There are no doubts about the fact that India is the overwhelming favourites to win Saturday’s ODI against South Africa to take an unassailable 4-0 lead in the six-match series.

It has been a record-breaking series for the visitors as they have literally brushed aside the hosts by quite considerable margins in all 3 games in the tournament so far.

The bowling department especially the wrist spinners consisting of Kuldeep Yada and Yuzvendra Chahal have considerably spun a web around the Proteas batters and there has been no way out for the hosts.

The spin duo shared 21 wickets in the series so far and has looked lethal. The South African haven’t been able to read them either of the pitch nor of the hand.

The batting department has been in supreme form for India. However, the form of Rohit Sharma has been a concern in the tour so far as he has been short of runs.

Moreover, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli have made up for it while Ajinkya Rahane also looked in good touch. He played a good knock of 76 runs in the opening ODI at while Kohli has already smashed a couple of centuries in the series so far.

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South Africa has failed as a batting unit. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

South Africa, on the other hand, has been pretty lackluster in the series so far and unless something miraculous happens to face the prospect of getting whitewashed in a home ODI series for the first time in their history.

Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis scored a sensational century in the opening ODI in Durban, but his injury has hurt South Africa and adding to the woes AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock has also been ruled out of the series after nursing respective injuries.

Predicted XI’S

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

South Africa: Aiden Markram (capt), Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada/Lungi Ngidi, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

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Virat Kohli briefs media. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Match Predictions

Given India’s current form and the way the South African batters have crumbled in front of the wrist spinners, Indian team is the clear favourite to take an unassailable 4-0 lead in the ongoing 50-over competition.

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