Mid innings: SA vs Ind (4th ODI): Dhawan and Kohli took India to 289
By Aditya Pratap - Feb 10, 2018 3:57 pm
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It was the Pink Day at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg where India and South Africa played the fourth One-Day International of six-match series. India is already in the pole position to win the series as they are 3-0 up in the series and a win or washout can hand them their first-ever ODI series win in the rainbow nation.


Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first and named Shreyas Iyer in the team in place of Kedar Jadhav. On the other hand, AB de Villiers returned in the playing XI and Morne Morkel’s inclusion formed an all-pace bowling attack.

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Rohit Sharma’s never-ending trouble in South Africa didn’t end in Johannesburg either. Kagiso Rabada dismissed him again with a stunning return catch in his follow-through. Virat Kohli’s never-ending thrust for runs was seen here again and he shared 158 runs for the second wicket with Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 109 in his hundredth ODI match.

The wicket of Kohli (75) opened up the floodgates for Proteas, which took Ajinkya Rahane and Dhawan with itself. Iyer (18) failed to leave impact on this give chance and so does Hardik Pandya, who was undone by Aiden Markram’s screamer.

Dhoni played a handy knock down the order and remained not out on 42. India’s innings finished at 289/7 in the allotted over. If want to stay alive in the series, South African batting has to show some temperament to chase 290 runs down.