India beat SA, take series 4-1 By

Tricia Pearson
February 14, 2018

I knew I didn't have to change a lot and the runs would come. "It's a must-win game for them, we have the lead and the advantage so we would like to put some decent runs on the board for them to chase down".

"They've bowled well, they took wickets and the more we play them the better we'll get". And priority means more preparation.

"I thought that we succumbed quite easily to be honest". South Africa lost their last six wickets for just 35 runs to capitulate to 202 all out in pursuit of 275, which was symbolic of how the series has played out. "But if you see, that was a hard catch", Sridhar said.

Kohli and Rohit ensured India had yet another fruitful second-wicket association, putting on 105 in 109 balls, though Kohli never kicked into dominant gear, as only two fours in his 54-ball 36 showed. "You have to set your goals".

This is also India's first ODI series win in South Africa after failing to conquer them in the previous tours in 1992, 2006, 2011 and 2013. "Maybe that's where the priorities haven't met the same preparation".

Agencies, Port ElizabethIndia will be keen to bounce back after they were crushed by Proteas in the 4th ODI in Johannesburg by 5 wickets during the rain-affected Pink ODI. The opener had been under the scanner of critics as he had scored only 40 runs in the series so far.

"He wasn't fearful of the conditions and he wanted to grind out performances".

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"A bit more fight I think‚" he said.

Dhawan said it might have become too much to ask of Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar by then, and only a roll of the dice would have worked.

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If Kohli and his boys do manage to win the fifth ODI, it will not only be their first win at the ground, but will also be India's first bilateral series win against the Proteas. "But the ultimate priority is to win and we'll do anything we can to win". In a similar vein, they will need to switch their minds off the knowledge that the last three T20Is will be televised as part of double-headers with the men's games. But you can always curb that aggression and attitude. "As an athlete you crave for days like these", he added. So at that point it is important that you relax and take a step back and think about what you need to do in the next game.

"But yes, I am impressed with India's stock", said Pollock.

The Indian vice-captain dismissed the notions of poor form after the match. The next ball, for the first time in this series, drew a defensive reaction from an India spinner.

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