The year 2018 saw some scintillating performances in ODI cricket, by individuals as well as teams. This was the year when two-time world champions had to play the qualifying tournament for the World Cup, when minnows Scotland outplayed big brothers England, when the highest ODI total was posted against the world champions, when the spirited Afghans tipped Zimbabwe, Ireland, and West Indies to win the World Cup qualifying tournament. The year saw a lot of individual brilliance as well, where some legends just consolidated their stature while some newcomers made their names on the big stage.
As the year comes to an end, the teams get ready for the World Cup which is less than six months away from now. Going into the World Cup, all the teams look for momentum. And here we look at the top 5 teams with the best momentum, the teams with most wins in 2018:
#5 South Africa
The ODI calendar for the Proteas started with a home series against India. Coming off a 2-1 victory in the Test series against the same opposition, South Africa could not replicate the success in the ODI format and conceded the first ever home series loss to India. With a 5-1 defeat in the six-match series at home, South Africa had a terrible start to the year.
The next ODI assignment in Sri Lanka, where the home side clean swept the visitors in tests, saw a change of fortunes for South Africa, as the rainbow nation won the five-match series 3-2.
South Africa then hosted Zimbabwe for a 3 match series and managed to whitewash the fellow African nation. The year ended on a high for the Proteas as they routed the Aussies in the own backyard, winning the 3-match series 2-1. With the series levelled at 1-1, South Africa won the last game comfortably with 6 wickets and more than 20 overs to spare.
With a total of 9 wins from 17 games, with a win percentage of 52.94%, South Africa stands fifth in this list.