Thu, 22 October 2015
Chennai ODI! India thrash South Africa, level series 2-2
South Africa: 264-9
With a win now out of question Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada aren't under any pressure whatsoever.
The visitors need 43 runs from the final two overs.
Bhuvneshwar ends his spell with impressive figures (10-0-68-3).
Mohit (10-0-48-1) to bowl the final over. He gives away just four runs.
India win by 35 runs to level the five-match series at 2-2.
South Africa: 250-9
A direct hit from Ajinkya Rahane finds Morris (9) short of his crease. Aaron Phangiso joins his captain at the crease.
A six off Mishra helps De Villiers reach his 22nd ODI hundred, his fifth against India.
However, he doesn't survive for long, Kumar having him caught behind for 112. Kumar also accounts for Phangiso (20).
Steyn also succumbs early, caught by Rahane off Kumar.
South Africa: 185-5
Mishra has Behardien (22) out leg before.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is handed the ball in the 33rd over. De Villiers helps himself to three boundaries in the over, the second of which helps him to his 48th ODI fifty, his sixth against India.
Chris Morris joins his captain at the crease. He reverse sweeps Axar for his first boundary.
South Africa: 141-4
In Mishra's second over, AB employs the sweep shot to good effect to get his first boundary - in the 37th ball of his innings.
After 25 overs, South Africa have reached 124 for four. AB cuts loose with a boundary apiece off Axar and Mishra.
Spin, and SA, gets a breather as Mohit replaces Axar (8-0-29-1) in the attack in the 27th over.
A single by De Villiers, off Mishra, helps raise the 50-run partnership for the fifth wicket - off 70 balls.
South Africa: 107-4
There's more trouble for South Africa, as Harbhajan traps Miller (6) plumb in front.
The surface is turning and the Indian spinners are taking advantage of the same.
An edge off Behardien goes to the fence and helps South Africa get past the 100-run mark, in the 21st over.
Amit Mishra replaces Harbhajan (6-0-20-2) in the attack in the 22nd over. He gives away
South Africa: 83-3
AB de Villiers joins Du Plessis in the crease. However, the latter doesn't survive for long, Axar Patel having him caught behind for 17.
David Miller joins his captain at the crease.
Spinners are posing many problems for the South African batsmen here.
South Africa: 68-2
De Kock continues his aggression witha six to the leg side off Kumar.
India make their first bowling change in the 10th over, Harbhajan Singh coming in for Mohit (4-0-27-1). He gives away just a single first up.
It's twin spin with Axar Patel replacing Bhuvneshwar (5-0-35-0) in the attack in the 11th over. He gives away just two runs.
The pressure tells and Harbhajan strikes in his second over, having De Kock (43) caught by Rahane at second slip. De Kock's 35-ball innings was inclusive of six boundaries and a six.
South Africa: 55-1
Mohit strikes in his third over, having Amla (7) caught by Dhawan at midwicket.
Faf du Plessis is the new man in. He starts off with a top edge off Mohit that goes over the keeper's head for a boundary.
A boundary by De Kock, off Mohit, helps the visitors get past the 50-run mark, in the eighth over.
South Africa: 16-0
Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock to open the batting for South Africa and it will be Bhuvneshwar Kumar first up for India. He gives away eight runs, including a boundary to De Kock.
Mohit Sharma to bowl the second over. De Kock smashes the fifth ball to the fence.
Kohli's (138) brilliant innings comes to an end when he is caught behind off Rabada. Kohli's 140-ball innings was inclusive of six hits to the fence and five over it.
In the next ball, Rabada cleans up Harbhajan (0). Rabada ends with impressive figures (10-0-54-3).
Steyn (10-0-61-3) accounts for Dhoni (15) in the final over, caught by counterpart De Villiers at mid-off, and then runs out Bhuvneshwar Kumar off the last ball.
India is restricted to 299 for eight, when a score of over 300 looked likely at one point of time.
Raina (53) finally succumbs, hitting a Steyn delivery straight to De Villiers at midwicket.
Raina's 52-ball knock was inclusive of three boundaries and a six, and he helped Kohli add 127 runs (off just 112 balls) for the fourth wicket.
Captain MS Dhoni gets off the mark with a boundary.
A boundary by Raina, off Morris, helps raise the 100-run partnership for the fourth wicket, in the 39th over.
Another boundary by Raina, off Steyn this time, helps India get past the 250-run mark, in the 43rd over.
A single off Tahir helps Raina complete his 36th ODI fifty, but only his second against South Africa.
Imran Tahir replaces Phangiso (6-0-29-0) in the attack in the 28th over.
A boundary by Kohli, off a Steyn full toss, helps India get past the 150-run mark, in the 29th over.
A boundary by Raina, off Rabada, helps raise the 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket, in the 35th over.
A massive six by Raina, again off Rabada, helps India get past the 200-run mark, in the 37th over.
A six off Phangiso helps Kohli complete his 23rd ODI hundred, his very first against South Africa.
A single by Rahane, off Morris, helps raise the 100-run partnership for the third wicket, in the 25th over. It's been a stand that has helped India recover from their woeful start.
Dale Steyn replaces Morris (7-0-37-1) in the attack in the 27th over. The change works.
Against the run of play Steyn strikes, having Rahane (45) caught behind.
Rahane's 53-ball knock was inclusive of four boundaries and he helped Kohli add 104 runs (off just 110 balls) for the third wicket.
Suresh Raina is the new man in.
Imran Tahir is handed the ball in the 16th over, replacing an expensive Steyn (4-0-24-0). After four dot balls, Kohli smashes the fifth ball to the deep midwicket for a six, the shot bringing up the 50-run partnership for the third wicket.
A single by Rahane, off Phangiso, helps India reach the 100-run mark, in the 19th over.
Farhaan Behardien is handed the ball in the 20th over, replacing Tahir (2-0-14-0). He gives away four runs first up.
A single off Morris helps Kohli complete his 35th ODI fifty, his fifth against South Africa and his second in a row, after his 77 in Rajkot.
Ajinkya Rahane joins Virat at the crease with India in a spot of bother.
Dale Steyn replaces Rabada (4-0-20-1) in the attack in the 10th over. He gives away five runs and India achieve 43 runs from their first 10 overs.
Another bowling change happens in the 11th over, Aaron Phangiso replacing Morris (4-0-16-1) in the attack. He gives away four runs first up.
A single to third man, by Kohli off Steyn, helps India reach the 50-run mark, in the 12th over.
Phangiso's second over ensures the first six of the day, Kohli stepping out and lofting it over the bowler's head.
Steyn's third over is an expensive one, both Kohli and Rahane finding the fence.
Virat Kohli is the new man in.
The dismissal of Rohit has slowed down the pace of the innings.
The pressure tells and a brilliant catch by De Kock ends Dhawan's (7) stay at the crease, Kagiso Rabada being the bowler.
However, just as we say that Morris has Rohit (21) caught by Du Plessis.
Rohit's 19-ball innings was inclusive of four hits to the fence.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live coverage of the fourth ODI between India and South Africa in Chennai.
The news is that India has won the toss and opted to bat first.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have ensured the hosts a good start.