Preview: Beaming in confidence after three consecutive wins, India will press hard to pocket a historic ODI series when they face a depleted South Africa, who will hope for some AB de Villiers' magic in the fourth one-dayer at the New Wanderers Stadium here on Saturday.
As soon as they heard the news, the BCCI was reminded of this other group of Indian sportspeople that was now in South Africa representing the nation in the ODI series. With his first ball, the tall pacer got one to bounce a bit more and Kohli's intended slap into the covers only found Miller as the Bullring noise level reached a crescendo.
That India were able to reach 289/7 was exclusively down to MS Dhoni's effort of 42* off 43 balls.
India might have still thought they had enough when South Africa began their chase, but the second stoppage occurred just as Bumrah got Markram lbw to leave South Africa 43 for 1 in 7.2 overs.
While the spinners were being smacked all over the park, with Kuldeep taking 2 for 51 in his full quota of six overs, and Chahal returning 1 for 68 in 5.3 overs, in a odd bit of captaincy, Virat Kohli left three of his pacers' overs unused, with Jasprit Bumrah having 1 for 21 in five overs and Bhuvneshwar Kumar giving up 27 runs in four overs. For India it will be an opportunity to script history by winning first ever ODI series in South Africa against the Proteas, a feat previously achieved by only Australia.
When David Miller was bowled while trying to hit an incoming delivery from leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, the visitors must have thought that the match was as good as in the bag.
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Kohli supported him, hitting his 75 off 83 balls to continue a run of red-hot form this series, which India had completely dominated until Saturday.
The onslaught was started and probably inspired by AB de Villiers when he hit two sixes in an over.
The star batsman missed the first three ODIs owing to a finger injury he had sustained during the third Test. De Villiers showcased true masterclass as he took the attack back to opponent's camp in his 26-run off 18 deliveries innings.
Earlier, Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan made a strokeful 109 runs playing his 100th ODI.
Dhawan also became the first Indian batsman to score a hundred in his 100th ODI. India has managed to be on the better side right now and are leading the series with 3-0.
The match played before a capacity crowd at Cape Town again resulted in an SA defeat.
Having already won 3 ODIs, Virat Kohli-led India will clash against South Africa for the 4th time with the aim to seal the series. South Africa are huge ambassadors of spreading awareness of health related causes in sport.