IND vs SA: Milestones in sight for Dhoni

Dhoni needs only two more dismissals to reach the 400-mark as a wicketkeeper in ODIs. He needs 98 more to reach the 10,000-run mark.

M.S. Dhoni is inching closer to major landmarks in ODI.   -  PTI

A resurgent India, following its 6-wicket win over the host in Durban, will take on a depleted South Africa in the second ODI at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday. The Proteas will miss skipper Faf Du Plessis and the dangerous AB de Villiers and might find it hard to stop the Indian juggernaut, which has managed a sensational turnaround after losing the first two Test matches of the tour.

Virat Kohli led the team from the front to secure a 63-run win in the third Test before seeing his team through in the first ODI with a stylish 112.

Let us look at the statistics that matter ahead of the second One-Day International:

Overall head-to-head

India has an inferior head-to-head record in ODIs against South Africa, which has won 45 of the 78 matches; the six-wicket win in Durban was India’s 30th overall against the Proteas. Only three ODIs have failed to produce a result. India has won only six ODIs against South Africa (in 29 matches) in its den.

The SuperSport Park has hosted five ODI matches between South Africa and India with both the teams winnings two matches apiece. One match produced no result.

Resurgent Rahane nearing landmark

A surprise inclusion in the India playing XI for the first ODI, Rahane needs another 99 runs to reach 3000 ODI runs. He will become the 20th Indian batsman to reach this feat.

Major milestones for Dhoni

M.S. Dhoni is on the cusp two massive records, one as a batsman and another as a stumper: 

He is 98 short of reaching 10,000 runs in ODI. He will become just the fourth Indian batsman and 12th overall to achieve this feat.

With the gloves, he needs only two more dismissals to reach the 400-mark as a wicketkeeper in ODIs. Only Kumar Sangakkara (SL, 482), Adam Gilchrist (AUS, 472) and Mark Boucher (SA, 424) are ahead of him.

ODI cap Nos. 124, 125 for South Africa?

With Faf du Plessis ruled out, Khayelihle Zondo is among the batsmen who might replace his captain in the batting line-up.

On the bowling front, Lungi Ngidi, who made his Test debut at his home ground — the SuperSport Park, may make his ODI debut at the same venue as well.

Should these players get the nod, they will become ODI cap Nos. 124 and 125 for South Africa.

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