South Africa v India, 5th ODI, Centurion January 22, 2011

See-saw series set for decider

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Match Facts

January 23, Centurion
Start time 10.00 (8.00 GMT, 13.30 IST)

Big Picture

The curious case of Virat Kohli keeps getting interesting. Prior to the series his case was distilled into this emotive question: How can you drop him from the playing eleven when he is in such good form? Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and Gautam Gambhir return to take the top three. Yuvraj Singh is the best part-time spinner and can win a game with the bat, Yusuf Pathan's explosiveness will be vital lower down, and Suresh Raina can potentially get going right from the start and is more suited to the lower order, in Indian conditions, than Kohli.

Or so it seemed before this series. With Yusuf clicking in one game and Yuvraj too hitting a fifty, apart from his bowling, the pressure has escalated on Raina. If there is Yusuf and Yuvraj for power hitting, would it better to blood an in-form Kohli ahead of Raina? That's the thought Kohli will strive to strengthen in this decider and something that Raina will try to kill.

The series itself hangs on a knife's edge. India had just won three random games against South Africa in South Africa before this series and are on verge of something special. For their part, South Africa have hung on, despite threatening to implode in all the games, and pushed the series to a decider. The weather might play spoil sport, though, with the forecast predicting thunderstorms on the match day.

South Africa's World-Cup puzzles too are falling in place. JP Duminy has shown that he has the temperament to lead the lower order, Faf du Plessis hinted at a solid temperament, and Morne Van Wyk, with an accomplished performance in the Twenty20 game, is putting pressure on Colin Ingram. Smith has had a torrid time in the last two games and though he is an established player, a good show at Centurion won't hurt him. They have been shy to give Imran Tahir any exposure in this series, probably preferring to keep him hidden till the World Cup.

Morne Morkel has been simply outstanding in this series, extracting bounce from sluggish tracks in the last two games and indicating he might be a force to reckon with even on traditional slow-and-low subcontinental tracks. The ball to remove Yusuf Pathan - a full length delivery that seamed away at the last instant - in the fourth ODI also showcased that he is just not a hit-the-deck short of length bowler but someone who thinks a lot about his game and has the full repertoire.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been in rich form though one still has to wait and watch how he performs in the subcontinental conditions. He does have a good off cutter but can he continue to churn out good performances even in the World Cup?

Form guide


South Africa: WLLWW
India: LWWLW

Players to watch out for…

Graeme Smith: He looked a shadow of the man who scored a confident 77 in the second ODI. And it just can't be put down to the pressure of a brittle lower order as he has struggled to put bat to ball in the last two games. He has stabbed inside the line, groped outside the line, stumbled forward, and has had a horror time. Will he get back to form with a confident knock in the last game?

Suresh Raina: The selection sword dangles over him. The pressure is truly on. He got to a start in the third ODI but threw it away with a wild slog against Morne, just as the game entered the final lap. He combusted cheaply in the last match, rushing out too early to be left stranded. Meanwhile, Kohli has been marching from strength to strength. Until now, Raina had the clear upper hand as he was more suited to the lower order and his case only strengthened when you throw in his off breaks into the equation. But he can't afford any more slip-ups.

Team news

India (probable): 1 Parthiv Patel, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 Yusuf Pathan, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Piyush Chawla/ Ashish Nehra, 10 Munaf Patel, 11 Zaheer Khan

South Africa (probable): 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Morne Van Wyk/ Colin Ingram, 4 AB de Villiers (wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Faf du Plessis, 7 Johan Botha, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Wayne Parnell/Robin Peterson, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Stats and trivia

  • du Plessis' 60 in the third ODI made him the first South African batsman to score a half century on debut against India. The previous best was 43 by Adrian Kuiper in 1991.

Quotes

"We have done well with the ball in this series. We have generally fielded well. The intensity has been good. We are excited to go to Pretoria. The teams have been trading blows for two months now and it has been a competitive series"
Smith is excited ahead of the decider

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 24, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    in any format of the cricket if your middle order so fregile as the indians are playing in the recent south africa one -day series than it will be difficult to match up in big series like world cup & give the best perfomance to compete with other team.it is not that easy as anybody says in the press conference that in india wickets are different so will come back into good batting touch with our this failed middle order player, as other squad are already doing very good home work against the opponents & their weakpoint.& never the less allthe teams are trying to raise their own perfomance , so it is not that easy as somebody speaks about some positive points & the reflection comes as the same. so my point of view we have to change our batting order to copile the 50 over match, 1)viru2)gauti3)virat 4)sachin5)dhoni6)pathan7)yuvi8)bhajji8)zaheer9)pravin10)munaf viru,gauti

  • Abhimanyu on January 23, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    @DesiFan, that is as perfect our team can get for the world cup. I bet everyone here would agree with us on this : #1.Sehwag, #2.Tendulkar, #3.Gambhir, #4.Kohli, #5.Dhoni, #6.Yuvraj, #7.Y Pathan, #8.Harbhajan, #9.Zaheer, #10.P.Kumar, #11.Munaf

  • on January 23, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    @camel_sweep: " Forget this series, bring him back to the middle-order, and give him all the support and confidence. He is bound to roar again" .....has he "roared" even once in his career except for against zimbabwe or other weak teams in ODIs ??

  • on January 23, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    I think you got to change the comments beneath Kohli's photo: irresponsible to responsible!! ;)

  • Spartanz_Kingz on January 23, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Why Dhoni is so much against Ashwin??? Is he doing a Strategy (Not to expose Ashwin before the world cup) or doing Politics (If he plays Ashwin, he might be a competitor to Bhaji). I think Bhaji is also playing his part in the seletion of Ashwin.... I hope Dhoni is doing a Strategy rather than playing politics and we need to wait and see until world cup starts to know what is he really up to........

  • CricketPrediction on January 23, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    I strongly feel if India is to Win the World Cup both Suresh Raina, Virat Kholi and R Ashwin should definitely be in the Playing squad. The Choice for the all rounder spinner should be made between one of the two Yuvraj Singh/Yusuf Pathan.My Playing squad would be 1-Virendra Sewag 2-Gautam Gambhir 3-Tendulkar 4-Virat Kholi 5-Yusuf pathan/Yuvraj Singh 6-Suresh Raina 7-Dhoni 8-Harbajan Singh 9-R Ashwin 10-Praveen Kumar 11-Zaheer khan. Without doubt Suresh raina wil shine in Asian pitches and R Ashwin is a very attacking bowler who can bring the run rate down and apply pressue on the opponents and also he can bat a bit.Yuvraj Singh like Pathan cannot be trusted with consistency.Kholi with his form should definitely be in the squad and can play an anchor role like tendulkar for the team.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 23, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    to all those cribbing about dhoni's poor form..remember two things 1) his form is not that bad as it seems..he scored 25 in first match,was looking good,but unfortunately got run out..in 2nd match he made a very very important 38 in a pressure situation 2)a player needs to contribute in one way or other..remember his brilliant stumpings in previous matches????? superb captaincy??

    what to do you guys want? remove dhoni and replace with parthiv or saha?? who will win matches for us with his impeccable captaincy then...?

