India lead the six-match series 4-1.
In first 13 overs, the South African team lost their first 3 wickets, that raised the chances of team India's win.
"I know we've been focusing on the World Cup, but I don't think the team that will go to the tournament is the one that you saw tonight", the coach said admitting that the Proteas "got a good hiding from India".
"After this series is wrapped up we'll sit down and think about where to improve". We've played decent cricket in patches but sub-par cricket from what we're used to.
4 dismissals needed by Dhoni (29 catches, 10 stumpings) to go past Mark Boucher's record of 42 (40 catches, 2 stumpings) in India-South Africa ODI. We haven't played our best cricket, we played decent cricket in patches but mostly sub-par cricket to what we are used to. "This is our second anniversary, but more than that, we won the game", he said.
While the bowling will largely depend on pacers Kagiso Rabada and Lungisani Ngidi who will be vital to pick up crucial scalps at regular intervals to keep India on the back foot.
"I'm happy my wife is here with me on this special day".
"You want to have a group of players who can adapt to certain conditions and play accordingly".
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"You take three of your best batsmen out of any team, they will struggle and when you do it against a very strong Indian team it has exposed us". There are always positives and learning to take from it. The final ODI in the series is going to be played at SuperSport Park in Centurion on February 16. But can they win the World Cup for India in England? He pointed out that restricting India to totals close to 270-280 has been a good effort. Those are the experiences we'll take. It is (easy to motivate ourselves).
"That's fantastic. But you have to look at surfaces that they have played on".
Pollock said, "We have seen they are now settled in ODIs".
South Africa head coach Ottis Gibson has admitted that he can not explain stand-in captain Aiden Markram's sudden dip in form with the bat. But given the results, things haven't gone as per their plan.
- Kuldeep Yadav needs three more wickets to become the highest wicket taker for India in a bilateral series. This was despite Hashim Amla's anchoring 71-run knock.
"They've been bowling decently and the younger guys and everyone has learnt more about themselves playing spinners". However, just as when it seemed that the Proteas have figured out the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal (KulCha), they were devastated in the fifth ODI too.
The Indian team opted not to train today, taking this pre-match day off, on what has been a long and hectic tour.
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