CENTURION: A triumph sealed the historical series, India must put its bench to the test while South Africa defeated would seek a consolation victory when the two teams meet in the sixth and last ODI on Friday. Blue men have already won the series in six games by a 4-1 margin after victories in Durban, Centurion, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
His only loss occurred in the ODI room affected by the rain in Johannesburg. With the victory in the last match, India has also confirmed its position as number 1 in the ICC ODI ranking, taking over from South Africa who were sitting on top at the start of this series.
After winning the series, India would like to move forward, especially with the series of three T20I games that will follow soon after. However, visitors could find a balance between going to a rubber band and resting some players considering a long time abroad later this year. Bhuvneshwar Kumar played almost non-stop from the limited stage of the tour of Sri Lanka, with 19 ODI and T20I six and two tests on this tour. Jasprit Bumrah also played 20 ODI since the Lanka tour, with eight T20Is and her work load has only increased since she played in the Series Test here as well. A little rest will do them good, especially before the next competition. Alternatively, India's second line of attack needs attention. Since the visit to Sri Lanka, the men in blue played 20 ODI and Kumar-Bumrah duo did not participate together in one of them - in Bangalore against Australia.
One way to see this is the splendid work they have done as the vanguard of the new cricket pair in limited cricket. The other way, of course, is that the Indian team is too dependent on them and should try to use backup options, considering the way of preparation for the 2019 World Cup. Mohammed Shami has only played three ODI since the 2015 World Cup. Since returning from the injury, he played twice against the West Indies (2017) and once against Australia. Shardul Thakur, the fourth coach of this current team, only played in two ODI. Suffice it to say that India does not currently have a second attack of reliable choice and despite the success of the Kumar-Bumrah combination, this aspect requires urgent attention.
The middle order is still another area of ??interest. Only a half century ago our numbers 4-7 contributed in this series. After Ajinkya Rahane's effort in Durban, only MS Dhoni approached the Wanderers when he played the position with 42 uncontested balls. Shreyas Iyer started in the two games he played but did not capitalize. Rahane has also failed since returning to No. 4. Hardik Pandya scored 26 points in four sets in this ODI series. The slowness of the locations is one of the reasons attributed to this slowdown. With the higher order going well and basically eating 30-35 scales in each game, the average order was forced to hit full speed most of the time. It should also be mentioned that South Africa's bowling is considered the only highlight of the series so far. In any case, the Indian think tank needs to pay more attention to its mid-level misfortunes. Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik are on the team, but it's hard to see that both have a match here.
The Indian team decided not to train today, taking this day before the competition, in what has been a long and hectic tour. On the other hand, the series South Africa ODI would end this on a good note and take a new protector for the Twenty20 International series, which begins on February 18. A handful of its first starters rested before the Australian tour here and it is the last arch of the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir and Lungi Ngidi against India on this trip. They will want to impress. It remains to be seen if the Supersport park field plays differently than it did in the previous game here, that India won by nine wickets creeping way.
Teams (from): South Africa: Aiden Markram (captain), Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungisani Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khayelihle Zondo, farhaan behardien Heinrich Klaasen (sem), AB of Villiers.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer Manish Pandey, Dinesh Kartik, Cedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (sem), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.