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12:00 AM, February 13, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:18 AM, February 13, 2018

Kohli & Co keen to regain momentum

Fifth ODI against South Africa today

Knocked back in the previous match, India will look to crush a South African revival before it becomes a threat to their pursuit of a maiden ODI series triumph here when the two sides clash in the fifth ODI on Tuesday.

Leading 3-1 going into the fifth game, this is indeed Kohli and boys' best opportunity to rewrite history.

The Proteas bounced back by winning the rain-affected and lightning-struck Pink ODI in Johannesburg by five wickets on Saturday.

India's wrist-spinners versus South Africa's batting line-up is still the key contest going ahead in this series.

At Johannesburg, the dual rain intervention affected India's momentum with both the bat and ball.

More importantly, it reduced the target sufficiently that, despite AB de Villiers' relative early dismissal, the home batsmen didn't have much trouble getting past.

The T20-mode of that second innings, coupled with the best batting surface of the series, allowed David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen to attack the wrist-spinners and take the game away.

Of course, the dropped catch and bowling Miller off a no ball didn't help India's cause either. Yet, a rain-truncated innings is hardly enough evidence that South Africa have learnt how to contend with the wrist spin of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.Additionally, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were not used to great effect as Virat Kohli chose to rely on the spinners, even when they were unable to respond to the Proteas' concentrated attack.

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