After winning the 4th One-Day International against India in Johannesburg, South Africa have made it clear about their intentions that they are not going to let it go easily and they would be surely looking to recreate that kind of performance in the fifth ODI at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth to remain alive in the six-match series.
On the other hand, India who have won three matches and currently leading the series against hosts 3-1 would be looking to seal the series and take a perfect revenge from them against the Test series.
Talking about the fourth ODI, Proteas played the match with great spirit and the comeback of their veteran star performer AB de Villiers have surely helped them mentally.
Lightning and the rain in between abrupt the match at twice and due to that 113 minutes got lost and thus, South Africa received a 202-run target from 28 overs. And riding on the shoulders of David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen who smashed 43 not out off 27 balls (5 fours, 1 six), Proteas easily chased down the target with two overs to spare by keep attacking on the Indian spinners after rain intervened twice to trim down the game to a 28-over contest.
Talking about the playing XI of the match, Indian skipper Virat Kohli may make a change in his team by bringing back Kedar Jadhav who did not play the 4th ODI due to minor finger injury and most probably he will be replacing Shreyas Iyer who came in late to bat but failed to perform as per the expectations of the team.
While South Africa who have made changes in all our matches against India may play with the same team as all the players in their team did well and they may take it as a perfect team to play their do or die match to stay alive in the series.
The probable playing XI of both the teams according to Sports Flashes are:
South Africa’s probable playing XI: Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, AB de Villiers, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel
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Shekhar Dhingra is a sports journalist with 1.5 years of experience, having worked with sports business website "Market4Sports". He resides in New Delhi and is a die-hard sports fan with special affection for cricket and badminton. He desperately waits for weekend to relax his soul by playing cricket.