New Delhi: Hello and welcome to India.com’s live updates of India vs South Africa 5th ODI. After failing to maintain their triumphant run after a defeat in the fourth One-Day International (ODI), India will be eager to clinch their maiden bilateral 50-overs series in South Africa in the fifth encounter and seal the six-match series before Proteas’ revival becomes a threat.
India started on the brilliant note by clinching the first three matches and that too by a comprehensive margin. The Men in Blue won the first game in Durban by six wickets, the second in Centurion by nine wickets and the third in Cape Town by 124 runs. However, South Africa, who bounced back by winning the rain-affected and lightning-struck Pink ODI in Johannesburg by five wickets, will have an opportunity to end the six-match series on an even note.
The recent history which has seen India losing against the Proteas in the 50-over format at the South African conditions could change under the flamboyant captaincy of Virat Kohli. In 2013-14, India were outclassed by South Africa 0-2 while in 2010-11 the visitors gave a tough fight but failed to get hold of the series, losing it by a slender 2-3 margin.
Also, Kohli, with 393 runs in the ODI series so far, which contains two centuries and identical numbers of unbeaten knocks, has led India from the front to heap trouble on the already depleted hosts.
Alongside the skipper, opener Shikhar Dhawan has looked in fine nick throughout the series and will be the key to give India a dominant total on board in the encounter on Tuesday.
Equally well-complimented bowling department, led by the wrist spinning pair of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have been difficult to be picked up by South Africa throughout the series, will continue to be the lethal weapons for India.
However, for South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen, who played his first match of the series and assured them a comprehensive victory in the Johannesburg encounter, had looked to tackle the Indian wrist spinners well.
Batsmen Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, AB de Villiers and David Miller, who can win their side a match single-handedly on a given day, might also look to come hard on the formidable Indian side, with nothing to lose.
In the bowling, all eyes will be on pacers Kagiso Rabada and Lungisani Ngidi to provide their side with a flurry of wickets at the St George’s Park.
However, the weather department has forecast rain to hit the city and it may affect the team composition. (With Agencies inputs).