South Africa vs India: Why Kohli & Co will thump the hosts in ODI series
As the Indian team shed off their white flannels and put on the blues, they look a completely different side. Stepping into the more familiar territory, Virat and co. played some dominating cricket in the opening ODI. India did not even break a sweat while chasing the 270-run target set by South Africa which brought an end to the 17-match victory streak of the Proteas at home.
Discounting one standout South African effort - either batting or bowling - and one Indian batting collapse, it would be quite safe to predict a comprehensive Indian victory. Here are 5 reasons why the Indian team will win the 6-match ODI series.
#1 The chase masters: Kohli and Dhoni
Either Kohli or Dhoni is good enough to give any world class bowling line-up a run for their money when it comes to chasing the most difficult of totals. India are blessed to have both of them playing in their XI.
The latest example of Kohli's chasing brilliance saw him make a mockery out of the 270-run target. India won the match by 6 wickets with 27 balls to spare. Although Kohli is known for his consistency, if he fails in one or two matches, we have Mahi to steady the ship.