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Virat Kohli’s side on Top despite AB de Villiers ton

India take on South Africa in the fourth ODI at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Trailing 1-2, India need a win to stay alive in the five-match ODI series.

A must needed win for India and MS Dhoni against South Africa. India beat South Africa by 35 runs and square the series 2-2, with one game to go
Earlier Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat first.Indian opener looking comfetable but Rohit sharma not control the shot find the du plessis on mid wicket in 5th over . After Rabada struck again Shikhar Dhawan unable to pull the shot. De Kock behind the wicket done a good a job and caught a brilliant catch of Shikhar Dhawan.

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After that Rahane, who seems to be batting at a new position every match, came in at no. 4 and shared a vital 104-run stand with the vice-captain. Although, not many boundaries were hit, the duo scored freely and ensured India was always on the ascendancy. Rahane fell against the run of play in the 26th over when he under-edged Dale Steyn to de Kock five runs away from his deserving-fifty.

The end of the alliance brought in Suresh Raina, who was batting at his preferred No. 5 position. The return to his usual position saw Raina flourish. The left-hander took on the pacers and helped the home side quickly overcome their third setback. Kohli, meanwhile, had settled into a nice rhythm and rotated the strike well.

Other end India’s Virat Kohli achieved yet another milestone in his One Day International (ODI) career when he surpassed former captain Sourav Ganguly and moved to 2nd spot, behind batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Kohli struck his 23rd hundred (138 runs off 140 balls with 6 fours and 5sixes) in 50-over internationals to move past Ganguly, Chris Gayle (West Indies) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka) in the all-time century-makers list.

while Raina notched up his fifty in the 44th over, but his stay only lasted for four more deliveries. He was out caught for a 52-ball 53. Much to the crowd’s delight, MS Dhoni walked out next with the stage perfect for his pyrotechnics. When he slammed his first ball for four, it looked like more fireworks would follow, but India lost Kohli, Harbhajan Singh (0), Dhoni (15) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0) in quick succession and ended with 299/8 – scoring just the solitary six (Kohli) and no fours in the last five overs.

on chasing 299 runs South african opner find quick start but The chase did not go according to plan early on for South Africa as Amla hit Mohit straight to Dhawan. de Kock was looking very good, but he perished soon after the introduction of Harbhajan. du Plessis didn’t last long either as he edged Axar to Dhoni.

after taht left hander Miller failed to impress once again and Behardien failed to convert a start. However, de Villiers was growing strong at one end and at one stage it appeared as if he would single-handedly take the Proteas home. Soon after he completed his 22nd ODI hundred, Bhuvneshwar removed him and South Africa could never really recover from the blow. Eventually, Dhoni’s boys sealed the contest by 35 runs, but the captain would have ideally wanted his bowlers to bowl the opposition out. Bhuvi bagged three wickets, while Harbhajan picked up two. Mohit, Axar and Mishra bagged a wicket each.

 Brief Scorecard:- India 299/8 in 50 Overs Virat Kohli 138 (140) Suresh Raina 53 (52) Ajinkya Rahane 45 (53) , Dale Steyn (3/61)

South Africa 264/9 in 50 overs AB de Villiers 112 (107) de Kock 43 (35) B. Kumar (3/68) H. singh (2/50) , India won by 35 Runs.

#Virat kohli was the Man-of-the-match for his out standing hundred