India's Port Elizabeth hoodoo, Dhawan's purple patch and more

India has lost all five matches played at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth - four of those have been against South Africa and one came against Kenya during a triangular series back in 2001.

Shikhar Dhawan has been a fantastic opener for India and he is on the threshold of a major personal landmark.   -  Getty Images

India’s failure to close out the series in Johannesburg has kept South Africa's comeback dream alive. Now, as the two teams prepare to lock horns at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth - in what will be a must-win encounter for the host - we take a look at how the numbers stack up.

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India has lost all five matches played at the venue - four of those have been against South Africa and one came against Kenya during a triangular series back in 2001.

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Dhawan's purple patch

If Shikhar Dhawan racks up yet another half-century on Tuesday, the Delhi southpaw would have scored four consecutive ODI fifties for the first time in his 100-match career. His current run of scores reads 51*, 76 and 109.

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He has, until now, managed three consecutive scores of 50+ in ODIs on three separate occasions but has never managed four in a row.

India’s goal the same

India continues to chase its maiden ODI series victory on South African soil. The only other full-member nation against which India is yet to win a bilateral ODI series is Australia in Australia, though it has only ever played one bilateral limited-overs series against it in its backyard (January 2016).

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South Africa hasn’t lost an ODI series at home since 2013, when Pakistan reigned supreme 1-2 in a three-match series.

Overall head to head

After three consecutive defeats, the Aiden Markram -  led unit stemmed the tide by winning its 46th ODI against India in Johannesburg. The head-to-head now stands 46-32 in South Africa's favour with 81 matches having been played between the two teams.