India's indomitable cricket team looks set for a landmark series triumph but an injury-ravaged South Africa would hope for some A B de Villiers magic to halt the visitors' charge in the fourth one-dayer, here on Saturday.The fourth ODI between India and South Africa will be played in Johannesburg and the live broadcast will be shown on Sony Ten Network, starting 4:30 PM. Previously the Men in Blue managed to beat the Proteas in first two ODI's in their 992-93 and in 2010-11 only to lose bilateral series 2-5 and 2-3 in South Africa.
Despite Rohit's woes with the willow, the top order comprising Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli came out all guns blazing in the third ODI, with the captain registering his 34th ODI ton to lift his team to a commanding 303 even after the middle order collapsed. He, however, said that the team would be buoyed by the presence of star batsman AB de Villiers, who returns to the side after missing the first three ODIs.
"I think Cricket South Africa needs to think how they would want to blood and develop the youngsters in order to get them up to the level where they can perform".
". So we'll be fighting for every single ball, every single run out there". However, the hosts are still circumspect about his chances of playing. He's a good player but we know if we bowl well enough to him we could get him out. Every single guy in the team is feeling pressure. "Like I said, no hiding behind it, no excuses - we've just got to play better than India", Morris said.
The hosts will also hope for some respite after de Villiers was, on Thursday, added to their ODI squad for the remaining three matches. One of David Miller or Khaya Zondo will make way for him in the playing XI. The guy's in serious form at the moment, and he's in form anywhere he plays in the world. They are a seriously good one-day unit, a seriously good Test unit and T20 as well. "They do so well at home for a reason with spin bowling".
While giving wholesome credit to their skills, Morris said that if South Africa was in a more dominant position when the spinners came on, it could well herald a much more positive approach against them. With the inclusion de Villiers is expected to regroup the depleted South African and is likely to take his no 3 batting spot. "Centurion was a very flat deck and India would be disappointed that they lost that Test series", Smith summed up. It doesn't matter what you arrive to play on: if it's turning, if it's quick, if it's seaming, it's low and slow - we've just got to play, simple as that.
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