Entering the fourth One Day International between India and South Africa, the host team had won one of the five matches with South Africa having won two matches. India played well, with the excellent boost of Virat Kohli to equalize the One Day International score to 2 – 2.
South Africa may have started off strong, but once India introduced the spinners, South Africa took a knock and could not raise itself up again. Although AB de Villiers reached his 22nd One Day International century during the fourth of the five matches, it was not enough to bring the team to a win after Virat Kohli had scored 138.
The match ended with India on 299 for 8, and South Africa on 264 for 9. The winning Indian team took the game by 35 runs. Kohli scored 138 runs and Suresh Raina scored 53.
With India’s total, South Africa would need to work hard to win. Unfortunately for the South African team, they simply could not win, and rather equalized the series. The only batter of distinction on the South African side was de Villiers with his score of 112 runs.
This was the first match in which Kohli managed to score a One Day International century against the South African team. It was also his first century in 14 innings that he had achieved since the World Cup.
Although the Indian team ended the match just shy of 300 runs, it was their highest total since the series began. The 299 runs in combination with the team’s spinners created an excellent combination of batting and bowling to win the match.
With the first four games completed, and an even score, the series is likely to come to an exciting finish when the final match is played on Sunday.