- Hosts South Africa kept alive the six-match ODI series against India after securing a victory in the fourth ODI at The Wanderers Stadium (Johannesburg).
India decided to bat first after winning the toss in that ‘Pink ODI’. With the help of a brilliant century by the opener Shikhar Dhawan and another great captaincy knock by Virat Kohli, India managed to put 289/7 on the board at the end of 50 overs.
During the second innings, a rain-interruption changed the equation as South Africa needed to chase down 202 runs in 28 overs. Before the rain-interruption, South Africa was batting on 43/1 in 7.2 overs. With the help of some solid knocks by the middle order batsmen, South Africa successfully chased down their revised target in 25.3 overs after losing 5 wickets.
South Africa won this ODI by 5 wickets. However, the hosts are still behind in the six-match ODI series by the 1-3 margin.
Brief Scores: India – 289/7 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 109, Virat Kohli 75, Lungi Ngidi 2/52)
South Africa (Target as per D/L method: 202 runs in 28 overs) – 207/5 in 25.3 overs (Heinrich Klaasen 43*, David Miller 39, Kuldeep Yadav 2/51)
Result – South Africa won by 5 wickets (D/L method)
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
- Indian captain Virat Kohli scored 75 runs.
i) Second highest knock by an Indian ODI captain at The Wanderers Stadium (Johannesburg). The best knock by an Indian ODI skipper at this venue is 127 by Sourav Ganguly against South Africa on 5th October 2001.
- At the end of this match, Virat Kohli’s ODI career runs were 9,423.
i) Fifth highest ODI run-scorer for India. Virat Kohli surpassed Mohammad Azharuddin (9,378 runs) in the most ODI run-scorer table for India.
- Indian batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli’s 158 runs partnership for the second wicket.
i) Third highest ODI partnership for India against South Africa on the South African soil. The top two in this list are: 193 runs partnership (for the opening wicket) between Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar at Johannesburg on 5th October 2001 and 189 runs partnership (for the third wicket) between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane at Durban on 1st February 2018.
ii) Joint second highest ODI partnership by any team for the second wicket against South Africa on the South African soil. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) had also put 158 runs partnership for the second wicket against South Africa at Centurion on 22nd September 2009. The record is 257 runs partnership for the second wicket between Abdul Razzaq and Saleem Elahi (Pakistan) against South Africa at Port Elizabeth on 11th December 2002.
- Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan’s century (109) on his hundredth ODI.
i) First Indian to score a century on his 100th ODI match.
ii) Ninth overall batsmen to score a century on his 100th ODI match. The other eight batsmen were: Gordon Greenidge (West Indies), Chris Cairns (New Zealand), Yousuf Yohana (Pakistan), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Marcus Trescothick (England), Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies) and David Warner (Australia).
iii) Also, it was the second highest ODI knock by an Indian batsman at The Wanderers Stadium (Johannesburg). The best ODI knock by an Indian batsman on this ground is 127 by Sourav Ganguly against South Africa on 5th October 2001.
- India scored 289/7 at the end of 50 overs.
i) India’s second highest ODI total against South Africa on the South African soil. India’s record is 303/6 (50 overs) at Cape Town in the previous ODI of this series (on 7th February 2017).
ii) India’s second highest ODI total at The Wanderers Stadium (Johannesburg). India’s record in this venue is 292/6 (50 overs) against Sri Lanka on 10th March 2003.
- Four South African bowlers conceded 50+ runs in this match.
i) It was the first time when more than three South African bowlers conceded 50+ runs in an ODI innings against India on the South African soil.
ii) In the overall venue, it was the seventh time when four or more South African bowlers conceded 50+ runs in an ODI innings against India.
iii) It was the 13th time when four or more South African bowlers conceded 50+ runs in an ODI innings on their home soil.
- South African wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen remained unbeaten on 43 runs.
i) Highest ODI knock in the second innings by a South African wicketkeeper-batsman against India on their home soil. The previous record holder was Mark Boucher with 38 runs knock at Centurion on 10th October 2001.
i) South Africa retained their unbeaten records in the ‘Pink ODI’. It was South Africa’s sixth ‘Pink ODI’ encounter and they have won all their encounters.