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After three superb wins on the trot, India suffered their 1st defeat of the 6 match ODI series against South Africa in the 4th ODI in Johannesburg. The two teams will now head to Port Elizabeth for the all-important 5th ODI. Here we take a look at India and South Africa’s Predicted 11 line-up for the 5th ODI in Port Elizabeth.
Apart from a couple of batsmen, it has been the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav that has been instrumental in India’s success in the ongoing series. However, both of them were at the end of some fierce hitting in the last match. Now the important question here is that whether the South African batsmen will continue attacking the duo in order to unsettle them or will they again go back into their shell like before.
India Predicted 11 for 5th ODI against South Africa:
After failing consistently on the tour, this might be Rohit Sharma’s last chance on this tour as another failure could prompt the management to shuffle things around and drop the Mumbai batsman. However, we are all well aware of his talent and his ability to change the complexion of the match single-handedly.
What a performance Shikhar Dhawan has managed to produce in the one-day series after being dropped in the prior test series. With the kind of confidence he has shown at the top of the order and his understanding of the condition, Dhawan’s position in the playing XI is almost confirmed for future upcoming foreign tours.
With 393 runs already to his name in the series, it is not surprising to see Kohli leading the batting charts. The RCB captain is currently averaging an astonishing 195 runs per innings. If fit, Kohli will always be the first man on everyone’s predicted XI, just like us.
Current and ex-players having been pretty vocal at stating their disappointment at seeing Rahane dropped from the test matches. However, inspite of such support, Rahane has failed to truly light up the ODI series. He struggled a bit in the last match but nothing so serious that he needs to be dropped right in the next match.
With each passing innings, it’s becoming clear that Dhoni is not the same batsman that smoked over 180 runs in an ODI inning. The former Indian captain is clearly struggling to hit the ball the distance and might need a change in his batting order to bring the best out of him at this stage of his career.
Hardik Pandya is another player who has been hugely disappointing in the series and to be fair he hasn’t been up to the mark with either bat or the ball. The talent pool is currently at it’s biggest and if Pandya continues to perform below standards on foreign tours, who knows maybe Kohli will need to find another bowling all-rounder before the 2019 World Cup.
Bhuvneshwar hasn’t been upto his mark till now in the series having picked up only 2 wickets at an economy rate that is higher than 6. However, with him bowling in tandem with Bumrah at the start, India has the best chance of restricting the South Africans and picking crucial wickets right at the start.
With both Chahal and Kuldeep struggling in the last match, it won’t be surprising to see Bumrah take the centre-stage in the 5th ODI. The 24-year-old is the highest wicket-taker amongst the seamers in the series and is currently rated the best death over specialist in world cricket.
Chahal was visibly upset with his bowling performance in the 4th ODI, but knowing the fighting attitude instilled in these young boys, we should definitely expect the spinner to be back at his most lethal best for the 5th and penultimate ODI. With the current form in mind, Chahal would be India’s first pick, if they were to witness a seamer-friendly wicket.
Currently tied with Yuzvendra Chahal as the highest wicket-taker in the serious, Kuldeep Yadav is one of the most important reasons why India is leading the series 3-1 at this stage. The young spinner has been fantastic in this serious and definitely deserves to have another go at the South African batsmen after being smoked in the last match.
South Africa Predicted 11
Jean-Paul Duminy, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel, David Miller, Chris Morris, Aiden Markram (c), Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungisani Ngidi, Heinrich Klaasen (wk)