Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
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Proteas turn to pink in must-win clash

Proteas turn to pink in must-win clash

Questions have been raised about Proteas' ability against wrist spin. If India needs to pouch the series at Johannesburg this Saturday, it will need the trio to contribute in the batting department significantly. Also, spinner chahal and Kuldeep performed well in all three games, and probability of team management considering them key players for 2019 World Cup seems high.

"We have gameplans and they've bowled well enough not to give us balls to play in our gameplan".

India will now aim to clinch the series when they lock horns with South Africa in the fourth ODI on February 10 at the Wanderers Stadium.

The hosts are now trailing the series 0-3 and will look to win at Wanderers to remain in the series. "(Winning all six) is quite a far-fetched thing, we still have three games to go in the series we just want to play like we have played till now and maybe have more intensity in the next game to close the series out", said Kohli who overtook Sourav Ganguly to have most number of centuries to his name as Indian captain.

The good news for South Africa ahead of their crucial fourth ODI is the return of their talismanic batsman AB de Villiers, but the current form of the other batsmen is a worrying sign for the home side. "The AB de Villiers factor, let's put it that way", he added.

"Apart from what he brings on the field, it's what he brings off the field". South Africa's fate and the series hangs in the balance.


India has won only one of its four ODIs here, with that solitary win coming in 2011, when a paltry 190 was successfully defended against South Africa.

The skipper said that it was just outstanding to see the two wrist spinners run through the South African batting line-up and totally spinning a web around the opposition. And in the 14th over, de Villiers walked in to bat at 42/2.

AB de Villiers is likely to be fit with either of Khaya Zondo or the out of form David Miller to make way. Andile Phehlukwayo, 9. Morne Morkel, 10.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli's record innings helped in defeating South Africa on Wednesday. India lost the match by a whopping 141-run margin. The pair came together after Rohit Sharma was caught behind off Rabada in the first over without a run scored. The Baroda all-rounder was promoted in the third game but didn't make the most of the opportunity. Kohli's game is based on nailing the basics and his unique quality is that he is a finisher despite batting in top three and not your typical No 6 or No 7 position (ala Michael Bevan, MS Dhoni). He is the first Indian batsman to have scored 100 runs in a single match without any boundaries.

He made his ODI debut back in 2010 but began to make a mark in the 2013 edition of the ICC Champions Trophy, when he also forged a successful opening partnership with Rohit. India, who has taken a 3-0 lead in the series, has put South Africa under huge pressure in the tournament.

Strictly speaking, the googly is not the only reason South Africa have been outspun.

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