Chennai: Virat Kohli slammed a brilliant 138 before the Indian bowlers produced an impressive performance as the hosts comfortably beat South Africa by 35 runs to level the series 2-2, here on Thursday. (India vs South Africa Fourth ODI: Highlights)
Courtesy Kohli’s century, India piled up a commendable 299 for eight in 50 overs and then restricted South Africa to 264 for 9 despite a classy hundred by their captain AB de Villiers. (Scorecard)
In the end, Kohli’s 23rd ODI hundred proved to be a shade better effort than De Villiers’ 22nd ton in the final context of the match. If Kohli’s innings was about asserting his supremacy in the limited overs format, De Villiers was innovation personified hitting all round the wicket.
Credit should be given to India’s spin troika of Harbhajan Singh (2/50), Axar Patel (1/40) and Amit Mishra (1/55) for using the conditions well along with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/68), who got the prize scalp of opposition captain.
The series will now be decided at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium in the final ODI scheduled to be played on October 25.
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