  • karzy977 on January 23, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    why is everybody behind dhoni exclusion ,no indian captain could ever win by 1 run where the match is almost lost , u can say he is lucky , i would say good cricketing brain , using the best possible option at the tense moment , remember whatever he touched has turned atleast silver (if not gold ).so i dont mind he has an average of 10 but still makes india win 80 % of games .he knows best at the crunch situation rather than many captain right now ,

  • on January 23, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    why no chances for sreesanth... can we call it high time politics in indian team for favourtism to munaf & nehra...

  • UtpalKhardenavis on January 23, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Virat Kohli is certainly a future prospect for India. Currently he is playing better than anyone in the ODI Team and even when Sachin, Viru and Gambhir return , he should be returned. My original faith in Rohit Sharma is starting to erode very fast. This guy is certainly not composed just look at how many gaalis he gave to J P Duminy after getting him out, similarly his expression after being given out LBW. He may have talent but where is the performance? I also fail to understand why Indian Management favors Nehra much. From his bowling I can see that although he tries hard he is not much effective these days, Batsmen score easily off him. Sreesanth should replace him.

  • on January 24, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    in any format of the cricket if your middle order so fregile as the indians are playing in the recent south africa one -day series than it will be difficult to match up in big series like world cup & give the best perfomance to compete with other team.it is not that easy as anybody says in the press conference that in india wickets are different so will come back into good batting touch with our this failed middle order player, as other squad are already doing very good home work against the opponents & their weakpoint.& never the less allthe teams are trying to raise their own perfomance , so it is not that easy as somebody speaks about some positive points & the reflection comes as the same. so my point of view we have to change our batting order to copile the 50 over match, 1)viru2)gauti3)virat 4)sachin5)dhoni6)pathan7)yuvi8)bhajji8)zaheer9)pravin10)munaf viru,gauti

  • Abhimanyu on January 23, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    @DesiFan, that is as perfect our team can get for the world cup. I bet everyone here would agree with us on this : #1.Sehwag, #2.Tendulkar, #3.Gambhir, #4.Kohli, #5.Dhoni, #6.Yuvraj, #7.Y Pathan, #8.Harbhajan, #9.Zaheer, #10.P.Kumar, #11.Munaf

  • on January 23, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    @camel_sweep: " Forget this series, bring him back to the middle-order, and give him all the support and confidence. He is bound to roar again" .....has he "roared" even once in his career except for against zimbabwe or other weak teams in ODIs ??

  • on January 23, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    I think you got to change the comments beneath Kohli's photo: irresponsible to responsible!! ;)

  • Spartanz_Kingz on January 23, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Why Dhoni is so much against Ashwin??? Is he doing a Strategy (Not to expose Ashwin before the world cup) or doing Politics (If he plays Ashwin, he might be a competitor to Bhaji). I think Bhaji is also playing his part in the seletion of Ashwin.... I hope Dhoni is doing a Strategy rather than playing politics and we need to wait and see until world cup starts to know what is he really up to........

  • CricketPrediction on January 23, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    I strongly feel if India is to Win the World Cup both Suresh Raina, Virat Kholi and R Ashwin should definitely be in the Playing squad. The Choice for the all rounder spinner should be made between one of the two Yuvraj Singh/Yusuf Pathan.My Playing squad would be 1-Virendra Sewag 2-Gautam Gambhir 3-Tendulkar 4-Virat Kholi 5-Yusuf pathan/Yuvraj Singh 6-Suresh Raina 7-Dhoni 8-Harbajan Singh 9-R Ashwin 10-Praveen Kumar 11-Zaheer khan. Without doubt Suresh raina wil shine in Asian pitches and R Ashwin is a very attacking bowler who can bring the run rate down and apply pressue on the opponents and also he can bat a bit.Yuvraj Singh like Pathan cannot be trusted with consistency.Kholi with his form should definitely be in the squad and can play an anchor role like tendulkar for the team.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 23, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    to all those cribbing about dhoni's poor form..remember two things 1) his form is not that bad as it seems..he scored 25 in first match,was looking good,but unfortunately got run out..in 2nd match he made a very very important 38 in a pressure situation 2)a player needs to contribute in one way or other..remember his brilliant stumpings in previous matches????? superb captaincy??

    what to do you guys want? remove dhoni and replace with parthiv or saha?? who will win matches for us with his impeccable captaincy then...?

  • karzy977 on January 23, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    why is everybody behind dhoni exclusion ,no indian captain could ever win by 1 run where the match is almost lost , u can say he is lucky , i would say good cricketing brain , using the best possible option at the tense moment , remember whatever he touched has turned atleast silver (if not gold ).so i dont mind he has an average of 10 but still makes india win 80 % of games .he knows best at the crunch situation rather than many captain right now ,

  • on January 23, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    why no chances for sreesanth... can we call it high time politics in indian team for favourtism to munaf & nehra...

  • UtpalKhardenavis on January 23, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Virat Kohli is certainly a future prospect for India. Currently he is playing better than anyone in the ODI Team and even when Sachin, Viru and Gambhir return , he should be returned. My original faith in Rohit Sharma is starting to erode very fast. This guy is certainly not composed just look at how many gaalis he gave to J P Duminy after getting him out, similarly his expression after being given out LBW. He may have talent but where is the performance? I also fail to understand why Indian Management favors Nehra much. From his bowling I can see that although he tries hard he is not much effective these days, Batsmen score easily off him. Sreesanth should replace him.

  • Dessert_Camel on January 23, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Rohit Sharma's case has been very curious. In 2008 he helped India win the Tri-Series in Australia on bouncy pitches and was touted to be the best thing to happen for India then. He certainly has class but the important thing is that we have not handled him well. He has been thrust into the role of an opener which I think he does not cherish. Quite similar to a point of time when Ganguly was intent on opening with Yuvraj. Failing continuously, he came back to middle-order and there has been no looking back since. Too much of 20-20s has also not helped Rohit. He is no doubt a long-term asset. Forget this series, bring him back to the middle-order, and give him all the support and confidence. He is bound to roar again. Of course he has to work on some of his weaknesses.

