By leading the series 1-4 margin, India has already secured the six-match bilateral ODI series against the hosts South Africa even before the sixth ODI. The sixth ODI will be played on Friday at SuperSport Park (Centurion) and it will be a day/night encounter.
Despite any results can’t change the fortune of this series, both teams are looking for secure a victory in the sixth ODI.
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Before this encounter, we will look at some important stats related to the match.
Important stats previews related to SuperSport Park (Centurion)
- Out of their 12 ODI encounters on the ground, India won 5 matches and lost 5 matches while the other two failed to produce a result. Recently, India beat the hosts South Africa at here by 9 wickets in the second ODI of the series.
Meanwhile, India has played total six day/night matches at here, where they have won twice and lost twice while the other two failed to produce any results.
- India’s highest ODI total on this ground is 276/4 (45.4 overs) against Pakistan on 1st March 2003.
- In the last five day/night ODIs at this venue, the first batting team won thrice while the second batting team won twice.
- In the last five day/night ODIs at this venue, first innings average = 332 runs; second innings average = 285 runs.
- South Africa remains unbeaten in their last six day/night ODIs at this venue (won 5 ODIs and one no result). Last time they were defeated here in a day/night ODI by Pakistan (by 6 wickets) on 15th March 2013.
Individual achievements on the cards
- Indian wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni only needs to take one more catches as a wicket-keeper to achieve 600 catches in International cricket. Only three wicket-keepers have achieved this rare feat and they are Mark Boucher (took 953 catches in international cricket), Adam Gilchrist (took 813 catches in international cricket) and Kumar Sangakkara (took 609 catches in international cricket).
- Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni only needs to score 33 more runs to become the second wicketkeeper-batsman to achieve the 10,000-runs mark in any particular international cricket format. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already scored 9,967 runs in his ODI career.
Former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara had scored 13,341 runs in his ODI career.
- Indian left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav only needs three wickets to become the most wicket-taker in a bilateral ODI series history. Here is the top list:
Most wicket-takers in a bilateral ODI series history
|Player (Team)||Series||Innings||No.of wickets|
|Javagal Srinath (India)||New Zealand vs India in New Zealand, 2002/03||7||18|
|Amit Mishra (India)||Zimbabwe vs India in Zimbabwe 2013||5||18|
|Patrick Patterson (West Indies)||India vs West Indies in India, 1987/88||6||17|
|Craig Matthews (South Africa)||South Africa vs Australia in South Africa, 1993/94||7||17|
|Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)||Afghanistan vs Ireland in India, 2016/17||5||16|
|Kuldeep Yadav (India)||South Africa vs India in South Africa, 2017/18||5||16|
Team achievements on the cards
- If India secures a victory this ODI, they will be the second team to win more than four ODIs in a bilateral ODI series on the South African soil. Australia was the first team to do this when they had won an ODI series in South Africa by the 1-5 margin in 2001/02.