Centurion ODI: India opt to field first in dead-rubber

Elias Hubbard
February 18, 2018

India made one change to their team, resting seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and bringing in Shardul Thakur for his first game on tour.

India won the toss and opted to field first in the dead-rubber sixth and final ODI of the six-match series against South Africa at the SuperSport Park here on Friday. Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Virat Kohli have been the nucleus of Indian team's dominance over the Proteas.

India are unlikely to change their bowling combination, which helped them to a historic series win in the ODIs.

An upbeat India, who had earlier scripted a history in South Africa with an unprecedented series win following a 73-run win in the fourth ODI, are now boosting with confidence and looking to end the series with a 5-1 win heading into the match.

The hosts haven't lost five games in an ODI series since a 5-0 defeat in Sri Lanka in 2004. Kohli in the process left behind South Africa's Hashim Amla, who had reached the 17000-run mark in his 381st innings a year ago.

Chahal claimed the key wicket of A.B.de Villiers, bowling South Africa's star batsman with a flipper when he shaped to cut. Kohli was also the quickest to 15,000 and 16000-run marks achieving both the milestone in 2017. MS Dhoni has 9967 scored runs in his ODI career so far. "I think the pitch got better to bat on under lights", Kohli told reporters. This is the highest ever batting average for an Indian captain in a bilateral ODI series in South Africa.

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