IND v SA highlights today -Fifth one day international from St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth (South Africa) Tuesday 13th February 2018. In the last ODI between South Africa v India due to rain and bad weather (lightning) South African team innings has been reduced to 28 overs and they won that match by 5 wickets (with 15 balls remaining) (D/L method). India scored 289 runs with 7 wickets down in 50 Overs. Then target given to South Africa was 202 in 28 overs. Seven South African batsmen fought very hard to achieve the target and in the end, they get it comfortably. In last four matches, V Kohli scored 393 runs, S Dhawan 271 and F du Plessis scored 120 runs in one innings. Kuldeep Yadav and YS Chahal took 12 wickets each of them and JJ Bumrah took five wickets.
South Africa have won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Aiden Markram: Pretty clear on what we want to do. We’ve heard that it’s skidding on under lights and that’s the reason we want to chase. It’s overcast now as well, so it lends itself to bowling. The most important thing is to start well and really get into the Indian middle-order. Confidence levels are up and energy levels are up. I don’t sense anyone being tired. One forced change – Chris Morris has a stiff back and we have brought in Tabraiz Shamsi
Virat Kohli: We wanted to bowl first as well. Have a total that we could chase down. The whole idea was to bowl at them for 50 overs. Our wrist-spinners can exploit any conditions, it will be a good wicket to play on throughout. Looks very good to bat on. Must win-game for them, we have the lead, the advantage and we want to put on some decent runs on the board. It might not be as easy to bat on, so we need to be smart about [setting a total]. We knew conditions might not suit our wrist-spinners, we didn’t care if they got hit, but obviously, they’ve performed above expectations. No changes.
India team/playing XI
RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli (c), AM Rahane, MS Dhoni †, SS Iyer, HH Pandya, B Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, JJ Bumrah, YS Chahal.
South Africa team/playing XI
AK Markram (c), HM Amla, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, DA Miller, H Klaasen †, AL Phehlukwayo, K Rabada, L Ngidi, M Morkel, T Shamsi.
Match Timings: 13.00 start, First Session 13.00-16.30, Interval 16.30-17.15, Second Session 17.15-20.45
From Indian innings S Dhawan smashed 109 runs off 105 deliveries, he completed his beautiful innings with smashing ten 4s and two 6s. When his wicket dismissed then it was 35.3 hit straight to de Villiers at mid-off. The break works for SA. A full delivery outside off, Dhawan looks to hit the ball over mid-off, but doesn’t get anywhere near enough bat on it. All he can do it hit it low to de Villiers, who watches the ball into his hands, a good two-handed catch! It’s the momentum that was lost, now Dhawan loses his wicket 206/3. Captain of the team V Kohli scored 75 runs and out, AM Rahane gone with just eight runs, SS Iyer scored 18 and MS Dhoni † contributed 42 runs not out. From South African batting performance AK Markram captain and opener of the team scored 22, HM Amla 33, JP Duminy 10, AB de Villiers 26, DA Miller 39, H Klaasen † 43 not out and AL Phehlukwayo 23 not out.
Known for being one of South Africa’s slower surfaces, St George’s Park should suit India’s attack. But there should still be plenty of runs on the surface with the average score over the last five matches a shave over 320. A warm and humid day is forecast in Port Elizabeth with a high probability of afternoon showers. India attended an optional practice session on the eve of the ODI. Shreyas Iyer is set to retain his spot given Kedar Jadhav’s hamstring niggle is unlikely to have healed. A spinner is likely to be brought back into the South Africa XI and the toss-up will be between Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi. Though Tahir may get in on seniority, South Africa might want to check on his mindset after the incident he had with spectators at the Wanderers, which is being investigated for racial abuse. David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen have done enough to leave Farhaan Behardien fighting for a spot against one of the allrounders.
India tour of South Africa 5th ODI (D/N) Highlights
Umpires – Shaun George, Aleem Dar
TV Umpires – Ian Gould
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Adrian Holdstock
Match number – ODI no. 3976