Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

South Africa vs India 5th ODI: Probable XI

South Africa vs India 5th ODI: Probable XI

The wicket was good to bat on.

AB de Villiers, back from injury, briefly lifted South African hopes with his 26 off 18, which included successive sixes in a brutal over off spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. South Africa's next challenge will be to prove it was not a one-off.

The partnership didn't come without it's fair share of luck, as Miller was first dropped on 7, and then bowled by Chahal off a no ball.

It was only after Miller got a reprieve post Chahal's no-ball that Heinrich Klaasen and he went ballistic, getting the big strokes in nearly every over that took South Africa home and kept the series alive. Both have been subdued with the bat in hand so far and it was what cost the Men in Blue in the fourth ODI.

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There was also almost an hour's interruption during India's innings.

"From the other end, Virat was also going well and so I supported him".

"Between myself and Dave, we can let the run rate go up to 12 or even 13 an over, because especially here at the Wanderers, the ball tends to fly a bit", Klaasen explained. "There's also the effect of the breeze and it can have an impact", said Dhawan, who scored a century in his 100th ODI on Saturday. Overall, he became the 9th player to reach this milestone. This time too India won the toss and made a decision to bat, only to lose opener Sourav Ganguly for a duck. Shreyas Iyer is set to retain his spot given Kedar Jadhav's hamstring niggle is unlikely to have healed.

Yet, a rain-truncated innings is hardly evidence enough that South Africa have learnt how to contend with the wrist spin of Chahal and Kuldeep. After the play resumed, India lost the plot and lost wickets regularly to what looked an under-par total.

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Almost 23,000 people attended the Pink ODI in person and painted the Wanderers arena with pink to raise awareness about breast cancer, and for the benefit of those suffering from the deadly disease. A change in scenery though didn't reverse Rohit Sharma's floundering fortunes on this tour. The right-hander drove a full delivery back to paceman Kagiso Rabada, who managed to take a very low catch.

The bowler also talked about South Africa's gameplan. Kohli looked unstoppable once again and the highlight of his knock was a straight six off Lungi Ngidi as the batsman just walked down and launched him over the sightscreen. After a dismal Test series, Sharma has not been able to make significant contributions in the ODI series as well. Thunder and lightning then forced players off the field, and there was a brief rain shower as well. 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.

The 2nd ODI between South Africa and India was taken place in 4th February, 2018 which was hosted at SuperSport Park, Centurion. India scored only 89 runs but lost 5 wickets after the rain break.

"Miller played well and luck was on his side".

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