Bhuvneshwar Catch
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Photo credit GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

It turned out to be a lightening day quite literally at Johannesburg as India locked horns with South Africa in the 4th ODI. When the top two sides in world cricket meet, you are pretty much sure to witness brilliance. And that is what exactly happened in the Proteas innings.

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India player ratings: Kuldeep Yadav was picked three. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Kuldeep Yadav, who had 10 wickets to his name before the start of the 4th game, took the vital wicket of Hashim Amla. Standing at long-off, Bhuvneshwar Kumar got hold of the ball while he was very close to the boundary ropes. He did balance it well after tossing the ball up in the air to register a stellar catch. It seemed Amla just looked to chip the ball but it flew off the blade.

Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla has been consistent for South Africa while opening the innings. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

Proteas struggle against spin

The hosts had struggled against the wrist spinners in the first three games and this was no different. A few edges here and there coupled with some lusty drives did help South Africa get off to a decent start but once Kuldeep got into his groove, it became difficult for the pink brigade. The home side has never lost a pink ODI so far, and have kept a clean record of 5 wins out of 5 games.

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India player rating: Shikhar Dhawan smashed a fine fifty. Photo Credit: BCCI.

But India had other plans and they executed the same from the very start. Opener Shikhar Dhawan scored a gutsy hundred and skipper Virat Kohli contributed with a stylish 75. An unbeaten 43-ball 42 from MS Dhoni was enough to help India post 289/7 on the board.

Dhawan clearly walked the talk. As ahead of the previous game, he had said that he is in a better space and hinted at big scores. And he couldn’t have asked for a better occasion than his 100th ODI match.”We have a lot of experience. For instance, this is my second tour to South Africa, so I was better equipped for this tour, mentally and skill-wise. That plays a big role,” Dhawan said.

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