After winning the first three games in the ODI series against South Africa, Team India was handed a shock defeat in the fourth ODI at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. With rain playing spoilsport, South Africa seized the moment to win the game by 5 wickets. And even as the teams gear up to play the fifth ODI at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, Virat Kohli and his boys have their task cut-out. India has played four ODIs against South Africa on this ground and is yet to register a win at the venue.
If Kohli and his boys do manage to win the fifth ODI, it will not only be their first win at the ground, but will also be India’s first bilateral series win against the Proteas. India has never managed to win an ODI series against South Africa in the Rainbow Nation. Leading 3-1 going into the fifth game, this is indeed Kohli and boys’ best opportunity to rewrite history.
India first played at St. George’s Park in 1992 and with Mohammad Azharuddin winning the toss, India batted first, only to be bowled out for 147. South Africa chased down the total in 47 overs to win by six wickets. WV Raman was the only player to show some fight as he hit 33 – the highest score in the India innings.
India next played at the venue in 1997 with Sachin Tendulkar leading the Men in Blue. This time too India won the toss and decided to bat, only to lose opener Sourav Ganguly for a duck. The visitors managed just 179/9 with make-shift opener Rahul Dravid and Azharuddin scoring half-centuries. South Africa chased down the target in 45.1 overs to once again register a six-wicket win.
The third encounter between the two teams at the venue was in 2006 with Virender Sehwag leading the side. This time the Proteas won the toss and decided to bat first and put a decent 243/8 on the board. In reply, India managed only 163 as Irfan Pathan was the highest scorer with an unbeaten 47 off 55 balls. South Africa won by 80 runs.
The fifth ODI between India and South Africa will be played in Cape Town and the live broadcast will be shown on Sony Ten Network, starting 4:30 PM. The match can be streamed online on Sony Liv.com. For live scores, updates, and analysis, you can follow our live blog on cricketnext.com.
Match starts at: 4.30 pm IST.