    Forget Murali Vijay in ODIs. He can be compared to WV Raman or Vikram Rathore who could seize the bowling by the scruff of the neck on their day. But sadly that day may come only once in about 300 ODIs

  • on January 23, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    I agrre with desifan which is most perfect combination to win WC for india

  • anObserver on January 23, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    The question mark, without tendulkar, sehwag, gambhir and out of form raina, inconsistent pathan and proven one game in series performer yuvraj, whom to take, kohli and dhoni hold the keys to batting, strange but true South Africa has win very convincingly and India has won two tight, infact two very tight matches back to back. So who will prevail will depend a lot on the very day if same team is choosen on the very day. SA is surely the leader, lets put it in this way if openers click, it will be good for SA than India but key players in batting line up of team need to play and carry out long partnerships.Dhoni and Kohli with probably Yuvraj/Pathan/Raina with tailenders ready to bat in tight situations. Bowlers also have failed, too much of medium pace bowling, I think we need some spin. Dhoni should adjust himself with Raina/Pathan in position according to the need of situation. Bowling options-Zaheer and Munaf with according to situation inseion of Harbhajan. Slog overs-Yuvraj/Raina

  • on January 23, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    looking forward for the match of real giants in a great tussle of egos , ambitions and aspirations of the millions. I hope we get a good match to see and at the as a proud Indian I want LIONS IN BLUE to get through the breadth stopper.

  • Sreelal_SS on January 23, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Y Dhoni s not givin Sreesanth a go...??...sure Dhoni has got some problem wit sree...Otherwise sree should ve ideally replaced Nehra in the ELEVEN...!!

  • NYJets07 on January 23, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    why no one talks about Dhoni ! he is the one who should be out of the team so that other talented players can replace him....he is only good for commercials and minting money...when was the last time he helped india out of crisis.....he is only riding on his luck and other players talent

  • srisri on January 23, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    thunder storm? Then its gonna 20over game. And India is always better then SA in 20 over games. So despite his sucking form, Dhoni gonna lift the series trophy.

  • vpk23 on January 23, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    IF THE TEAM IS INTENSE ENOUGH ON THE DAY THAT SHOULD CARRY THEM ACROSS THE LINE BE IT BATTING FIRST OR SECOND, TOSS OR NO TOSS

  • VijayMannur on January 23, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    I am really surprised at people people saying Sachin shud retire from ODI cricket. Please all of you do check the record in the last 2 years... Sachins batting average is 68.75. And he shud retire???? Plus why all the talk about kohli or raina sitting ouy. I think Yusuf pathan shud sit out. If u check the records he is one of the most inconsistent batsmen around.... in 37 innings his total tally of runs is around 500????? out of that 250 odd runs have come in 3 innings... so 34 innings and 250 runs??? 8 runs per inning??? Best line up for INDIA would be.... Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvi, Dhoni, Raina, Bhajji, Ashwin/Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Zak.

  • ihatecric on January 23, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Curious case of Kohli???? Sriram Veera Slots all the in form player. Has he forgotten that there is a player by name MS Dhoni who is occupying a slot just because he is a non performing captain.

  • on January 23, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    get rid of yuvraj and get kohli in at 4

  • on January 23, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Well said by Dhoni that the middle order needs to get those runs ... good captaincy and sure they should in this deciding match ... best wishes as much as expectations ... and they can do it without getting under any sort of pressure tactics even if SA gets a chance like that... our boys are C A P A B L E ..!!!

  • on January 23, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Kohli the next dravid huh ?? dravid never scored runs surviving 3 or 4 times flukishly and he never showed any kind of weakness against the inswinger or the outswinger in his prime....he was actually a wall,nt sm flukishly solid bozo who almost in every innings has one or 2 dropped chances,though nt on the rohit sharma fluke league ! if the place in batting should be judged on performance,then the 1st one to be left out is Mr MS Dhoni....what has yuvraj done ?? score one half century ?? this is what he has been doing for the past year,score one 50 to keep his place and perform badly for the rest of the series...is there any guarantee that he wont do the same in the WC ?? besides,raina doesn't need dhoni's favouring as someone stated here for him to keep his place.....he is a class apart and deserves it !! i feel he should be batting at 2-down instead of yuvraj and yuvraj should be at no 5......even the stats of both players at no 4 and no 5 screams out my point !!

  • on January 23, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Y NO R.ASHWIN?? HE CAN BAT ALSO AND A GREAT BOWLER

  • Amar_bw on January 23, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    I agree with many that Kohli deserves a place over Raina and Dhoni should come earlier. With the current forms, the following team can win any match in Indian subcontinent for India. #1.Sehwag, #2.Tendulkar, #3.Gambhir, #4.Kohli, #5.Dhoni, #6.Yuvraj, #7.Y Pathan, #8.Harbhajan, #9.Zaheer, #10.P.Kumar, #11.Munaf

  • Chetan007 on January 23, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    Dhoni should change the line up and give Kholi a chance to open the inning with Parthiv and Rohit Should be drop down to 6 and Raina should be given a chance to play at no. 3 to boost his confidence up.

  • FreakXI on January 23, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    Indian batsmen definitely need to be more aggressive. It is alright to see of the new ball but if they get too defensive, they are sitting ducks! I think Raina needs to play his natural game and if he gets going India can post a huge total. Also, India needs to try out either Piyush/Ashwin for Nehra for the final game - just as a surprise element.

  • KrikGuru on January 23, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    A possible thunder storm in the afternoon may call D/L . So toss and batting forst is very important today . If India bat first , their batting order should be : 1. Parthiv , 2. Rohit , 3 . Virat , 4. Dhoni . 5. Pathan , 6. Yuvraj , 7. Raina . 8. Chawla . 9. Bhajji , 10 . Zak . 11. Parveen . # Dhoni is not a good player under pressure #Pathan is not a good palyer of pace bowling #Raina is better player at the tail than Yuvraj # Must introduce Leg spin by Chawla

    If India bat second and if there is a certain possibility of thunder storm , try to play Pathan early to increase the run rate . I think India will make it today !!!

  • vinzoid123 on January 23, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    @tirtha16 couldnt agree more...

  • on January 23, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    Indian team is in good form see what they can do without two great opener and sachin South Africa has their own HOME weather and bouncy wickets condition but even though Indians are giving them very good reply and level the series at present.India will definitely win the series.GOOD LUCK ALWAYS WITH THE TEAM THEY ARE DOING VERY WELL....................................

