Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

De Villiers back for last three ODIs against India

De Villiers back for last three ODIs against India

His 12 centuries have come in only 43 innings compared to Ganguly's 143.

Records kept tumbling as his innings progressed. Kohli hit his second century of the series and the 34th one-day worldwide hundred of his career.

AB de Villiers' return will boost the morale of the South African side, who are 3-0 down in the 6-match series. Ricky Ponting, with 283 runs in 2001-02, was the previous best. It proved more than enough to surpass the unbeaten 154 gathered against New Zealand in Mohali in 2016, but couldn't beat the marvelous 183 struck against Pakistan in Dhaka in 2012.

Kohli said the duo has been fearless in going after wickets even at the risk of conceding a few runs.

Virat Kohli produced yet another batting masterclass to score his 34th ODI century and second of the ongoing series against South Africa. The Proteas made three changes to their playing eleven after the Centurion defeat. India fielded an unchanged side again.

After being invited to bat, India faced a severe blow in the last delivery of the very first over with Rohit Sharma departing for a duck. If the South Africans can not adjust to the spin, this will likely be a recursive feature in the fourth ODI as well. He was his usual self as he drove the ball well through the covers and down the ground, used the crease to great effect shuffling around and scooping the ball over fine leg, slashing over point and third-man and slog-sweeping over mid-wicket. Umpire Ian Gould had to overturn his decision when an ultra-edge replay showed a spike as the ball passed the bat.

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The skipper has so far scored 318 runs in three matches. Momentarily though, India's run-rate dipped below 5/over as Chris Morris (1-45) exerted some control over proceedings.

100 - Shikhar Dhawan will feature in his 100th ODI game on Saturday. So we'll be fighting for every single ball, every single run out there.

Back in 2015-16, as India failed to defend multiple small 300s, Glenn Maxwell famously said batsmen slowing down near their centuries was costing India those extra 20-30 runs. He was struck in line and JP Duminy advised him against taking a review. In fact, it was stand-in skipper Aiden Markram who did all the hard work and took a stunning diving catch to dismiss Dhawan who had danced down to the part-timer.

Why did South Africa field first after winning the toss on Wednesday considering teams batting first had won 23 of the 29 other day/night ODIs played at Newlands? You wondered what might have happened had Ajinkya Rahane played the entire Test series.

The fourth ODI of the series is the sold out pink game at the Wanderers, since its inception the Proteas have not lost a Pink ODI. Dhoni has a chance to complete his 10,000-odd runs in ODIs in this series in this series.

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