Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Dominant India eye series win Pink Day

Dominant India eye series win Pink Day

They can't win this series at this stage, the thing which they can do and that is Tie-Breaker. "Some might think they have bowled in T20 cricket when the conditions are very hard and they have picked up wickets on a regular basis there as well", Kohli said.

India captain Virat Kohli says wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been simply "unbelievable" in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa but remained non-committal on whether they will become Test regulars anytime soon. Their average reads 10.47 coupled with a frugal economy of 3.77 and a brilliant strike-rate of 16.6. This is the first time when Proteas lose the First three matches of any Bilateral series in South Africa.

The sole Proteas batsman to show any form of resolve at Newlands, JP Duminy, concurred with Adams by admitting "we haven't picked the wrong 'uns" and stressed that "they've assessed conditions better than us and throughout this series so far, we've lost wickets in clusters so we haven't given ourselves a chance".

India's indomitable cricket team look set for a landmark series triumph but an injury-ravaged South Africa will hope for some AB de Villiers magic to halt their charge in the fourth ODI on Saturday.

De Villiers' return is the only change to a squad weakened by injuries to regular captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock. India's first visit to South Africa was in 1992. But to the team, he brings so much more than runs, he brings AB de Villiers. His presence will not only help the side on field but also off it. I'm sure AB will have a few pointers for the guys on how to handle spin and how to play spin, maybe a few different attacking options but like I said, it doesn't matter what advice because he's got advice for everything and it's always solid.

Apart from his return, one more factor is tilted in South Africa's favour.

The Pink ODI is a special event in South Africa, played to support the noble cause of raising awareness for breast cancer.

He made his ODI debut back in 2010 but began to make a mark in the 2013 edition of the ICC Champions Trophy, when he also forged a successful opening partnership with Rohit. One of David Miller or Khaya Zondo will make way for him in the playing XI. There have been five pink ODIs to date and the Proteas have triumphed in every single one of them.

- Lizelle Lee is set for her 100th global appearance for South Africa. In the twelve ODIs that Rohit has played in the "Rainbow Nation", he has never crossed 23 and averages 12.10. Kohli, who has been in supreme form, scoring two centuries already in the tournament, would not want that.

As it turned out, the pitch slowed down remarkably, and India ended up losing both Rahane and Pandya in the search for quick runs in the middle overs. The new ball was hitting the bat nicely with pace.

However, even by Kohli's admission, the surprise package of the series has been India's two wrist spinners.

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