Sublime Virat Kohli guides India to crushing win against South Africa

Kagiso Rabada

Kagiso Rabada

Probable XI: Aiden Markram (capt), Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada/Lungi Ngidi, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

One man that has been the source of entertainment in previous years has been de Villiers, whose return for the must-win fourth ODI is a timely one. "He is one of the world's best players in one-day cricket. I was overall very pleased with how the team performed", he added.

His addition is the only change in South Africa's squad. In his career of four decades as a player, commentator and coach, a series win in South Africa has not happened for India. This was for the first time India registered three consecutive ODI wins on South African soil.

The hosts lost the third ODI by 124 runs to surrender an unassailable 3-0 lead in the six-match series. But I think these bowlers [wrist spinners] have really understood their roles and the conditions well. "After the third time we have played them the guys are still struggling to read the ball". It's a special occasion and we've got a lot of emotional attachment to the game.

"Look at the moment, we are all under pressure. They've outplayed us in all departments", he added.

India earned yet another victory in the ongoing ODI series, going 3-0 up after the spinners put in another excellent performance.

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"It doesn't matter what you arrive to play on: if it's turning, if it's quick, if it's seaming, it's low and slow, we've just got to play", said Morris. "It's pretty obvious that we haven't played their spinners well enough", he said.

"It is do or die, if we lose one more that is the series gone". India's bowling has clicked excellently in the three matches so far, with the wrist spin duo of leggie Yuzvendra Chahal and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, accounting for 21 out of the 30 wickets.

India returns to the venue where it has tasted much of its Test success in South Africa, the Wanderers in Johannesburg. When Shikhar Dhawan was batting, my job was to take singles.And keep rotating the strike, to be able to get the partnership going. In fact, he creates chances from nowhere and helps Indian cricket team by taking wicket purely because of his master class behind the stumps. It has been a great tradition playing in pink, it is for a good cause and we are lucky as cricketers to do what we do and be healthy. Batsmen have found it hard to tackle them. That Shastri was one of them in 1985 is just a coincidence but Kuldeep and Chahal have taken their art of deception to another level from where they could even beat the best of technology. "Once you become comfortable with picking their deliveries, that's when you can play with confidence, with ease, with freedom".

159 - Virat Kohli's 159-ball innings in the 3rd match is the longest ODI innings by an Indian except openers.

Once again the onus has been on Team India skipper Virat Kohli so far, who has led from the front and has done that with authority. You have to take the opportunities when it comes, especially in the first 20 balls.

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