India and South Africa will clash in the final ODI of the six-match series at Centurion. The series result has already been decided, with India leading the series 4-1.
India has been on a roll since the first ODI and barring the hiccup of the fourth ODI; India has dominated the series with both bat and ball. Virat Kohli has hit two centuries, Shikhar Dhawan scored a century in his 100th ODI and even Rohit Sharma hit one in the last ODI, putting an end to his poor run in the rainbow nation.
Kuldeep and Chahal have been the main wicket-takers for India; picking 16 and 14 wickets respectively and Bumrah has supported them with 6 wickets of his own.
However, now with the series pocketed, India might be looking to make some changes, despite wanting to end the ODI series with five wins and stamping their authority. The biggest change one could see will be Manish Pandey coming in the team in place of Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane has scored 106 runs in 4 innings with the highest score of 79 but has failed to produce the goods after that score of 79 for India.
Rahane’s the problem of not rotating the strike when he first comes into bat or when he is put under pressure has been exploited by the South African bowlers and the stylish right-handed batsman has tried to break the hold by playing expensive shots and perishing in the process.
Another player who has had a quiet ODI series is Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He has picked just 2 wickets in 5 matches and has given runs at an economy of 6.09 runs per over. India would want to give Mohd Shami a game in Bhuvneshwar’s place and give Kumar the rest he so much deserves, after his performance in the Test series.
India has already created history by winning their first bilateral ODI series against South Africa on their soil and now they would want to end the series with a dominating performance in the last game as well.
COC Predicted XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(WK), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohd Shami, Jasprit Bumrah