  • on January 23, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    India has a habit of losing a match,when a series is at level.Moreover,Southafrica has a habit of losing a do-or-die match,thats the record of Southafrica.

    Let`s see what happens next?

  • Nampally on January 23, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    Kohli deserves a place in the XI for the World Cup at #4 batting position. The top 3 with Sachin, Sehwag & Gambhir need a reliable #4 who is a considtent performer - not a hit & miss batsman. If Yuvraj bats #4, he cannot be relied upon to produce. He is best @ 5 or 6. With Kohli #4, India has a solid, reliable & arguably the best top 4 in the WC. The next 4 batsmen should be Yuvraj, Dhoni, Yusuf/Raina and Harbhajan.Kohli is also a brilliant fielder. He took 2 sharp catches + claimed 2 run outs in the 4th ODI against SA.So Kohli must be in XI. Raina & Pathan fight out for the last batting spot. On Indian wickets, India should focus on a steady bowling attack. I prefer to see 2 pace(Zaheer & Kumar) + 2 spin(Harbhajan & Ashwin) + Yuvraj as 5 main bowlers.For the 5th ODI tomorrow, I would be inclined to play Ashwin instead of Nehra. ZAK,Munaf & Bhaiji must bowl better than last ODI - , they gave over 6 runs/over. Dhoni needs a plan in team selection & bowling changes to win tomorrow.

  • tirtha16 on January 22, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    I doubt that this Proteus bowling unit will be able to take them home with the trophy in this world cup...Morne will suffer in indian conditions and so will Tsotsobe....they don't have the venom in their bowling to penetrate through good batsmen in flat and dead tracks...and the south african spinners are no where near par...Tahir is being hyped unnecessarily and Botha needs to give some more air to his ball in slow indian tracks as he will not be able to skit the ball as fast in India as he does in South African conditions.For their batting line up, I think Kallis and Amla holds the key. AB and Duminy will come good only when Kallis and Amla builds a good foundation. I can assure you that south african tail will collapse in WC...and above all South Africa is called choker not for nothing...the main contenders this time are Australia, India , Srilanka and Pakistan..You can't write off the Pakistanis. After all they know these conditions very very well.

  • Abhimanyu on January 22, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    @ElevenStars, I guess you have a very short memory. How can you forget Parveen Kumar, he is the one who always swings the ball both ways more often the Zaheer. Also at the moment Parveen is the fastest bowler for India, the last T20 he played in SA he was bowling at 140ks, he only bowled one over at the pace because he got injured in his 1st over, so before even anyone realized at what pace he was bowling he was taken off the attack.......

  • on January 22, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    Based on current batting form, Virat can replace Dhoni more than any one else in the team.

  • Abhimanyu on January 22, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    Well, this is were ICC sucks. If we know that more then half of the game will be washed out for sure, if not the whole match, then why don't we make this decider a 20 -over game and make sure the match will not be a waste.....

  • on January 22, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    indian won 2 matches form SA's mistakes. but they have won 2 matches very comfortably. SA is always unlucky team. thats y indian team have good chance in last one day.

  • tirtha16 on January 22, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    I think Dhoni should stop favoring Raina and give Kohli a place in the playing XI in this WC.....Kholi should come down to 4 and Yuvi should adjust himself at five while top 3 spots will be occupied by the missing trio. For this final ODI against SA I reckon Chawla should be given a chance to play as he hasn't played any international match snice 2008. Dhoni might rest Rohit and try Chawla right at the top with Parthiv and replace Nehera with Ashwin. I guess Ashwin deserves a chance too. And I strongly believe that Ashwin can cover up for a genuine Medium pacer as he can open the bowling and can bowl during the powerplays as well.

  • tmartis on January 22, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Yuvraj needs to step up. He's at #4 and at the moment he is far from that batsman that India relied on. Now he is in many minds, bowling, playing a cautious innings with the bat. This is not the Yuvraj of old, this is not he Yuvraj we need for the WC.The old Yuvi would have taken Boatha to the cleaners, instead he got out trying to do something that is not natural. Yuvraj better wake up, we don't need another bad bowler but a really good batsman.

  • on January 22, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    This has been a wonderful tour and nothing would be more incredible then a nail biting thriller for the Final Match, and of-course a Indian win.This would be great confidence booster going to World Cup. All the best guys and please please please bat sensibly !!

  • shaannnnnn on January 22, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    im agree with you kenneth!!!!!!!!!!! I hv doubt about this series the way both team played look like i was sure south africa will win 4th odi. this series is like world wrestling entertainment;)

  • niksaims on January 22, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Again a big mistake of Dhoni. He should have sent Yusuf ahead of Raina when spinners were operating and being in a good form. He has missed the trick yesterday.

  • MasterClass on January 22, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    There's a VERY SIMPLE RULE in cricket: Play the FORM player! Don't go by names, previous accomplishments, promised talent, etc. but by who is in FORM. Using that rule it's a NO BRAINER that Kohli should play in the WC and Raina should sit-out.

  • ElevenStars on January 22, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    At the moment, SA is gifted with World class Seamers in the form of Morrne , Steyn & Tsotsobe. Especially Morkel is bowling with Killer line & length with consistent Pace of 140 + K's.And he is able to extract the bounce even on slow pitches like Port elizabeth as We witnessed. He is in such form that he can demolish any batting side on any pitch.Steyn is a good thinking bowler always puts the ball in right areas(Teasing lenghts) & keep batsmen do mistake.Tsotsobe is just like icying on the cake with this formidable bowling attack. These frontline proteas seamers with new ball, definately big challenge to opponent in the world cup. Wc2011 is in subcontinet but this Seam atack can do damage. PROTEAS are toughest contenders of WORLD CUP-2011. In team India Zak is only bowlr who can swing the ball on either way but from other end Munaf & Nehra are not good enough.Dhoni made big mistake of not picking Sreesanth. I believe Wc-11, 2ND SEMI FINAL will be between India V/s SA in Mohali.

  • on January 22, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Sangram has hit the nail on the head. It has been an extremely tight series, with India's bowling looking very good at times, and SA's batting looking like throwing things away at times, but the games India have won have been by tight margins, while SA has won quite comfortably in their two wins.

    In yesterdays game, remember that India still had to get about half of the total, and SA had LOTS of overs from their good bowlers to come. India was only able to accelerate against the terrible SA part-time bowling lineup (w/o Kallis or Tahir). If Bhaji got out for 8 runs as he does 2/3 of the time it would have been straight into the tail, with 15+ overs still to play.

