Febrero 19, 2018

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Gibson laments inconsistent Proteas batting following series defeat

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The Indian team has won the ODI series already and is 4-1 up, going in the final ODI match, which is their maiden series win on the South African soil.

However, India will be aiming at an unprecedented 5-1 win in the ODI series.

The 44-year-old also questioned whether India had prioritised winning the Test series or securing their first-ever bilateral ODI series win in South Africa, which they achieved in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

"I know we have been focusing on the World Cup, but I don't think the team that will go to that tournament is the one that you saw tonight". But now considering the global schedule, they are visiting South Africa where they have played a Test series against proteas already.

India opener Rohit Sharma revealed the reason for his quite celebration despite having slammed a century in the fifth One Day International match against South Africa here.

Even if India loses the last and the sixth one day worldwide, they will still be placed first. But when you lose in this manner, whatever adjustments need to be made, you focus on it more.

"If you look at the entire (ODI) series, it was a dominant performance for us".

To hold on to this place, Afghanistan will have to win the series, which ends on February 19. The coach has a long-term vision and a few ideas up his sleeve, and he has the opportunity to play that.

Hashim Amla also noted that the bowling has been up to the mark for the South African side in the series.

However, the conditions notwithstanding, India's inability to surge from a position of absolute strength to eventually not touching the 300-run mark raised questions on the middle-order's inability to add to the top-order onslaught. South Africa were reduced to 65/3 in 12.5 overs from 52/0 in 9.3. "It is a healthy situation in one respect and that is a positive we take". He had scored only 40 runs in the first four games.

"To restrict that strong Indian batting line up to 270, you would think that we should go on and chase those runs but we were not able to", Gibson said. Those of us batting in the top six have not managed to get big hundreds that are match-changing.

"I think Kagiso (Rabada) has bowled well to be honest". Even so, in Heinrich Klaasen, they have discovered a very competent replacement for Quinton de Kock, but there's been no stepping into Faf du Plessis's shoes.

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