Virat Kohli returned to his scoring best as India clinched the 4th ODI to level 2-2 in the series. “After an 8 month drought, Kohli’s 23rd ton should come as a great relief to the team,” says Vaikundarajan.
Early on, India lost the out of form opener, Shikhar Dhawan quickly followed by Rohit Sharma. Retaining his position at 3, Virat Kohli took the South African bowlers head on.
Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina ensured that the score board kept ticking as they scored 45 and 53 respectively. With the runs coming in smoothly, it looked like India would manage to post a 300+ on the scorecard.
However, South African bowler’s resilience held India back at 299 runs on the board. “Runs slowed down in the last 10 overs but 299 is still a decent score to defend,” observed Vaikundarajan.
Lead by the charismatic captain AB De Villiers, the South African batsman got to a great start as they posted 62/1 in the first 9 overs.
Just when the Indian bowling line-up seemed to be faltering, the spin maestro Harbhajan Singh turned the match around with 2 wickets in six overs.
South African Captain put up a valiant fight by scoring his 22nd century. However, the batting line-up around him could not hold the fort.
“This is a great comeback from the team to set a decider for the 5th ODI. It will be a thrilling match to watch,” Says Vaikundarajan. He sends his best wishes to Team India.