South Africa would come hard at India in the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth on Tuesday after breaking the 0-3 losing momentum in Pink Day ODI. India were over-confident in the Johannesburg ODI and they had to pay dearly. Shikhar Dhawan’s brilliant ton went in vain. India will look to make amends and come back strongly in the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth to win the series. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams ahead of the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.
Kohli’s form: Kohli has scored two tons and a fifty in the four ODIs so far. He has single-handedly led the team on his shoulders. In the fourth ODI after Kohli’s dismissals, India lost momentum and ended up on a below-par 289/7. Kohli, the master-chaser, would look to make amends and win a historic series for India in the fifth ODI.
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Wrist-spinners: Kuldeep Yadav and YS Chahal have been in brilliant form in the ODI series. Except for the fourth ODI where they went for 119 runs for three wickets in 11.3 overs, they had decent figures in the first three ODIs. The wet ball made the task difficult for them in the fourth ODI. However, the wrist-spinners would come hard in the fifth ODI.
Middle-order woes: Except Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, none of the Indian batsmen have shown the application and temperament to stay at the wicket and score runs. Rohit Sharma’s continued failure is an area of concern. But more than that, the shaky middle-order is compounding problems. Rahane has been inconsistent; MS Dhoni lacks firepower; while Hardik Pandya lacks experience. Shreyas Iyer in place of Kedar Jadhav also failed to get going. If Kohli and Dhawan fail to perform, India’s middle-order will be under pressure.
South Africa strengths:
Presence of AB de Villiers: As soon as ABD came into the playing XI in the Johannesburg ODI, fortunes turned for South Africa. ABD’s presence lend solidity to the middle-order and hence, rest of the batsmen can play their natural game. ABD would be motivated to win the fifth ODI to take series into the sixth ODI.
Competitive unit: South Africa are competitive unit and take great pride in their performance. Hence, they fought back strongly after Kohli-Dhawan looked to be taking the game away from the Proteas in the fourth ODI. The bowlers and fielders combined to restrict India to a disappointing 289/7.
Suspect against quality spin: Wrist spinners YS Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have taken 26 wickets between themselves in four ODIs. They had an off day at Johannesburg, but if the weather is favourable, they would come out triumph against South Africa in the fifth ODI. South Africa still are suspect against quality spin attack.
Prediction: The fourth ODI win would boost the confidence of the South African players and they would be raring to have a go at Indian bowlers in the fifth ODI. India would hope their spinners do the job for them in the fifth ODI. Our vote goes to South Africa.
Possible winner: South Africa