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India vs South Africa 4th ODI at Chennai – Our Prediction

Prediction: Should be a close fought contest with India winning the majority. This is one match where India has better chances in most of the departments of the game than South Africa, despite rolling in good form. We go with India.

It is a matter of pride for South Africa & a make or break for India. Having lost the T20 series followed by an uncanny slip of the first ODI before they could optimize their performance by taking individual responsibility may have a severe productive effect in this crucial ODI. The losses should ideally give them an urge to play harder and set aside the doubts cementing people’s mind. Considering Rajkot to be a one-off situation where chasing was near impossible in the second innings, the MA Chidambaram stadium should come as a respite due to familiar conditions in which the Rainas, the Dhonis and the Mohit Sharmas have regularly played. This is the backyard of a backyard. Confining South African batters through spin on the base of a consolidated score would be ideal for Team Dhoni. Having said that, one can’t ignore the ABDV certainty with the bat. Has he ever asked, “which ground is this..?”

With Ashwin not to the fore, Jadeja still at a distance while making a comeback, the remainder of Indian spinners wouldn’t just on the hoof , prefer to rely on the turning abilities of the pitch. There is a lot more to be strategized before they enter the ground.

You lose this game and a bigger injury embraces your pride. You are on the verge of being dented for long. India wouldn’t like to address the upcoming Test series with the awkwardness of losses in the backdrop. The thought itself may have a quick turnaround.

If averages of 46 and 40 have something substantial, then Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane would like to prove a point. Raina shouldn’t be far behind, though his stats quickly adhere to the green brigade’s confidence. Be what,a total of three runs in two ODIs along a course of abject dismissals may create a shaky start, but by all means calls for a bigger score even if calmly executed. Having the last ODI fifty scored in the long gone world cup adds to the vacuum and the cause itself.. By far, the only hindrance can be the situation of the team when he walks out to bat at 7. Either way, at least,Raina should be a choice ahead of Gurkeerat Singh for this Chennai encounter.

South Africans have come to India pace packed. Morkel’s muscle strain may lead to Abott’s entry, but the biggest absence would be of Duminy, the so far epitome of Proteas performance this series. This should be the right platform for the likes of Amla and Miller to bring some play into their respective roles with the glimpse of the flair that makes them world class.

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In case Sreenath Aravind replaces Mohit Sharma, India would be in a better situation to attack the South African lineup with some variety. Except for a couple of deliveries including a full toss in the death over, Aravind’s outing for India in the T20 has been somewhat impressive. He is a bowler who believes in varying his art and a longer format may provide a better approach along his prolonged early days.

South Africans will be up for the kill and will heavily rely on Tahir, but to win the series right here in Chennai, they will have to ride upon the Indian batting line up which in the humid hometown of team India doesn’t look like a possibility. Mumbai may get all the glamour for the decisive end of a well fought series whilst many prominent members of both the teams are just about picking up.

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