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SA seek change in direction as De Villiers returns

10 February 2018

It was 34th ODI hundred for the Indian captain. Kohli now boasts of 12 hundreds as skipper but in only 43 innings.

It is a comment on SA's uncertainties in their one-day series against India that the return of AB de Villiers to the fold is not unqualified good news.

Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.

South Africa would be hoping that changing their jersey colour bring some change in their fortune and here's hoping for a fantastic contest, which can liven up the mood. Morne Morkel too is not a part of the team and Lungi Ngidi will make his ODI debut. Andile Phehlukwayo was included ahead of Tabraiz Shamsi as the hosts played only full-time spinner.

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India are expected to stick with an unchanged side after winning comprehensively in Durban, Centurion and Cape Town. With top order giants like Hashim Amla failing to give the team a good start and a constant failure of the fragile middle order in the absence of Faf du Plessis after the first ODI itself, South Africa has failed to cross even the 200 mark twice in the ongoing series.

The Indian opener will become just the fourth player in the current squad to play 100 one-day internationals, after Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit Sharma. He immediately asked for DRS review, which showed an inside edge and the decision was overturned. They will also have to find a way past Virat Kohli, who has stacked up 318 runs in the series so far and been dismissed only once.

India's Smriti Mandhana smashed 135 as they reached 302/3 after being put in to bat first.

On Wednesday, India trumped the Proteas by a whopping 124 runs. Their only cause for cheer against the Proteas here came in January 2011, when Munaf Patel took 4-29 to lead India to a thrilling one-run win. They do so well at home for a reason with spin bowling.

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India have taken an unassailable lead in the series, with Kuldeep and Chahal contributing handsomely. Only the veteran JP Duminy could withstand the opposition's advances for an extended period.

Earlier in the day, South Africa had won and toss and chose to have a bowl.

The fourth ODI of the series is the sold out pink game at the Wanderers, since its inception the Proteas have not lost a Pink ODI. MS Dhoni (10) then stemmed the down-curve and added 40 runs with Kohli.

"It's do-or-die and we're going to fight every single ball". Duminy, who returned to form with his 25th ODI fifty, soon followed when Chahal joined the fun trapping the well-set batsman in the 22nd over.

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The India skipper found an able ally in Bhuvneshwar Kumar (16*), who came to the crease after Kedar Jadhav (1) departed in the 43 over.