South Africa finally managed to beat India in the ongoing One-Day International series. After three consecutive defeats, the Proteas beat the visitors by five wickets (DLS method) in a rain-curtailed fourth ODI to keep the series alive.
Given a revised total of 202 in 28 overs, the hosts reached the target with 15 balls remaining. The game was in India’s clutches when Hardik Pandya dismissed AB de Villiers. At that stage, South Africa still needed 100 off 67 balls. With the big names already back in the hut, the game slightly tilted in India’s favour.
However, David Miller (39 off 28), Heinrich Klaasen (43* off 27 ) and Andile Phehlukwayo (23* off five) played whirlwind knocks to take their team home.
Earlier, another middle-order failure prevented India from capitalising on the good start. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli had done their part by sharing 158 runs for the second wicket. Chris Morris ended the stand by dismissing Kohli for 75. Dhawan, on the other hand, went on to score a fine century.
However, once both of them got dismissed, India lost its way. India kept losing wickets at regular intervals and struggled for momentum at the death. Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya failed to get going. MS Dhoni remained till the end, scoring 42 to help India post 289.
South Africa’s win means the series is now 3-1. The Proteas will be looking to keep their unbeaten record against India intact by winning the remaining games. On the other hand, the visitors will be desperate to bounce back and win the fifth ODI to pocket the series. With so much at stake, the upcoming game is going to be an intriguing contest. The game will also provide both the teams a chance to shatter several records:
So here we are taking a look at the records that could get broken during the fifth ODI:
First series win in South Africa:
India is just one match away from creating history in South Africa. No other Indian team in the past had won a bilateral ODI series in South Africa, but the current side can break that duck.
In the past, India had lost 5-2 in 1992-93, 4-0 in 2006-07, 3-2 in 2010-11, and 2-0 in 2013-14.
However, the Virat Kohli-led side is now on the cusp of a victory. India is currently leading the six-match series 3-1, and a win in the upcoming fifth ODI will help them create history.
Dhoni 46 runs short of completing 10,000 runs in ODIs:
MS Dhoni will have the chance of becoming just the third Indian batsman to reach the 10,000-run mark in the 50-over format. The former India skipper needs a mere 46 runs to achieve the incredible feat. In 316 games so far, Dhoni has amassed 9954 runs.
Another record awaits Virat Kohli:
Kohli narrowly missed another century in the fourth ODI. With form on his side, the India skipper can add yet another feather to his cap if he manages to score a century in the next game. Another ton will help Kohli go level with AB de Villiers who had scored 13 centuries as an ODI captain.
Kohli’s ton in the third ODI had already helped him go past Sourav Ganguly and become the India skipper with most centuries. Kohli has so far scored 12 centuries as captain in the 50-over format. Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting leads the list with 22 centuries.
Rahane on the brink of completing 3,000 ODI runs:
The upcoming game will provide Ajinkya Rahane with an opportunity to become the 20th Indian player to cross the 3,000-run mark in ODIs. The right-handed batsman has so far scored 2920 runs in 88 ODIs and needs 80 more to achieve the feat.
India’s poor record in St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
While India are currently the in-form team, their record at the venue for the upcoming game is not promising. So far, India had five played ODIs in Port Elizabeth and had ended on the losing side on all occasions. On the other hand, the hosts boast a good record at the venue. Out of 32 ODIs they have played in Port Elizabeth, the Proteas had won 20 including four against India.
So the upcoming game would provide India with an opportunity to win their first game in Port Elizabeth.