    And one last request, India, next time accept the UDRS! It could have been an EVEN better series, if it was in place!

  • on January 22, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Team news India (probable): 1 Parthiv Patel, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 Yusuf Pathan, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Piyush Chawla/ Ashish Nehra, 10 Munaf Patel, 11 Zaheer Khan South Africa (probable): 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Morne Van Wyk/ Colin Ingram, 4 AB de Villiers (wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Faf du Plessis, 7 Johan Botha, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Wayne Parnell/Robin Peterson, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe

  • KENNETH2007 on January 22, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    As for me the indian threw the match yesterday...if you notice from the point where yuvi got out... (i) Yuvi hit a confident six..and was deliberately trying to get out caught by wk,,,as it did'nt work... he got out by some stupid paddle sweep. (ii)Rania fishing out for some shot out of the crease....even after getting more then 8 that over....... (iii)dhoni hitting that looly pop for catch practice ... MAY BE THEY WERE PLANNING FOR A GRAND FINAL ))))))

  • SangramSinghRana on January 22, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    People say the 2-2 result in the ODIs indicate that the two teams are equal in strength. But the two matches that SA won, they won convincingly and by big margins. Whereas, the two matches that India won, they were like touch-and-go matches, and appeared to have won them by luck or by fluke. Nowadays, it is always the Indian bowlers which are underrated, but they have helped India to win the recent matches. And it happens more frequently nowadays, the much hyped Indian batting collapses like a pack of cards, the only exception is consistency shown by Kohli. It appears that Dhoni has forgotten his batting while doing multi-crore commercials and success has gone into his head. He needs to come back to the ground and go back to the basics. When was the last time Dhoni became 'Man of the Match' in an ODI? May be, not in 2010, or may be, not even in 2009? When did he contribute with the bat significantly last time, to help India win an ODI match?

  • BTyagi on January 22, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    I think batsmen for WC choose themselves and that make Kohli sit out from playing XI.But that is not bad as such since Team India wil have ready replacement if any of the choosen 7 bastmen are out of form or get injured. I'm sure Kohli will have enough oppurtunities in WC, remember that we are playing enough weaker teams in league and those are good oppurtunities for Kohli to keep him match fit.

  • on January 22, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    A.Nehra needs rest, his bowling too much nowadays. He is not in good form but his a nice bowler otherwise. We need him in WC, he might get in form anytime. I would love sreesanth or Ishant to join in last ODI, Ishant like morkel can provide that extra bounce and if you see Morkel is successful in the series coz of that. Ashwin needs a match before ODI, he is a good prospect.

  • jack_lohiya on January 22, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    i dont want nehra again in playing 11 tomorrow

  • on January 22, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Dhoni needs to click on Sunday, he has to. He needs to prove his position in the team, Raina is a better batsman than Dhoni nowadays. Common Dhoni, you are good we know that. Yuvraj??? Where is your consistency, confidence? You made India win so many times but what happen now??? You both can do wonders....bring that duo magic again. Raina needs rest....he is class but loads of cricket for him has increased fatigue level, hope he gets enough rest before WC. Yousuf pathan is OK, once in a blue moon, Irfan had more consistency with bat than him. Parthiv looked good, he needs few more chances. Virat Kohli is next big thing for India, may be future captain too, he is awesome. R.Sharma was awesome too, he has style, technique but needs temperament, hope he fixes that...he can be a great asset in future for India. Z.khan always been good giving 110%, harbhajan letting us down, he needs to rethink his bowling style bowl more slower.

  • xylo on January 22, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    With Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvraj and Gambhir being prone to injury, I believe one between Kohli and Raina will sit out for three matches or so.

  • CricRocx on January 22, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Its been a great series. both sides doing well, SA playing better cricket.. India keeping their nerve in tight corners. Unfortunately the tight corners are only too frequent and ill timed and often invited upon by team India, thanks to poor shot selection and experienced players like Yuvi , Raina and MSD not spending enough time in the middle and not rotating strike. Batting made to look too tough and SA bowling glorified more than it actually is. Comeon boyz.. we've been their and done it against more potent teams than this SA lineup. We'll win the series, but the failure of our batting order to sum up and adjust in adverse conditions stands out. Even if 1 or 2 top order batsmen backfire the others can't crumble like a pack of cards. Bhajji has shown more fight and resolve than the others. Guyz U r representing INDIA. We are proud of U, earn it and defend it when u play.. every time. LET THEM EARN UR WICKET. DON'T GIFT IT WITH POOR AND LAZY SHOTS. Get the basics right. INDIA ROCKS

  • on January 22, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    I think the best possible team for India to play in the WC is as follows: Gambhir n Sehwag : They are absolutely unmatchable as openers. Virat Kohli : Seing his form, he is the next Rahul Dravid. Sachin : You absolutely gotta have him. Yuvraj/Raina : Both of them in my terms are equal. Raina being a great fielder, and Yuvraj being a help with the bowl. Yusuf Pathan : A part timer, plus a great hitter. Dhoni : Purely for his captaincy skills, he has lost his batting skills. Bhajji : Our main spinner. Praveen Kumar : Accurate and a great swinger of the ball. Zaheer: Our spearhead pacer. Munaf : Again very accurate.

  • getgopi on January 22, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    SRT: Dont want to see him in ODIs anymore. Should bow out gracefully soon. Parthiv: A clean hitter. Technique seems tighter than Vijay's. Vijay: Seems intent on appearing stylish. Should go back to basics. Rohit: Failed most often than most younger players. Needs to ask himself what got him into cricket in the first place. Kohli: Got lucky a couple of times. But definitely in form. Keep him at 3. Dont rush him into Tests. Yuvi: Vulnerable when just arrived in crease. Keep him at 4. Give him time to get going. Pathan: Short ball doesnt seem to bother him. Raina: Quick scorer despite lower order position. Dont think he is out of form. Just under pressure from Pathan/Kohli and it showed in the ways he got out. He should ignore them and just concentrate on scoring for the team. Short ball woe will disappear eventually. Dhoni: Adds all round value. Holds back while keeping (not many dives). Will score a fifty now and then. A century is unlikely given his floating/anchor role.

  • surz on January 22, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    I hope the experienced bowlers get a rest and the young bowlers who are in the wc squad gets a go in the final match .This is series is not of much important cause the WC is around the corner.I would like MSD to try the Youngster in the final Odi . so that the best team is selected for the WC.I would like a Ashwin and a Chawla to play together in the next match and see who is better option for the second spinner spot in the Wc team.

