De Villiers back for last three ODIs against India

Feb 10, 2018, 02:54
De Villiers back for last three ODIs against India

Easier said than done, though.

Surprisingly enough, Morris said that South Africa were not too far off from victory in the first three matches despite the scoreline saying something else.

Bethuel Buthelezi can not afford to put a foot wrong for the next five years after his Test pitch was rated poor by the ICC, so he will want to start getting into the officials' good books soon. They are a seriously good one-day unit, a seriously good Test unit and T20 as well. His 160 against South Africa is the highest score by any batsman in the three games played so far.

While Goswami was happy with her personal achievement, she said that the focus was on winning the games as they were looking to qualify for the ICC Women's World Cup 2021.

India have been bullish on this tour.

In five Pink ODIs, the former South African captain averages 112.50 with the bat, with one century and two half-centuries.

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After failing in the first game, the risky Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy were back among the runs, scoring unbeaten half centuries. "Like I said, we have had a good run in the last couple of years for the Pink Day and hopefully we can do the same tomorrow, but would be quite nice to see a youngster put his hand up tomorrow and win the game for us tomorrow".

India have been unchanged throughout the series and it would be a surprise if they toyed with their line-up given their impressive form and the fact that top spot in the ODI team rankings is on the line. The wrist spin duo have accounted for 21 out of the 30 South African wickets to fall, which tells an entire story of the way they have bowled over the first three ODIs of the series. They do so well at home for a reason with spin bowling.

India have turned the tides emphatically after conceding an unassailable lead in the Test series.

What to expect: Moderately hot and humid day with rain a possibility during the game. While the pacer could remain on the sidelines, du Preez will likely return to the playing XI and lend the much-needed stability to the volatile middle-order.

Yet, there will be smiles in the South African camp.

"Batting second is very different in terms of knowing what you need to do, when to accelerate, when to keep those singles coming, etc. Batting first, you want to score as many as possible but sometimes the situation doesn't allow you to play in a certain way that you want to throughout the innings", he explained.

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MS Dhoni was left to bat out overs 33 to 42 without taking risks even if it meant a dip in the run-rate. Laura Wolvaardt needs just nine.

"They might go for six an over, we knew that but they will pick up 3-4 wickets between them".

- Lizelle Lee is set for her 100th global appearance for South Africa. We got to a point where we sorted it and now it's gone back.

"I think there should be a plan".

It was also the 250th ODI of the Women's team and India posted 302/3 on the board; their second total in excess of 300 in ODIs. "We definitely won't take South Africa lightly" - Mithali Raj, the Indian captain, on the team's dominating show.

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