India eyeing landmark series win

Michele Moreno
February 10, 2018

The Men in Blue have a 3-0 lead in the six-match series and will become the first visiting side to beat the Proteas in ODIs at home since 2013, if they achieve this milestone. At least in India's case, it's paid off.

For India, they are on the verge of a historic series win against a team already down on morale and ideas. The Saffers posted 340+ totals in the three games they batted first. However, the Proteas were handed a boost as AB de Villiers was included in the squad for the last three ODIS. He has already scored 34 tons in ODI cricket and only Tendulkar is ahead of him in terms of centuries scored (49) and the former has 55 worldwide tons (second most by an Indian). He felt that getting Kohli cheaply would have been key, given the remaining Indian batsmen haven't done much.

He has scored 318 runs in three matches and only been dismissed once.

After Wednesday's 124-run capitulation at Newlands, the Proteas can only level the series now with the visitors just one victory away from re-writing the record books. South Africa may also call on Farhaan Behardien which could push one of David Miller or Khaya Zondo out of the XI.

De Villiers has returned to the squad for the remainder of the series after missing the opening three games due to injury. Senior bowler Morne Morkel, who was rested for the third game, may also replace Lungi Ngidi, whose inexperience showed on his debut. They're still winning, so it's likely they will be unchanged as they seek the series win. Typically, the Wanderers produces high-scoring ODI surfaces and this should be no different. "They have done outstandingly well in the last two games picking up a majority of the wickets in both games and being the difference between both sides", said the skipper. The Wanderers is a sellout for this match, which means this will be the biggest crowd of the series with 33,000 people expected to pack in. Kohli has been well complemented by wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav who have shared 21 wickets between them. India won the Test match here earlier against South Africa on a pitch that was deemed to be unsafe.

India will be chasing history, while South Africa will be aiming to keep it intact. South Africa have made the pair look more unsafe here than in their own backyard. Obviously it's do or die for us now. The fascinating thing about Indian skipper is that he scores runs in all hard conditions against every opposition and is a relentless perfectionist.

Intensity is the hallmark of his batting and India captain Virat Kohli says he has no idea what he would do if that was gone, the primary reason behind his obsessive focus of physical fitness. So a lot of pressure but what's cricket without pressure?

"They might go for six an over, we knew that but they will pick up 3-4 wickets between them".

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