Centurion: A historic series triumph sealed, India are expected to put their bench strength to the test while a vanquished South Africa would aim for a consolatory win when the two sides square off in the sixth and final ODI here on Friday.
The Men in Blue have already won the six-match series with a 4-1 margin, after victories in Durban, Centurion, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Their only loss came at the rain-affected fourth ODI in Johannesburg.
With victory in the last game, India also confirmed their No.1 spot in the ICC ODI Rankings, taking over from South Africa who were sitting atop at the start of this series.
India would love to end the rubber on a high with another win on Friday and take the momentum into the following T20I series. Yet, the visitors would also like to find a balance between going all out in a dead rubber and resting a few players keeping in mind a long overseas schedule later this year.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has nearly played non-stop since the…