Skip to main content

Editor's Pick (ODI): India - South Africa

Team India created history as they clinched their first ever bilateral ODI series win on South African soil by beating Proteas by 73 runs in the fifth One-day International (ODI) at St George's Park on Tuesday. No Indian men's side since its first tour in South Africa back in 1992 has ever won a series across any format.

Now that we have won the series, I feel Captain Kohli would not mind playing around with the lineup for the match coming up tomorrow. Not take risks big enough to sacrifice the match but just enough to let the other boys get the feel of playing in South Africa. The very experience is terrific, I would say.

Winning the ODI series was not the only takeaway, We have ascended to the top spot in ICC ODI rankings. And we will stay there irrespective of how the final ODI match will go.

When we did create history, we did it in a fashionable way indeed. It was an emphatic 73-run win over South Africa in South Africa. Point to be noted that we have assumed the top spot for the fifth time. The fifth ODI saw a very clinical performance by the men in blue. We were made to bat first and we put 274 runs on the board. Rohit Sharma coming back with a bang in this match made all the difference. Contributing to almost half the final total, Rohit Sharma’s 115 from 126 deliveries helped not only India win but also earned him the man of the match award. A well deserved one for the timely knock. Ngidi took four wickets.


South Africa’s Hashim Amla also woke up and hit some runs finally. 71 runs. But his timely knock did not do what Rohit Sharma’s did. Kuldeep Yadav’s four wicket haul combined with two wickets each from Hardik Pandya and Y Chahal helped India make history. The South Africans collapsed to the wrist spinners yet again.

India's run of consecutive bilateral series wins
Against
Host
ODIs
Wins
Losses
NR
Captain
Zim
Zim
3
3
0
0
MS Dhoni
NZ
Ind
5
3
2
0
MS Dhoni
Eng
Ind
3
2
1
0
Virat Kohli
WI
WI
5
3
1
1
Virat Kohli
SL
SL
5
5
0
0
Virat Kohli
Aus
Ind
5
4
1
0
Virat Kohli
NZ
Ind
3
2
1
0
Virat Kohli
SL
Ind
3
2
1
0
Rohit Sharma
SA
SA
5*
4
1
0
Virat Kohli

The last and final match of the ODI series.

The match is being played at Centurion. With a highest score of 392, this ground has seen some massive knocks and fantastic cricket. India looks to be the favourites of this match. And why not. The team has been playing consistently well with all players having played an important role at some point or the other during the tournament.
While India might change the squad a bit, South Africa will want to play their best squad. Which unfortunately for them has not worked so far. It will be a special day as the South Africans play n honour of Nelson Mandela.

India Probable XI : Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer / Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/ Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa Probable XI:  Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, Tabraiz Shamsi / Imran Tahir, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Morne Morkel, AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller

Key Players

Batsmen
Shikhar Dhawan
Virat Kohli
Rohit Sharma
Hashim Amla
David Miller
Heinrich Klaasen

Bowlers
Kuldeep Yadav
Y Chahal
Hardik Pandya
L Ngidi
K Rabada
Morne Morkel

Do listen to our audio podcast by Rahul to get more views.
Indu
P.S. Please note that the above-expressed opinions are purely the Editor’s. We do not take
responsibility, nor can we guarantee the performance of the players. All the best !!!


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Chennai beats Mumbai and clinch thriller

It is not just about coming back. It is about the impact you make in the process. And Chennai team knows how to with a bang.  The Chennai team beat the home team by one wicket in what was an absolute sit-at-the-end-of-the-chair thriller. It was one of the best chases the tournament has seen and it most definitely won't be the last. The player who made the difference in the end - Jadhav - literally came back from the dead after retiring hurt to take his team to the finish line by hitting the ball in style with a six and a four.  Batting on one leg and playing an absolutely unbelievable shot, this player leveled the scores first with a six and finished the match with a four.  Key Points  MI has never won their opener since 2013. This was Chennai's first win against MI in an opener of this T20 League  DRS used in the league for the first time  Bravo : It was a great team effort. I want to dedicate this win to the CSK fan, they have waited long for

Need for co-ed sports

Now, this is hardly a feminist piece. I am not here to tell you that women can do anything that men can and better too. One, you know it too. Two, this is hardly about women. I am not here to praise women and demand better rights. I am talking about the possibility that the entire field of sports can take a whole new meaning if gender is not made the criterion. So this is how the idea for the blog started. The Women’s Indian Cricket Team performed really well at the world cup this year. Mithali Raj praised her team for their hard work, persistence, and passion for the game. She also added that there should be an IPL tournament in the country for the women’s team now. Raj believes that the team’s fantastic game has increased the fan following for the women’s team as well and that they have earned their place here. While I am honestly not sure about an IPL tournament for women, it did get me thinking. Why not mixed sports? Now that girls play almost all the games that the guys do, w

Blog Time: How I won my Fantain Fantasy Cricket

I played the Sri Lanka – Zimbabwe match and I won more than six times what I put in. That is a really good investment, isn’t it? I have been asked by Fantain to share what I did and how I planned my lineup. This is how. Kusal Perera  – I made him captain. I won a massive 120 points. My vice-captain was Dinesh Chandimal .  So I got 43.5. In hindsight, I could have picked Perera. He did fabulously well and earned a whopping 89 on the app. The other player in my lineup who helped me win was Sikandar Raza . He got 88.5 on the app. These four players are a must be in the next match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.  Dinesh Chandimal is one good consistent player that I always have. So it’s like this. I have four categories when I play fantasy cricket. One is the must-have players who will be on my team no matter what. For this match that I played, they were Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, and Upul Tharanga. For me, old is gold. Experience speaks volumes. The second category is ba