  • BapiDas on January 22, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    "Form" is temporary but "Class" is perennial. Suresh Raina has shown that he has the 'class' and so has Virat Kohli. Both of them must be given as many opportunities as possible. Sachin Tendulkar must play for as long as he is fit and until HE himself decides when to retire. Perhaps Yuvraj Singh and Yussef Pathan should be made to sit out one or two matches if only to make them come back stronger! MS Dhoni must lead with the bat and must score runs. It has been far too long that he has not scored a half century.

  • papi11on on January 22, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Kamesh, Sachin knows his game and he is one of the best in the business. But, no one is beyond criticism. Every great sportsperson has to face it at some point in his/her career. I do hope Sachin makes the decision himself. It will be impossible for the selectors to drop him, since the public will talk about 'respect' and other emotional stuff. In ODI's there are youngsters who can take his slot and in tests, unless BCCI talks with the big three and work on a retirement plan, India will suffer the fate of the aussies. Sachin is the reason we all watched cricket in the 90's and it's important the legend leaves the scene on a high.

  • Dessert_Camel on January 22, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Virat Kohli has been fantastic recently and his last innings was a really fluent one when his teammates were struggling to cope with the bowling. He looks like a good Test cricket material over the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Cheteshwar Pujara. He has good technique and could possibly be the next Rahul Dravid for India.

  • on January 22, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    Surely India will win...

    AS far as i concerned ( considering present form) KOHLI is better than RAINAAA.... to play in wc 11 squad

  • a.gaffar_J on January 22, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    MSD would have replaced Raina by Saurabh Tiwary for the fifth odi.

  • Arok on January 22, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    There is no doubt in Raina's batting ability not so long ago he performed well for india in all the formats of game. Comparing himself with kohli is really absurd with just few innings especially in top order you cannot come to a conclusion that kohli is better than raina. Infact in the recent past raina's performance in the top order is outstanding. Raina will be the linchpin of india for this world cup.

  • on January 22, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    India's Bowling Form going into the World Cup- Zaheer Khan has 11 Wckts in 2010, Harbhajan has 9, Munaf has 8. In comparison Swann has 30,Vettori has 21, even R Jadeja has 18. P Kumar has been leaking runs @ 5.85 in 2010. Nehra has been gifting runs @6.11 from 5 Jan,2010 till date. R Ashwin has bowld 47 ovrs out of total 66 in his career against d lowly Kiwis. P Chawla has,(Aftr his debut in May,2007 n b4 his mysterious disappearance in Jul,2008) taken half of his total wckts(28) against Scotland,Ireland,Hong Kong n Bngladesh. *Indian bowlers have played most matches, frm where d stats hav been taken, in the subcontinent, except for Chawla

  • on January 22, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    In comparison- Sachin's last 20 innings scores- 61,163*,46,27,138,8,14,4,32,40,175,10,69,43,96*,8,4,200*(Wow!),7,24, #Stats uptill 15 Jan,2011

  • on January 22, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    India's World Cup prospects- Dhoni has scored 2 fifties in last 20 innings Raina has scored 1 fifty in last 20 innings Sehwag hasn't played an ODI for past six months Yuvi as an average of 25.571 for the past 1 year Yusuf has crossed 40 run mark nly 5 times since his debut in Jun 2008 *All stats up till 4th ODI,Port Elizabeth

  • kamesh. on January 22, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    @Papil : i am also very big fan of sachin and india. bt we no need to tell sachin when to leave..he is such a legend that he knows his game and cricket and more importantly when to retire.coz he is such a improbable form now. Kohli is just 22now yes he will get all his chances in coming future only. its a healthy competetion now between Kohli, yuvi and Raina now one spot. its good for indian cricket. Atlast i want to say one thing to you as you said stop talking "la blah bhah", stop talking about great man when he has to leave..talking that is bigest "la blah blah blah".

  • GullyBully on January 22, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    papi110n: Truer words were never spoken. All this talk about SRT being "young in mind" and "hungry for runs" is but a ploy to drag his stay-- which would be fine if there were no talent to replace him, but come in...look at how many youngsters are lining up eager to prove themselves. Overstaying seniors end up being guilty of repressing talent which should blossom at the youngsters' prime. You are my hero, SRT, but move over, s'il vous pla^it.

  • on January 22, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    It was a big mistake preffering Nehra over Sreesanth for the world cup.I just fail to understand the logic of selectors, if wee see Nehra looks very miserable, old, very unfit and his intesity is nowhere near perfect.He hasnt bowled his full quota in the series so far,whereas Sreesanth took 4 wickets in his last ODI outing....hope it doesnt cost India the WORLD CUP.loosk like Dhoni has some personal grudge with the folks like SREESANTH,PATHAN and SAURABH TIWARI. sad to see we are still persisting with supertalented ROHIT SHARMA....

  • ElevenStars on January 22, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Dhoni must be worrying now for the Nehras' form in the South afrika. Nehra is in horrible form, if it continues Im sure he will be hammered everypart of ground on subcontinent placid piches in Wc with result he never ever complete his 10 over quota for sure..! Dhoni is a Super Idiot by taking him in the WC-11, whats his problem by not including Srishant?? . Srishant has knack of keeping the ball On Seam consistently by which balll can move on either way in or out in addition he has got very-good pace around 135-140k's. Undoutedly along with Zak, Srishant is only best balling pair in India at the moment. Munaf put the ball in good lenght but he seriously lacks the pace with 125ks around.At this speed minnows like even Irish batsmen pull him for Six..! over the mid wicket. I really dont understand the seam options of India currently having. Seamers job is not only to get wickets but they must restrict openrs to cut loose in Batting powerplay in first 10 overs, which very crucial.

  • on January 22, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    The outcome of the 5th ODI doesn't really matter I think other than for bragging rights...but I would be interested to see if the Indian middle order (Raina, Yuvi and MSD) perform any less tragically. And of course, the degree of embarrassment Nehra in particular is willing to concede. Btw, I had South Africa as one of the favorites in the WC, but their performance in the series is asking for a recalibration for that prediction.

  • on January 22, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    What if Raina hits a ton in 5th ODI ??? :)

  • on January 22, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    @ papi11on

    I'm an Indian and a big sachin fan.

    I think Sachin should've retired from ODI's some time back. == haaaha....self contradictory statements, even Sachin hater would not have asked him to retire when he's in such devastating form...lol..

