SuperSport Park, Centurion
February 16, Friday; 13:00 native, 16:30 IST
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“We wish to win 5-1 for positive, that doesn’t change,” had been the phrases of captain Virat Kohli after India’s series-clinching victory at St George’s Park on Tuesday, giving them a 1-Four sequence lead with one match left to be performed. You’ll be able to hardly be shocked by Kohli’s strategy to the inconsequential last ODI, on condition that he’s a fierce competitor and a born winner, whereas he’s additionally proper to wish to win this sequence by a 1-5 margin. India may by no means get a possibility away from house to safe such an emphatic ODI sequence victory and consistency in outcomes will stand this workforce in good stead heading into the 2019 World Cup.
Profitable the fifth ODI, aside from sealing the sequence, handed India the No. 1 ODI rating and, whatever the end result on Friday, they’ll end this historic sequence because the numero uno one-day facet. Ought to India win, although, they’ll inflict South Africa’s second-worst ODI sequence defeat: the Proteas’ largest sequence defeat to this point is their shedding a five-ODI sequence 5-Zero towards Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in 2004 and in a sequence of greater than 5 ODIs, they’ve misplaced 5-1 solely on two different events, towards Australia in 2002 and New Zealand in 2004.
Having include a 17-man ODI squad, India have greater than a handful of gamers ready within the wings and eager to make an impression. Nonetheless, the workforce administration may not make wholesale adjustments to the XI from Tuesday, with Kohli, once more, reiterating his desire for profitable over the whole lot else: “The primary precedence is to win and we’ll do something to do this once more.”
South Africa will even wish to finish this sequence on a profitable word, however their fundamental downside has been the shortage of firepower within the batting division and batsmen’s failure to fireside aside from the Johannesburg ODI. AB de Villiers has in all probability not recovered fully from his proper index finger damage and did not make the sort of impression we anticipated of him and the Jean-Paul Duminys and David Millers round him have been in iffy kind as effectively.
If the 2 matches performed at SuperSport Park up to now on this tour (one Check and one ODI) are something to go by, the Proteas could as soon as once more be taking part in on a overseas pitch that assists the spinners. Ravichandran Ashwin loved bowling within the second Check match and Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav took a mixed eight wickets (for a concession of a mere 48 runs) within the second ODI. So, for South Africa to face an opportunity of profitable the ultimate ODI, they want the pitch that performs to their strengths. The toss hasn’t had a lot of a bearing on the ends in day-night ODI matches performed right here, with the groups batting first profitable on 12 events and the groups chasing profitable 9 of the 23 matches (two no outcomes).
On the times resulting in the matchday, Centurion has obtained some rain. However the climate forecast for Friday (February 16) is for some sunshine and partly cloudy climate.
SA: LWLLL (from left to proper, final 5 accomplished ODIs)
India vs South Africa sixth ODI taking part in XI
If the pitch is dry, then South Africa could ponder taking part in each Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi, who bowled moderately effectively within the fifth ODI, though he didn’t take a wicket in his 10 overs. Jean-Paul Duminy, however for the half-century within the third ODI at Newlands, has been clueless with the bat and, with the sequence now gone, Farhaan Behardien could lastly get his likelihood. One other attainable change could also be bringing Chris Morris in for Andile Phehlukwayo.
Doable South Africa taking part in XI for the sixth ODI: 1 Aiden Markram (c), 2 Hashim Amla, three AB de Villiers, Four Jean-Paul Duminy/Farhaan Behardien, 5 David Miller, 6 Heinrich Klaasen (wk), 7 Chris Morris/Andile Phehlukwayo, eight Kagiso Rabada, 9 Tabraiz Shamsi, 10 Imran Tahir/Morne Morkel, and 11 Lungi Ngidi
For India, Jasprit Bumrah has performed each match on this tour, whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar has performed all however the second Check match, which was additionally at this venue. The Indian center order has failed to enrich the top-order, with Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer failing to make an impression within the few possibilities they’ve had. With Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik but to function, and Kedar Jadhav having solely had one alternative to bat up to now this sequence,, no less than two of them is perhaps given a possibility within the last ODI.
Doable India taking part in 11 for the sixth ODI: 1 Virat Kohli (c), 2 Rohit Sharma, three Shikhar Dhawan, Four Manish Pandey, 5 Kedar Jadhav/Dinesh Karthik, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, eight Axar Patel/Yuzvendra Chahal, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Shardul Thakur/Mohammed Shami
India, even when they make just a few adjustments to their profitable mixture from the earlier ODI, would be the stronger workforce on paper. The results of this match is more likely to hinge on the character of the pitch. South Africa clearly want a pitch with tempo and bounce and one on which their quick bowlers could make the ball discuss up entrance.