Relentless India eye 5-1, South Africa aim consolation

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Gibson laments inconsistent Proteas batting following series defeat

The Men in Blue have already won the six-match series with a 4-1 margin, after victories in Durban, Centurion, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

The tourists could stamp their dominance even further with a potential 5-1 win over the team that was ranked world No 1 at the start of the series. South Africa had to either tie or win the ODI series against India to stay at the top of the rankings. But thankfully it will only get easier for them because we haven't played our best cricket.

He conceded that they struggled against the Indian wrist spinners as he tried to identify what has contributed to their struggles in the series.

"Looking back, I think they have identified that preparation-wise they needed to be here for more time", he said.

"Absolutely, I think this is the biggest overseas victory (in ODIs)".

Before the ODI series against South Africa started, skipper Kohli had said that the number four slot is the only spot that needs to be finalised before the 2019 World Cup. The coach (Ottis Gibson) has a long-term vision and a few ideas up his sleeve, and he has the opportunity to play that.

Before Chahal and Kuldeep during the ongoing series, which Virat Kohli's wrapped up with a game to spare on Tuesday, the best series returns by an Indian spinner in South Africa were Anil Kumble's five wickets in seven ODIs back in 1992-93. "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". "But the ultimate priority is to win and we'll do anything we can to win", the Delhi batsman said. "The way we played from the first game, we have dominated the series, and the result is there for all to see", he added. "It is a healthy situation in one respect and that is a positive we take".

With the top-order doing well and essentially eating out 30-35 overs in every game, the middle-order has been forced to bat in high gear most of the time. There's a forecast for scattered thunderstorms in Centurion on the day of the game but it is scheduled to hit early in the morning and later in the night and the cricket might just escape both. We've had Ngidi make his debut, so he is going to take a lot of experience and learning from the series.

"I don't know if the whole responsibility around captaining has been too much for him but it seems he is trying to bat in a way that is not the Aiden Markram I saw in September".

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