India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli says team wants to win 5-1, but will also test bench strength in 6th ODI

Indian captain Virat Kohli says his team might test its bench strength in the sixth and final ODI against South Africa on Friday but asserted that intensity won't be lacking despite the match's dead-rubber status.

PTI, Feb,14 2018

Port Elizabeth: Indian captain Virat Kohli says his team might test its bench strength in the sixth and final ODI against South Africa on Friday but asserted that intensity won't be lacking despite the match's dead-rubber status.

India secured their first ever series win in South Africa across formats on Tuesday when they beat the hosts by 73 runs in the fifth ODI.

"After this series is wrapped up we'll sit down and think about where to improve. For now, 4-1 feels great. We want to win 5-1, for sure, but there might be a scenario for a few more guys to get a chance in the next match," Kohli said.

India captain Virat Kohli in action during the fifth ODI. Image courtesy: Twitter @BCCI

India captain Virat Kohli in action during the fifth ODI. Image courtesy: Twitter @BCCI

"But the ultimate priority is to win and we'll do anything we can to win," he added.

The performance of Kohli and wrist spinners Kuldeep Chahal and Yuzvendra Chahal stood out but the captain said the series win was the result of a team effort.

"I'm very pleased, it was another complete performance from us," he said referring to Tuesday's win .

"They (South Africa) had the pressure of losing this series and we knew that. Ever since the third Test in Johannesburg, it's been a good time for us. It's been a collective effort to create history," he added.

South African stand-in captain Aiden Markram said his depleted team was outplayed by India in the series.

Regular captain Faf du Plessis was ruled out due to a finger injury after the first ODI while AB de Villiers was not fit to take part in the first three games.

Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock too got injured in the middle of the series.

"Firstly, credit goes to India. Our batting wasn't up to scratch. You struggle to build momentum when you lose wickets. They've got their game plans nailed so credit to how they've played," said Markram.

Barring one game, the South African batsmen struggled against Indian spinners and that made a huge difference in the outcome of the series.

"I do believe we've played their spinners progressively better in the series. It's a learning process. There's still a lot of pride to play for now and we're gonna look to bounce back and end the series on a positive note," added Markram.

The final ODI takes place in Centurion on Friday.

Published Date: Feb 14, 2018 | Updated Date: Feb 14, 2018




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 3607 120
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 England 2402 114