  • on January 22, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    nehra looking out of form so should be replaced by someone like sree

  • on January 22, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    hello,why are you people being so hypocritical ?? just because raina is out of form doesn't mean he is a failure or anything......he is the only indian to score a century in all 3 formats.....forget that !! the guy has won matches for india in the past against quality opposition...and suddenly when he is out of form,he is a bad player !! someone said kohli is most reliable,the only player who looked comfortable against fast bowlers....really ?? really ?? he survived a lot of times luckily and flukishly against them,doesnt make him reliable....all the 50's and 100's he has scored has either come against very low quality bowling attack or they were never applicable to that situation !! Raina is a far more talented cricketer than kohli n all......

  • papi11on on January 22, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    I'm an Indian and a big sachin fan. I think Sachin should've retired from ODI's some time back. With Sehwag and Gambhir as openers, Kohli could've easily come in one down. This Indian team is not the team of 90's where you need sachin to win. Don't argue that sahin is a legend blah blah, how can you talk like this blah blah. He is a legend, but it's time for him to move on. I hope he goes out on a high note playing lots of match winning innings'.

  • on January 22, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    What about weeding out players like Rohit Sharma who is a big failure except, against 'B' grade zimbabwe team and IPL. You can't afford to have him for 10-15 consecutive failures when there are too many options in domestic circuit. BTW, looking at South African batsman's form I am sure that India is going to win tomorrow's enounter.

  • chad_reid on January 22, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    LOOKS LIKE THEIR WONT BE A MATCH COZ OF RAIN END RESULT MIGHT BE 2-2 AS FOR THE WORLD CUP FOR BOTH THESE TEAMS SOUTH AFRICA HAS A BETTER CHANCE WINNING IT THAN INDIA BUT SOUTH AFRICA ARE THE BIGGEST CHOKERS

  • shibukunnamthanam on January 22, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Why dhoni dont give chance for sreesanth or ishant ? Last match zaheer , munaf & harbhagan bowling are not good. all those 3 bowlers are selected to worldcup. Not give any bowler chance 3 more matches. lost her concentration and attcking mood..

  • shibukunnamthanam on January 22, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    VIRAT KOHLI IS INDIA FUTURE BATSMAN .HE SHOW , CAN PLAY WELL FORIEGN SOIL SO HE SHOULD GIVE A CHANCE PLAY TEST MATCHESS . HE IS BETTER THAN PUJARA /RAINA...

  • Raj12345 on January 22, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Removing Vijay was good decision. Bad that no proper opener is selected.

    Kohli is performing well, still he will not be given chance in WC playing XI.. Stupid comments. What raina has done so far in last 19 games. just one 50. People should throw him out and Rohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma is one of waste cricketer in team.

    Is anybody has cut to talk failure in both test & ODI- CSK & Dhoni supported Raina. Yes raina will win the match only when no bowler is bowling and in dead pitch. Can anyone tell what Raina done in Test & ODI in last 2 years. why his in team. He is another R Jadeja. But no Indian fan realizing that Raina is simply hanging around in team because ?????????. Can anyone ready talk about these people failure in ODIs: Raina, Sharma & Dhoni.

    Anyway everyone will be saved after World Cup & IPL matches, since those matches are in batting pitches & we have easy tendency to forget these failures.

  • vicky68 on January 22, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    it has been a exciting series,hope weather does not play any foul hand in last match.who is the winner is not important as both teams have been equally competitive and performed well.as far as the world cup selection is considered india has selected a more or less expected side but SA squad selection have been as always a contreversial one. they have taken atleast 5 players either on the basis of 1 match performance or no performance at all.i think as always quota system is heavy on merit.robin peterson always have found himself strguling to get even in 15 but it will be his third consecutive WC. strange?????

  • on January 22, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    just one batsman in the current squad can be trusted thats Virat kohli,and no other batsman looks comfortable against Steyn,Morkell and Tsotsobe..the indians are left with only one choice to target other 20 overs..on the contrary botha's also performing exceedingly well anod looks like a bright aspect in upcoming world cup...talking about India's bowling..most of the wickets taken by Indians in this series are more of a fault of south african batters.i w'll rather say 40%wickets belongs to part-timers in this series...fortune doesn't come everyday..and for India it has came already on 2 days...i m confident south africa is going to nail the series until weather gets in between.they deserve to win this series..they have bowled superbly in the series..and their 3 seemers are speechless to be admired....

  • on January 22, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Batting line up isn't a matter to be concern for India since 1990s but regret to say they could not deliver any superb fast bowler with combination of good length and line with pace. in world cup India will introduce us flat pitches for the favor of their batting line up and will it bring them the goal they wanna achieve?

  • on January 22, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    india will win 5 odi definently. plz try the sree in match

  • on January 22, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    to all those guys who wanted indian defeat tomorrow..please dont switch on ur tv sets as your predictions/wishes will be bombardered as dhoni will lift the trophy...indians will win..

  • on January 22, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    indian batting has been a major concern throughout this ODI series.... i wonder opponents have started making strategies as how to destroy middle order which is the weakest link in the batting even after TRIO sehwag , sachin, gambhir come back....... kohli is playing gud but how long will he sustain is a big question raina is out of form yuvraj is like a gamble pathan is a one in 10 game boy dhoni is not at all reliable ......

    i hope sehwag can bring wonders for india.....

  • on January 22, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    It does not matters whether INDIA wins with lowest margins or not? It is up to the result only.....so Dont worry Noushad about INDIA...... as INDIA is playing on SA soil which is quick and seam but WORLD CUP will be played on INDIAN soil where YOU will get the exact answer from INDIANS.......

    DHONI must come at TOP order as SEHWAG, SACHIN, GAMBHIR is not there......but he has no such dareness to play...... I think DHONI doesnt deserve in the WORLD CUP eleven at all and he can be replaced with PARTHIV who is playing confidently

  • SanjivAwesome on January 22, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    I think India will win! But do we need to play Raina ... he's just an average player.

  • on January 22, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    India will win this series 3-2 despite of the previous match performance..I think rohit n kohli hit big scores to seal the series..

  • Bilzkhan on January 22, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    If J.P.Duminy will execute efficiently as he did the 4th ODI and V.KOhli wil perform tremendously,the 5th ODI will b a great contest for the spectators.

  • AsherCA on January 22, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Guys, far as India's chances in the WC are concerned, I expect India to implode & lose the semi final if not the quarter final. That is because BCCI wants Indian players to be fresh & in full flow during the IPL. If India do not reach the final, there should be a formal inquiry on BCCI from ICC on a charge of match-fixing. Remember - once of the ICC officials has stated bluntly that the best thing to happen to BCCI would not be an India win the WC, but lose the semis.

