Chennai ODI: India beat South Africa by 35 runs, level series 2-2
A solid 138 by Virat Kohli and a much-needed 50 by Suresh Raina helped India to a total of 299/8 in the first innings of the fourth ODI against South Africa in Chennai on Thursday.sports Updated: Oct 22, 2015 22:04 IST
44.3 W Bhuvneshwar Kumar to AB de Villiers
OUT! This could well be the match! Kumar bangs in a short ball on middle, de Villiers tries to hook it across the line but gets a thick outside edge behind to the keeper. Dhoni makes no mistake and the finger goes up. The crowd is delighted but is cheering for AB as well. He raises his bat before heading back to the pavilion.
38.1 W Mohit Sharma to Chris Morris
OUT run out (Ajinkya Rahane). South Africa have lost their sixth wicket.
31.5 W Amit Mishra to Farhaan Behardien
OUT! Mishra eventually gets his man! This time the umpire raises his finger! Tossed up ball on off, Behardien strides forward to defend but misses and gets rapped on his pads. Mishra appeals and umpire gives it.
17.6 W Harbhajan Singh to David Miller
OUT! Got him... yes gone! Bhajji is on a roll here! Tossed up delivery around middle and off, Miller lunges forward to defend but misses the line and gets rapped on the pads right in front of the stumps. Bhajji asks for an lbw appeal, S Ravi raises his dreaded finger in no time. Miller walks back and SA in some trouble now.
14.4 W Axar Patel to du Plessis
OUT! Edged and a sharp catch! Axar bowls a loopy delivery around middle and of, spinning away after pitching, du Plessis looks to defend but the ball takes an outside edge. Dhoni behind, takes a good catch and they all go up and the umpire raises his finger. Du Plessis was unhappy with this decision but replays show there was a clean edge there.
11.3 W Harbhajan Singh TO de Kock
OUT! Got him! Bhajji strikes! Tossed up around off, lures him to drive and de Kock does exactly that. The ball takes the outside edge and flies back. Rahane at second slip grabs hold of that catch.
5.1 W Mohit Sharma to Hashim Amla
OUT! Amla perishes! Short ball on middle, Amla hangs back and looks to clear mid-wicket with his pull shot. The ball however comes off the inner half of the bat and as a result the ball goes straight to mid-wicket. Dhawan there jumps a bit and grabs hold of the catch. India get their first.
Virat Kohli smashed 138 off 140 balls to lift India to 299-8 in their must-win fourth ODI against South Africa in Chennai on Thursday.
With the series standing at 2-1 in favour of the Proteas, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men need a win to stay afloat in the five-match series.
Kohli struck six boundaries and five sixes in his 23rd one-day hundred after India won the toss and elected to bat in the day-night match at the Chidambaram stadium. It was Kohli’s first century in one-day cricket after 13 innings since scoring a match-winning 107 against Pakistan in the World Cup match in Adelaide in February.
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Left-hander Suresh Raina overcame his poor run of 3, 0, 0 in the previous three matches to score 53 off 52 balls and share a fourth-wicket stand of 127 with Kohli.
South Africa claimed five wickets for 33 runs to restrict the scoring at the end after India were cruising at 266-3 in the 45th over. Fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada picked up three wickets each.
South Africa got off to a flying start by removing openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan by the eighth over to reduce India to 35-2.
Ajinkya Rahane joined Kohli to retrieve the situation with a 104-run partnership for the third wicket, before Steyn broke their stand. Wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock, who had taken a superb diving catch down the leg side to remove Dhawan, also picked up an inside edge off Rahane who made 45.
Kohli reached his century by lofting left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso for a straight six in the 38th over, but managed just 38 runs in the next 10 overs against steady bowling by the Proteas.
India retained the same side which lost the previous match in Rajkot, while South Africa were forced to make two changes due to injuries to all-rounder JP Duminy and fast bowler Morne Morkel, who were replaced by fast bowler Chris Morris and slow left-armer Aaron Phangiso.
The match was officiated by Indian umpires at both ends after the International Cricket Council withdrew Aleem Dar of Pakistan for the last two games in Chennai and in Mumbai on Sunday due to security concerns. The right-wing Shiv Sena party, known for its anti-Pakistan stand, had threatened to stop Dar from umpiring in the Mumbai match.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni(captain, wicketkeeper), Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Mohit Sharma, Amit Mishra
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), David Miller, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (captain), Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Aaron Phangiso
First Published: Oct 22, 2015 13:24 IST