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India vs South Africa, 4th ODI: Virat Kohli wins toss, opts to bat

India leads the six-match ODI series with 3-0.


India opted to bat after winning the toss against South Africa in the 4th One Day International (ODI) match at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, on Saturday.

The Proteas team will aim to bounce back after their defeat in the first three ODI against India by 6 wickets, 9 wickets and 124 runs, respectively.

Talking about India’s spin duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav ahead of the fourth ODI, India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun said, “There are at times when bowlers have to be defensive when batsmen are on top. But I think these bowlers [wrist spinners] have really understood their roles and the conditions well. I can only say they’ve performed exceptionally well.”

Saturday’s match will decide the series in India’s favour if Proteas loses the match. South African player Chris Morris said, “Obviously it’s do or die for us now. If we lose one more, that’s the series gone. So we’ll be fighting for every single ball, every single run out there. Yes, there’s lot of pressure but what’s cricket without pressure? It’s boring.”

India leads the six-match ODI series with 3-0.

South Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen(w), David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Morne Morkel

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah