India is not likely to make changes to the side © AFP
India is not likely to make changes to the side © AFP

With the series at two-a-piece, the 5th ODI at Mumbai between India and South Africa is all set to be a decider and teams will go the extra mile to put forth the best team. With the Indian victory in Chennai it is now looking forward to win the trophy and gain a psychological advantage over the South Africans for the Test series as well. The last game saw centuries hit by both Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in what was a little prequel to what is in store for the finale in Mumbai. As we get ready to embrace ourselves to a cracker of a match let’s look in which players for Team India are likely to field for the 5th ODI India vs South Africa at Mumbai. SCORECARD: India vs South Africa 2015, 5th ODI at Mumbai

Top Order: With Rohit Sharma performing well with the bat there is no reason to drop him. Shikhar Dhawan who is yet to shine with the bat in the whole series will want to have good practice in the middle before the commencement of the Tests series, Given the pivotal role he is expected to play in the Test series, it remains unlikely that he will be dropped for the deciding One-Dayer. If India do decide to take the bold call of dropping him for the final game, Ajinkya Rahane is likely to be slotted as opener while Gurkeerat Singh Mann could get a chance in the middle order. India vs South Africa 2015, 5th ODI at Mumbai, Preview

Middle Order: The middle as of now picks itself up. With Kohli hitting a century in the previous match and Ajinkya Rahane making valuable runs for the team again in the positions of Nos. 3 and 4 respectively. Their position is quite secure. MS Dhoni will continue to bat no.5 or no.6 with Suresh Raina being a floater. Raina made a quick fire 53 to propel India to 399 in the last game.

Bowling: The spin trio of Harbhajan Singh, Akshar Patel and Amit Mishra are surely creating panic in the South African team by constantly keep them at bay from hitting big fours and sixess  and taking wickets at a very healthy rate. India will continue to bank on its spinners for the final match to be held at  Mumbai. The concern from the very start of the series has being India’s inability to pick wickets up front with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma as fast bowlers. Kumar’s bowling in the death overs might save him from being dropped. Sreenath Aravind could replace Mohit Sharma as the attack till now has being fairly one dimensional.

India’s likely XI for 5th ODI (in batting order): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni( C & WK), Suresh Raina, Akshar Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Sreenath Aravind.

(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry.)