South Africa vs India 5th ODI: Probable XI

South Africa vs India 5th ODI: Probable XI

Even though Indian team lost the fourth ODI against South Africa at Johannesburg by five wickets, Virat Kohli and boys have played really well in the ongoing ODI series. The Proteas bounced back by winning the rain-affected and lightning-struck Pink ODI in Johannesburg by five wickets.

Despite India being 3-1 up, all is not well with the men in blue. South Africa will be an eying a similar sort of heroics from him to get back in the series. The conditions at the Wanderers - an outfield made wet by rain and game reduced nearly to a T20 contest - helped enormously, but for the first time in the series, there was the sight of South African batsmen confidently taking on India's wrist-spin duo.

There is also a strong possibility of Kohli dropping opener Rohit Sharma, who has failed to get going in the series, scoring merely 40 runs in the four matches.

Addressing the press on the eve of the match, the southpaw batsman said, "We have a good momentum now from the last game we played". Dhawan was ably assisted by the ever consistent Virat Kohli who contributed 75 runs in their century stand together.

Plenty of rain is forecast in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, and it is likely to affect the match at some stage.

Klaasen's second ODI happened to be the Pink Day, a game South Africa have never lost, a game that they were threatening to lose despite everything going their way: India chose to bat despite a forecast of rain, the weather delivered them a T20-like target after India had nearly bowled their fast bowlers out, and the spinners were struggling with the wet ball. "He's a cool, calm and experienced cricketer and he just said, 'Anything in our slot we need to back and whatever we decide to do, we need to do fully.' So we were very calculated in our approach there".

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"You don't want to worry too much about what they do but what you do as a team". His return has infused some competitiveness into the series. To put things into perspective, that is 61.61 percent of all runs India have made in one-day internationals since the showpiece event in 2015. Kohli (393 runs) and Shikhar Dhawan (271 runs) have scored almost thrice the number of runs put together by the remaining batsmen (239) and it ought to be a cause of major worry for the Indian think-tank.

In the last game, we were looking to be positive.

However, though the selectors have added de Villiers in the squad, but the final call regarding his availability for the must-win "Pink ODI" on Saturday (February 10) at Wanderers will only be taken after Friday's practice session.

In these games, the only time the run rate of middle-order was somewhere close to that of the overall run rate since fall of second wicket is against New Zealand at Kanpur when Dhoni's and Jadhav's blitz gave them 55 runs off 37 balls (a run rate of 9.01 comparable to overall run rate since fall of second wicket, 9.28).

"We have obviously been training really hard". Like they say, one swallow doesn't make a summer.

Speaking about the preparation he said, "We have been doing good analysis and have good game plans". However, he hasn't been able to replicate that form so far in this series.

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