5th ODI: India exposed us, says South Africa coach Ottis Gibson

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 15, 2018

A historic series triumph sealed, India are expected to put their bench strength to test while a vanquished South Africa would aim for a consolatory win when the two sides square off in the sixth and final ODI, on Friday.

The Proteas started off fluently with skipper Aiden Markram (32) and Hashim Amla (71) putting on 52 runs in the first powerplay before first change seamer Hardik Pandya struck twice in quick succession. One of the finest all-rounders of his time, Kallis feels that playing three formats takes its toll on a modern cricketer's body and hence there aren't too many noteworthy all-rounders in the global circuit. Hashim Amla, as per the quotes in Hindustan Times, conceded that the India series has certainly given a good reality check to the South African side ahead of the big ICC World Cup 2019. In nearly every game, one of their top three has scored a hundred.

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The all-rounder hasn't been able to contribute with the bat significantly during the ODI series. "We succumbed quite easily tonight", the coach said. That's been the difference the whole series. So just a bit more fight with the bat.

It did have a negative influence on how the Indian innings progressed from there because the momentum they had maintained in reaching 176 for two in 32nd over slowly subsided as wickets fell.

However, Amla has come to the defence of the 23-year-old as he was quoted by Sowetan Live as saying: "I have been very impressed with how he goes about his business on the field because he is composed and he has a good idea of what he likes. I'd like to see us prove ourselves right in that regard". Amla believes it was a great opportunity for Aiden to captain at the worldwide level. "I thought the rest of the batting group would have been similar, but there wasn't anyone else who supported him particularly in the Tests", said Pollock. "Aiden has shown all the hallmarks of someone who is going to be a good leader and with Faf out, we thought we could give him the opportunity", Gibson said.

The spin duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav once again were the chief destructors picking up 6 wickets between them for 100 runs. They have played 25 bilateral series of five or more matches at home, and this is only the third time they have lost such a series. "Looking back, I think they have identified that preparation wise they needed to be here for more time".

"For me, it is hard to compare the two".

There is a T20I series to follow, and more importantly a big Test series soon after.

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