South Africa vs India 6th ODI: Pre-match analysis
Virat Kohli and his men in blue scripted history, when they became the first Indian team to win an ODI series in South Africa. Now the action will shift to the SuperSport Park in Centurion where the 6th and final ODI of the series will be played. But how have the men in blue fared at Centurion in the past?
The highest total recorded on this ground was 392/6 by South Africa against Pakistan in February 4, 2007 and the hosts beat Pakistan by 164 runs. Interestingly, the lowest total on this ground, is also by South Africa that too on February 4 but in 2018, when India bowled out South Africa for 118 in the second ODI of this series.
The in-form India haven't lost a single bilateral ODI series since losing to Australia in January 2016. India have lost just 10 ODIs under Kohli's captaincy. He boasts a staggering 78.72 win percentage in ODIs.
The pitch at Centurion is one of the quickest in South Africa and is known to be a fast bowler's paradise. However, the extra pace and the fast outfield could give plenty of opportunities to the batsman. Spinners have generally found it difficult to work on this track but Indian spinners bagged 8 wickets in the 2nd ODI.
Centurion favours the team batting second. 28 times, teams have been victorious chasing totals, as compared to 21 victories for the teams batting first. The home team has been victorious 24 times, while the away teams have managed just 12 victories against South Africa.
The men in blue have played 12 ODIs at the SuperSport Park, winning 5 and losing 5 of them. 2 of the matches ended with no-result. Against South Africa, they have played 6 matches and won 3 of them and lost 2. A total of 51 ODIs have been played at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.