India vs South Africa 4th ODI Full Highlights
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After three excoriating experiences in the one-day series thus far, South Africa need any snippet of optimism they can find as they try to pick themselves up for the remaining three games against India. Fortunately for the hosts, they received the biggest boost they could hope for when it was confirmed that AB de Villiers has recovered from a finger injury and will take his place in the side for Saturday’s (February 10) fourth ODI at the Wanderers.
In the two games since Faf du Plessis was ruled out by his own finger problem, South Africa have lacked an anchor in the middle order against the spin threat of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. “We’ve spoken a lot about how crucial partnerships are, and unfortunately we haven’t had the opportunity to put together partnerships,” JP Duminy said after the heavy defeat at Newlands.
In truth Duminy had the opportunity to put together partnerships in the third ODI during the course of his 51, but was unable to construct anything greater than the second-wicket stand of 78 with Aiden Markram. There appears to be a lack of confidence among the batsmen, who look like a collection of individuals adrift at sea. The return of de Villiers might just be the life raft that they need to regather themselves into a batting unit.
Of course, they will also need to find ways of playing the spin twins better, but it will help a great deal if de Villiers – or one of the other senior batsmen – can take pressure off at one end.
Then there is the issue of Virat Kohli, who has made the Proteas attack look toothless. But South Africa know that they were close to dismissing him early in his innings in both Durban and Cape Town, and feel that if they can get past the Indian captain then they can test a middle order that is yet to be put under pressure.
That is the positive way of looking at the situation, anyway. Another plus-point is that South Africa have won all five Pink ODIs, and the occasion has often spurred them on to some of their best performances. They will need one if they are going to change the course of a series that has been embarrassingly one-sided up until now.
When: Saturday, February 10. 13:00 local time, 16:30 IST.
Where: The Wanderers, Johannesburg.
What to expect: While there is some rain forecast for Johannesburg on the day of the game, it is only expected to be a sprinkle in the morning and another one later at night. The cricket might escape both. As far as the pitch is concerned, the Wanderers is usually excellent for batting in one-day cricket. After the embarrassment of the Test match here, groundsman Bethuel Buthelezi and consultant Chris Scott will have been working overtime to ensure a one-day pitch that is more in line with the ground’s reputation. If there is a bit of rain around, then there could be more on offer for the seamers.
AB de Villiers’s return will add some authority to the middle order, and leave no space for Khaya Zondo. Morne Morkel could return after he was rested at Newlands – either in place of Kagiso Rabada or Lungi Ngidi. The selectors must then decide whether to give Tabraiz Shamsi an opportunity in place of Imran Tahir, who has failed to make an impact on the series thus far.
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.
With all of Virat Kohli’s talk of maintaining their intensity, it looks highly unlikely that India will make any changes for this game.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
Did you know?
– The average score batting first in day-night ODIs at the Wanderers in 11 games since 2007 is 234. In comparison, the average score batting first in day games during the same period in 334.
– Virat Kohli has four hundreds in his last six ODIs, and one of the innings that didn’t yield a century was the unbeaten 46 at Centurion. But this is not even his best run of form – in early 2012 he made four hundreds in five innings. The run started in Hobart, and continued in Dhaka and Hambantota.
– AB de Villiers’s record in pink ODIs is remarkable. In the five games to date he has struck 450 runs at an average of 112.5. The highlight was his record-shattering 149 off 44 balls against West Indies three years ago.
– Shikhar Dhawan will be playing his 100th ODI. His tally of 4200 runs is the highest by an Indian player after the first 99 ODIs in the career.
What they said:
“Obviously it’s do or die for us now. If we lose one more, that’s the series gone. So we’ll be fighting for every single ball, every single run out there. Yes, there’s lot of pressure but what’s cricket without pressure? It’s boring.” – Chris Morris
“There are at times when bowlers have to be defensive when batsmen are on top. But I think these bowlers [wrist spinners] have really understood their roles and the conditions well. I can only say they’ve performed exceptionally well.” – Bharat Arun
India (From): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur
South Africa (From): Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram(c), AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Heinrich Klaasen(w), David Miller, Khaya Zondo, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Lungisani Ngidi, Farhaan Behardien, Morne Morkel, Tabraiz Shamsi