  • Asif_Iqbal on January 22, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    I think SA will win the 5th ODI as currently they are behind 1 match , SA 1 Test,0 T20 and 2 ODI = Total 3 wins IND 1 Test,1 T20,2 ODI = Total 4 wins

  • on January 22, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    wat things r u saying ... virat is superbly batting at no 3..so give him his chance push gambhir to no 4 drop yuvi from playing 11... he is capable but current form dont give him place in playing 11

  • Asif_Iqbal on January 22, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    I think SA will win the 5th ODI as currently they are behind 1 match , SA 1 Test,0 T20 and 2 ODI = Total 3 wins IND 1 Test,1 T20,2 ODI = Total 4 wins

  • Asif_Iqbal on January 22, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    This is we made a tailor made series 3 test win 1 each 1 draw 1 T20 win by Indai 4 odis win 2 each and as per my prediction SA will win the 5th odi adn serier by 3 2

  • on January 22, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    South African will wipe indian off..Go South Afica and show Indians what is green shirt worth and make Indian disapear from the world of cricket.

  • on January 22, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    Why Raina has to go ? None of the top order fired. Even sehwag, or sachin would have succeded against this type of bowling. Lets think Indian conditions... Raina will shine better than anyone.

  • ONLYKINGOFCRICKET on January 22, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Why is this Bloody Dhoni ,not opening while sehwag is not there.He is useless at no 7. when Sachin ,Sehwag,Gambhir comes back,he can go back to no 7 or fight for his Keeper/Batsman Spot with Parthis( if he can perform) Let Raina bat at his normal position.

    opener: Dhoni- Rohit 1st down: Kohli 2nd: yuvi 3rd:raina 4th: yusuf 5th:Parthiv patel(wicket keeper) bhajji zaheer Nehra Munaf

    Dhoni has lost his mind to endorsements.He does not want to take up the challenge.He is proving a coward just saving his position in team.

  • on January 22, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    i would love is SA win the series.

  • harryharis on January 22, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    What a player he is fantastic to watch having good aggressions as well

  • SACHINKAFAN on January 22, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    i dont agree with the team selection for the world cup,nehra is not doing anytin for the team.. dhoni chose him coz he was a gud bowler at the end of the innings with his yorkers.. now he is not doing anytin even with the new ball, dhonis got few probs with sree tz y he is not playing. dhoni n yuvi are struggling to play a long innings.. if they perform this way. .. india wont reach super six...everytin will b on sachin n sehwag!! virat kohli is in such a form that he is puttin pressure on top orders.. n i want him to play for the world cup match against bangladesh.. my first eleven ... sachin, sehwag, gambir, kohli, yuvi, dhoni, yusuf, bhaji, zak, praveen, ashwin, INDIA GONA ROCK..!! ALL THE BEST !!

  • padshank on January 22, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    I think we should experiment with Ashwin. I don't think he has played abroad. After having selected for world cup sitting in the bench may not be ideal

  • on January 22, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Two of micro marginal wins. Two of Himalayan margin losses. Does Indian team deserves to win World cup?

  • Beerboy on January 22, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    For me Ingram has got to play on sunday. yes he has been out of touch but we must not forget what he did in the UAE. maybe we should have AB at 3, duminy at 4 and Ingram at 5. most of the batsmen have struggled so lets give him another go. still dont know why we dont have Rusty there. come on SA!!

  • gov544 on January 22, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    I hate to say this, but SA has upperhand in gecider due to their superior fast bowling department and India's fragile middle order... if India has to win then Yuvraj and Dhoni have to get runs in centurion

  • on January 22, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Go India GO

    dhoni and yuvraj plz play atleast 1 match winning inning

  • longlivepakistan on January 22, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    i'm from pakistan and i hope india do better this time but look like sa more strong than india in home condition.....but india also have some special batsman so they could do anything....

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  • longlivepakistan on January 22, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    i'm from pakistan and i hope india do better this time but look like sa more strong than india in home condition.....but india also have some special batsman so they could do anything....

  • on January 22, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Go India GO

    dhoni and yuvraj plz play atleast 1 match winning inning

  • gov544 on January 22, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    I hate to say this, but SA has upperhand in gecider due to their superior fast bowling department and India's fragile middle order... if India has to win then Yuvraj and Dhoni have to get runs in centurion

  • Beerboy on January 22, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    For me Ingram has got to play on sunday. yes he has been out of touch but we must not forget what he did in the UAE. maybe we should have AB at 3, duminy at 4 and Ingram at 5. most of the batsmen have struggled so lets give him another go. still dont know why we dont have Rusty there. come on SA!!

  • on January 22, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Two of micro marginal wins. Two of Himalayan margin losses. Does Indian team deserves to win World cup?

  • padshank on January 22, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    I think we should experiment with Ashwin. I don't think he has played abroad. After having selected for world cup sitting in the bench may not be ideal

  • SACHINKAFAN on January 22, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    i dont agree with the team selection for the world cup,nehra is not doing anytin for the team.. dhoni chose him coz he was a gud bowler at the end of the innings with his yorkers.. now he is not doing anytin even with the new ball, dhonis got few probs with sree tz y he is not playing. dhoni n yuvi are struggling to play a long innings.. if they perform this way. .. india wont reach super six...everytin will b on sachin n sehwag!! virat kohli is in such a form that he is puttin pressure on top orders.. n i want him to play for the world cup match against bangladesh.. my first eleven ... sachin, sehwag, gambir, kohli, yuvi, dhoni, yusuf, bhaji, zak, praveen, ashwin, INDIA GONA ROCK..!! ALL THE BEST !!

  • harryharis on January 22, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    What a player he is fantastic to watch having good aggressions as well

  • on January 22, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    i would love is SA win the series.

  • ONLYKINGOFCRICKET on January 22, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Why is this Bloody Dhoni ,not opening while sehwag is not there.He is useless at no 7. when Sachin ,Sehwag,Gambhir comes back,he can go back to no 7 or fight for his Keeper/Batsman Spot with Parthis( if he can perform) Let Raina bat at his normal position.

    opener: Dhoni- Rohit 1st down: Kohli 2nd: yuvi 3rd:raina 4th: yusuf 5th:Parthiv patel(wicket keeper) bhajji zaheer Nehra Munaf

    Dhoni has lost his mind to endorsements.He does not want to take up the challenge.He is proving a coward just saving his position in team.