South Africa vs India, Feb’18, 5th ODI Match Preview & Prediction

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The one day international series is poised for an exciting finish. The Indian fans are wondering whether the Men in Blue will be able to win all the six ODI matches while the Proteas fans would like their team to save face and thereby their number one ranking by at least trying to draw the series. This is perhaps one of the most contested ODI series between South Africa and India as there is so much at stake.

5th ODI South Africa vs India Match Preview

Match South Africa vs India, 5th ODI
Date 13 – Feb-2018, Tuesday
Time 4:30 PM, 11:00 AM GMT / 01:00 PM LOCAL
Venue St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
Match number ODI no. 3976
Season 2017/18
Match days 13 February 2018 – day/night match (50-over match)

The Indian team has surprised everyone until now with its aggressive and classy display on the field with the bat and ball. It is anticipated that this trend will continue even though AB de Villiers is making a comeback after an injury. So, he will be a player to watch out for. The other batsmen who can wreak havoc with the bat are JP Duminy, Aidan Markram, Hashim Amla and David Miller.

There are no bowlers in the Proteas side that seem to be troubling the Indian batsmen other than Kagiso Rabada. He will still be a threat to the Indians regardless of whether they bat first or second.

Virat Kohli is playing a captain’s knock, other than the first ODI. He will continue scoring runs as long as he does not get dismissed early. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are also batsmen India will be depending on, especially Shikhar Dhawan who is having a good time with the bat in South Africa.

As usual, it will be the spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, along with Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuveshwar Kumar who will be expected to do the maximum damage to the Proteas by claiming early and frequent wickets.

5th ODI Prediction South Africa vs India

It is expected that the Indian side will once again come out victorious when they play the South Africans at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.

Virat Kohli is the player to watch out for along with Shikhar Dhawan. When it comes to the bowlers, Chahal and Yadav will try to spin knots around the Proteas side, but if Amla and de Villiers fire, it could be anyone’s game then. However, considering that the Men in Blue are not being bothered a lot by the South African bowlers, they will be comfortable either setting a target or chasing the target.

If India wins the toss, most probably they will put the South Africans to bat and restrict the score with early wickets. If South Africans win the toss, they will put the Indians to bat and ensure they get quick wickets, including Rohit Sharma, Kohli and Dhawan.

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