Mumbai: Following their comeback which helped them level the series 2-2 in Chennai, team India will now aim to clinch the One-Day International (ODI) series when they lock horns with South Africa in the fifth and final match at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday, October 25.
Powered by a superb ton from Virat Kohli, India defeated the visitors by 35 runs in the fourth and penultimate ODI to square things up. The debate over who will fit in well in the No.3 batting slot was put to rest on Thursday after the much-needed century from Kohli, who scored a smashing 138.
Coming into the decider, the hosts look a much balanced side both in batting and bowling.
While the Indian batsmen look to be in good touch, their bowlers too have been delivering goods consistently. On the other hand, South Africa felt the absence of all-rounder JP Duminy on Thursday, who was ruled out of the series due to a hand injury.
The visitors also heavily depend on their skipper and star batsman AB de Villiers, who scored a sparkling 112 to nearly take the game away from India on Thursday before being caught. Meanwhile, maverick batsman Hashim Amla has not been up to his level, but come Sunday, the right-hander will look to sort out his batting.
The Proteas pace attack has not been at its very best on the Indian tracks, but experienced Dale Steyn and young Kagiso Rabada have still been effective. Rabada proved his potential to bowl in the death overs and will be the one to watch out for in the high-voltage clash.
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir will lead the Proteas’ spin attack alongside part-timer Farhaan Behardien.