Preview Mumbai: Following an all-round opening that helped them spin a array 2-2 in Chennai, hosts India will be high on certainty and will aim to bind a One-Day International (ODI) array when they strife with South Africa in a fifth and final compare during a Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.
Powered by a glorious ton from Virat Kohli, India degraded a visitors by 35 runs in a fourth and penultimate ODI to block things up. The discuss over who will fit in good in a No.3 batting container was put to rest on Thursday after a much-needed century from Kohli, who scored a outstanding 138.
Virat Kohli’s hundred in a 4th ODI kept India alive in a series. AFP
Coming into a decider, a hosts demeanour a most offset side both in batting and bowling.
Right from openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to middle-order batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina, all have being among a runs in a ongoing array and will demeanour to broach on Sunday to acquire another home array win.
Medium pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma bowled in tandem on a spin-friendly wicket in Chennai and were good upheld by spinners Harbhajan Singh, Axar Patel and Amit Mishra, who done life formidable for a antithesis batsmen by branch it and picking wickets during unchanging intervals.
On a other hand, South Africa felt a deficiency of all-rounder JP Duminy on Thursday, who was ruled out of a array due to a palm injury. The maladroit batsman was transposed by Dean Elgar.
The visitors also heavily count on their skipper and star batsman AB de Villiers, who scored a stimulating 112 to scarcely take a diversion divided from India on Thursday before being caught.
However, a visitors have a abyss in their batting as good as bowling to spin it in their foster in no time. Besides, de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, David Miller — all are in good form.
Hashim Amla, meanwhile, has not been adult to his level, though come Sunday, a right-hander will demeanour to arrange out his batting.
The Proteas gait conflict has not been during a really best on a Indian tracks, though gifted Dale Steyn and immature Kagiso Rabada have still been effective. Rabada valid his intensity to play in a genocide overs and will be a one to watch out for in a high-voltage clash.
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir will lead a Proteas’ spin conflict alongside part-timer Farhaan Behardien.