Team India won the series for the first team while touring South Africa. They won the last match that took place in St. George’s park by 73 runs. India has got an unassailable 4-1 lead in the series. By doing so they have taken the No.1 position in the ICC One day International rankings.
Even if India loses the last and the sixth one day international, they will still be placed first. The Virat Kohli led side has won eight ODI bilateral series consecutively.
The wicket was tough to bat on in the middle. For India, luckily, Rohit Sharma who had a tough series both in the tests and ODIs came back to form to score 115 runs off just 126 deliveries. He hit 11 boundaries and 4 biggies to help team India score 274 runs in their 50 overs.
Later on, team India defended the total as the wrist spinners continued their form. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal scalped 4 and 2 wickets respectively.
India’s middle order problem remains to be solved.
Despite having top quality batsmen, India India has not got the best execution when the middle order walks out to bat. Kedar Jadhav didn’t work out in the first few games. Shreyas Iyer has performed decently but was not able to take the game through to the end. Hardik Pandya is yet to finish off an innings in the previous five matches.
India will look to change see a better performance from the middle order as the final game will be played at SuperSport Park in Centurion. India’s major innings were played by the Top 3 batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Rohit too as he was back in the form.
Dhoni will be eyeing 10,000 runs landmark in the last ODI. Former India and wicket keeper batsman has played 317 games and scored 9967 runs. recently, he completed his 400 dismissals in ODIs.