Virat Kohli stars with the bat as India punish South Africa

10 February, 2018, 04:39 | Author: Laura Christensen

On India's tour of South Africa, Virat Kohli has pulled further away from the pack of contemporary batsmen and into increasingly rarefied heights. Leading the visitors' charge in each of the 3 matches in the ongoing series, Indian skipper Virat Kohli will remain the protagonist of the Men in Blue at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

Skipper Virat Kohli struck an unbeaten 160 as India thumped South Africa in the third one-day worldwide in Cape Town and went 3-0 up in the six-match series.

"You always want to get the main dog out in a team. It's natural pressure. If we lose one more, that's the series gone", Morris said on the eve of the match.

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.

". So we'll be fighting for every single ball, every single run out there". The guy's in serious form at the moment, and he's in form anywhere he plays in the world. We know we've under performed, and we know the way we've lost hasn't been good.

Despite practicing with local wrist spinners at Newlands, the Proteas' batting line-up still collapsed against the Indian spin duo, with both Chahal and Kuldeep taking four wickets apiece.

"I wouldn't say there are any new plans to be very honest".

"I don't think he is feeling any added pressure". "That's probably the biggest thing".

"I don't think there are any major plans with different techniques and different tactics against the spinners". I think there will be a lot more video work done, lots of guys watching the hand, watching the ball and I think just maybe change our options.

"We're not panicking, hitting more balls - it's not panic station". As far as I know, AB is playing tomorrow.

South Africa's batsmen haven't been able to deal with the flight or turn and Morris conceded it was "possible" they had not been reading the spin well. "May be keep them in the system (academy or domestic cricket) a bit longer", Smith said, as reported by India Today.

Going in to the fourth ODI, India's only concern will be the consecutive failures of opener Rohit Sharma, but not so much that Kohli will tinker with the winning combination in the crucial game.

To a question on whether he believed his side could score runs against them, Morris grinned, "Absolutely".

Morris said that South Africa were not too far off from victory in the first three matches despite the scoreline saying something else.

South African squad: Aiden Markram (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen (wkt), David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khaya Zondo.

"It's a game of centimetres and millimetres at the moment". "They do so well at home for a reason with spin bowling".

"I think every single cricketer is hoping for an old Wanderers wicket because they were quite nice to bat on. Centurion was a very flat deck and India would be disappointed that they lost that Test series", Smith summed up. So a lot of pressure but what's cricket without pressure? Simple as that, we've just got to be better.



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