De Villiers back for last three ODIs against India

De Villiers back for last three ODIs against India

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuv Chahal then took four wickets each as India barely broke sweat defending 303. Run Machine Kohli completed his 34th ODI hundred in the 3rd ODI against South Africa and set a record of winning first three matches sequentially against South Africa in South Africa. Predict on Nostragamus now!

With a 3-0 lead in the crucial series, India will go into the fourth game high on confidence. The duo have shared 21 wickets between them in the three matches played so far. However, Cricket South Africa (CSA) will assess De Villiers' fitness on Friday afternoon - 24 hours before the game - before taking a call on his availability for the match.

The match was well over before the stipulated 50 overs as SA crashed to a 124 run defeat.

Many have faulted the inexperience of South Africa's youthful middle-order for the collapses, which is why De Villiers' return can not come soon enough for the Proteas.

The South Africans must be wondering how to stop Kohli and his boys from winning the series 6-0.

The star batsman missed the first three ODIs owing to a finger injury he had sustained during the third Test.

It certainly is tough to visualise how South Africa are going to turn around their fortunes in the course of two days.

Virat heaped praise on the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who shared eight wickets between them, but reserved his comment when asked if they could be a regular in the Test team as well. 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. India won the Test match here earlier against South Africa on a pitch that was deemed to be unsafe.

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One man who can change that narrative is AB de Villiers.

However, her opening partner Poonam Raut has had a quiet series so far and would like to make amends.

India have troubled South Africa with both pace and spin, whether it was Jhulan Goswami in the series-opener or leggie Poonam Yadav in the second ODI. It is not for the first time that India have unleashed two spinners against the opposition in the ODIs but it surely is the first time since, perhaps, 1985 World Championship of Cricket in Australia, that two spinners dominated the middle overs so strongly.

South Africa playing XI: Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram (captain), Heinrich Klaasen (wicketkeeper), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Khaya Zondo, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Imran Tahir.

Ordinarily we find it quite easy to make a case for the outsiders but it is increasingly hard with this South Africa line-up.

In 99 ODIs, Dhawan has made 4200 runs at a batting average of almost 46, with 12 centuries and 25 half-centuries.

About his innings of 160 not out, Virat said: "Every hundred is special".

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