 87/3.

Amla made an incredible half century with the help of 8 massive fours in just 36 deliveries.  

Prior to this, Indian speedster Ashish Nehra gave a successful start to Indians as he sent South African skipper Graeme Smith for ghastly 11 and Rohit Sharma made no mistake while taking his catch.

Pitch report suggests that the strip will have good amount of bounce but team batting second can have some concerns with dew being a decisive factor under lights.

It is the final ODI series that India and South Africa play before the World Cup starting February 19 and both the sides would look to settle their squads for the big event through these five matches.

The series is a golden opportunity for the likes of Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina to make a case for World Cup selection.

They did well for themselves and the team by guiding India to a fine 21-run win in the Twenty20 match on Sunday with valuable batting contributions.
 
The absence of biggies such as Sehwag and Gambhir now gives them an opportunity to hog the limelight in the ODIs as well but also creates the pressure of performing and performing consistently.

The series will see the return of the iconic Sachin Tendulkar to the Indian one-day fold after close to a year. The last time he played an ODI, Tendulkar became the first batsman in the history of the game’s format to strike a double hundred.

 The opposition in that historic match at Gwalior also happened to be South Africa and Graeme Smith and his men would be praying that the champion batsman does not do an encore.

For the off-colour Yuvraj Singh, it is the final chance to convince the selectors that he is the same destructive force which won India many a matches before the stunning slump of form.