India vs South Africa 5th ODI, Another big challenge for Kohli’s Army at Port Elizabeth

India vs South Africa 5th ODI, Another big challenge for Kohli’s Army at Port Elizabeth
Written by Abhishek Lohia

India vs South Africa 5th ODI will be played on tomorrow 12 February at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth. After three massive defeats against India, South Africa Won the 4th ODI by D/L Method. With this win, they keep the six-match series alive. Although the team was fined 10 percent of their match fees due to slow over rate, they are happy with the performance. Klaasen’s winning 43 from 27 balls acted like a stress release plug. Klassen said after winning the fourth One-Day,“This is a massive victory, and we are feeling it like a confidence booster for us, India is a great team and playing against them is always not easy. Before this match, we didn’t have the confidence, but this victory boosted our confidence as well as our team performance”.  

Dhawan-Kohli factor

From the Indian side, Rohit Sharma failed again in the 4th ODI match against South Africa. In this series, Rohit innings are 20, 15, 0, 5. He is struggling to score runs in SA due to his poor footwork and technique while his partner Shikhar Dhawan is playing well. Dhawan scored two half-centuries and one hundred in this series so far. Next big trouble is– India’s middle-order batting performance, Pandya is failed to score runs till yet while Rahane is also struggling to play some good runs for his teams. In the 4th ODI, team India was looking in great touch before the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan. The middle order of team India failed to set a big score on Capetown’s pitch.

Tomorrow on 5th ODI, Africa will try to keep up this performance. Victory over India will boost the confidence of their players. In the last match, De Villiers returned from a finger injury and played a massive inning of  26 runs in a rain-affected game. Other batsmen Miller and Klassen also did their work magnificently. Their first win came against India after three heavy defeats. Since the team is struggling against leg spinners and Chinamen from the start of this series but in the previous game they played both the spinners well and registered their first victory in this series. 5th ODI of this Bilateral series will be played on tomorrow 12 February at Port Elizabeth.


About the author

Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.


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