IND v SA: Host aims to avoid unwanted record as Dhoni nears milestone

The main stats in focus ahead of the sixth and final ODI between India and South Africa.

High-flying India has its eyes set on a 5-1 series win.   -  AP

The relentless, hungry-for-more Virat Kohli isn't content with India's maiden ODI series win in South Africa and wants to win by a 5-1 margin, which is what the host will want to avoid.

Here's Sportstar's statistical preview of the sixth one-day international:

An unwanted record

This has been a rare bilateral ODI series loss for the Proteas, its first at home since 2013 and first anywhere since July 2015.

But, down 1-4, South Africa will fight to avoid its second-biggest bilateral ODI series defeat. Once before it has been beaten 5-0 in a five-match ODI series (by Sri Lanka), its biggest series defeat, and twice it has lost by a 1-5 margin in a series of more than five ODIs.

South Africa last such defeat was in 2004, against New Zealand in New Zealand. At home, it lost by this margin to Australia in 2002.

10k club awaits a modern-day great

M. S. Dhoni, who began this series with 9902 career ODI runs, has reached 9967 ODI runs and needs only 33 more to become the 12th batsman in ODI history to reach 10000 runs. He will become the fourth Indian, after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, to achieve this feat.

Head-to-head, venue records

India has somehow managed to bridge the head-to-head gap against South Africa, by winning four ODIs to this point. South Africa still holds a huge lead with 46-33, three matches have produced no results.

At SuperSport Park in Centurion, South Africa has won 24 and lost 12 of the 37 matches it has played here. India has won five and lost five of its 12 matches at this venue; it holds a 3-2 win-loss record in six ODIs against Proteas at this venue.