No respite as South Africa bowlers continue to struggle vs India

Lynette Rowe
February 14, 2018

Even if South Africa win the sixth and final ODI on Friday in Centurion, India will remain No 1 on 121 points, while South Africa will end on 119 points, the ICC said in a statement.

Shreyas Iyer has been showing the elements of an global batsman, but he has failed to strike big as he edged Ngidi to Klaasen behind the wicket just when it seemed that he was building the platform for a late innings flourish.

The top three of Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli contributed four centuries, three half-centuries and almost 900 runs between them in the five games. But just as the duo looked set to march India to a score near 350, Virat was run-out after yet another mix-up with Rohit. Ngidi took four wickets for South Africa which started the chase very well as the openers put on 52 runs.

David Miller (36) and Heinrich Klaasen (39) could not convert the start they got initially.

Rohit who won the man-of-the-match award dedicated the hundred to his wife on Valentine's day. However, things went down south for the visitors when an indecision in running led to the run out of Kohli, bringing an end to a 105-run stand for the second wicket. Rohit's 115 (off 126 balls) carried India to 274 for 7, a total they looked likely to exceed before Lungi Ngidi burst through with four wickets in the last eight overs, including Rohit's.

The highest total recorded on this ground was posted by Pakistan in 2002 against South Africa.

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Lungi Ngidi, had other ideas, however.

Dhoni, who scored 42 runs in 43 balls couldn't stop India from losing the fourth ODI as South Africa kept series alive with a win. Their sloppiness cost them the chance of completing a maiden bilateral-series whitewash against South Africa, and also some momentum leading into the T20Is.

India were unchanged, while South Africa picked left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi in place of all-rounder Chris Morris, who has a back strain.

India have opted for an unchanged playing XI.

South Africa chased down a revised target of 202, ultimately easily, after David Miller was bowled off a no-ball, given a life, and used it crack a match-turning 39 from 28 balls. Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 1 HD will provide the coverage live in English commentary.

India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vice-capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Shardul Thakur.

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