HOPEFUL: SA coach Ottis Gibson

Virat Kohli and his India teammates have knocked South Africa off the top spot in the ODI world rankings.

This after having no moeite to win the fifth ODI against their hosts by 73 runs at St George’s Park on Tuesday night.

Heading into the final match of the series in Centurion on Friday, coach Ottis Gibson’s Proteas have nothing but pride left to play for after already losing the series 4-1.

Gibson, still confident that his team will learn from these defeats, admits that they haven’t been nowhere near their best form in the series.

And he has pinned the blame on their batsmen.

He explains: “We came [here on Tuesday] very optimistic that the series was still there to be drawn.

“To bowl them out for 270 was a great effort by the bowlers - we let ourselves down with the bat.

“There’s not a lot more to say than that - it’s something that we’ve been talking about for five games now.

“We showed at the Wanderers that we could play better than we have done and [at St George’s it] was disappointing.”

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