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Phehlukwayo: We have now got measure of Indian spinners

Phehlukwayo: We have now got measure of Indian spinners

Speaking at the toss before the first match in this series, Faf du Plessis said that when Tahir performs at his best the team also generally does well, and the stats back that up: the 38-year-old averages 19 with the ball when South Africa win, compared to 45 when they lose.

Over to Port Elizabeth and India's search for a maiden ODI series win in the Rainbow Nation continues.

Crucially, South Africa have demystified to some extent the hold that Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav had over their batsmen.

You are staring at the phenomenal statistics of India's top order (positions 1-3) in ODIs since the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

South Africa seemed down and out before Miller was given two reprieves in one over. During his absence, South Africa's batting failed miserably as they have failed to tackle India's wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have taken 21 wickets in the series already. Though the top order of South Africa failed, their middle order batsmen stunned everyone with awesome performance. "At the same time we don't want to really look too forward". There are still question-marks about the fitness of Kedar Jadhav, who suffered a hamstring injury in Cape Town and missed the previous game.

"It was an unbelievable experience, I've always dreamt about playing in the PinkDay and two weeks ago I said to my missy that I can't get tickets for PinkDay!" There were plenty of positives they can take heart from, like the fact that despite Shikhar Dhawan (109) and Kohli (75) getting among the runs, they restricted India to 289/7.

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South Africa stand-in captain Aiden Markram was fined 20 percent of his match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate during the fourth ODI against India in Johannesburg.

Port Elizabeth was under a heavy cloud cover through large parts of Monday, and there is rain forecast in the morning at least on Tuesday, which will have to be factored into both teams' plans.

De Villiers had a look at the bowling while the rate required climbed but two consecutive sixes off Yuzvendra Chahal put the chase back on check.

Miller was dismissed with South Africa still needing 28 off 26 balls, but a brief discussion between Klaasen and Phehlukwayo saw the game won with 15 balls still left. Together they attacked the South African attack, finding the pitch much to their liking. Kohli (393 runs) and Shikhar Dhawan (271 runs) have scored almost thrice the number of runs put together by the remaining batsmen (239) and it ought to be a cause of major worry for the Indian think-tank.

The pitch for this fifth ODI bore a brownish look on Monday, resembling more the wicket in Durban for the first ODI than Wanderers. Silly errors. Sure, it was one bad day but the strategy of the side remained inexplicable. Is that fair? The last 13 first-innings scores (most recent first with 1/2 denoting game won by side batting first or second) would suggest yes. "We are really upbeat". One of them was a wicket-taking delivery that was not to be. However, he hasn't been able to replicate that form so far in this series.