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Knocked back in the previous match, India will look to crush a South African revival before it becomes a threat to their pursuit of a maiden ODI series triumph when the two sides clash in the fifth One-day International at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.
Knocked back in the previous match, India will look to crush a South African revival before it becomes a threat to their pursuit of a maiden ODI series triumph when the two sides clash in the fifth One-day International at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.
The Men in Blue still have a two-match cushion in the six-ODI series.
 
They lead 3-1 after winning the first in Durban by six wickets, the second in Centurion by nine wickets and the third in Cape Town by 124 runs. India's team selection will come into focus in Port Elizabeth.
 
There are still question marks about the fitness of Kedar Jadhav, who suffered a hamstring injury in Cape Town and missed the previous game.
 
Kohli with 393 runs and Shikhar Dhawan with  271 runs have scored nearly thrice the number of runs put together by the remaining batsmen and it ought to be a cause of major worry for the Indian think-tank.
 
This fact will not go overlooked and South Africa will be keen to exploit the Indian line-up's weakness and dismiss Kohli and Dhawan cheaply to gain an early advantage.
 
It remains to be seen what bowling combination the hosts will go in with.
 
On a hard and bouncy Wanderers' wicket, they had dropped a full-time spinner altogether, relying solely on JP Duminy to do that job. St. George's Park though has a history of aiding spinners and in the last two ODIs played at this ground, the Proteas' spinners have been in prominence.
 
South Africa have lost 11 out of 32 matches played at this ground.
 
Six of those losses have come in the last decade as Port Elizabeth hosts at least one ODI every home summer.
 
India's record here is nothing to write about either. They have lost all 5 ODIs played here since 1992.
 
Four of those defeats came against South Africa, while the Men in Blue even managed to lose to Kenya here during the one-day triangular as part of their 2001-02 tour.
 
In fact, in five previous ODI outings in Port Elizabeth, India have never scored 200 runs here as 176 against South Africa in October 2001 is their highest total yet.
 
Once again on this trip, India will have to fight dubious past performances and erase a lop-sided record, only this time in a bid to carve out a fresh piece of history.