The fourth ODI of India vs South Africa 6-match series is going to be one of the most crucial matches for India. Today’s match is a great chance for India to break the 26-year-old dry spell of series losses against SA. It’s important to note that India has never won a series against South Africa since 1992.
However, the team has already secured a 3-0 lead in the series and it’s almost definite that it’s not going to lose. Since it’s a 6-match series, it could possibly result in a tie if South Africa outperforms the Indian team in the remaining three matches.
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Gains for India
The fourth ODI is also special for India because this is going to be Shikhar Dhawan’s 100th ODI while MS Dhoni is just 88 runs away from scoring 10,000 runs. Although the pressure will be more on South Africa this time because if it losses this match, India would automatically win the series. Moreover, India would also become the No.1 in ICC ODI Team Ranking.
The Pink ODI
The Proteas team is however delighted with the comeback of AB De Villiers after the injury that kept him away from the first three matches in the series. Also, this is going to be the ‘Pink ODI’ which is played for spreading awareness against breast cancer and the Proteas team has never lost any match while playing in their pink jersey.
Hopes are High
Talking about the Indian squad, the team wishes to win all the remaining matches which could be quite attainable considering the phenomenal performance of skipper Virat Kohli. In the third ODI of India vs South Africa, Kohli scored his 34th ODI ton while Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav beautifully clinched 4 wickets each.
While Kohli has scored two centuries in 2 of the 3 matches, Chahal took most of the wickets among the bowlers. Although the team is too much dependent on Virat and Chahal, hopes are high from Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni as well.
The Big Question
The 4th ODI of India vs South Africa Series is being played in Johannesburg where both teams are aiming to give their best performance. Will India be able to break the dry spell of losing the series for 26 years? Will South Africa yet again win the pink ODI like it has always won? Will this match decide the winner of the series?
All these questions will be answered by the results of the fourth ODI between India and South Africa! It’s certainly going to be one of a kind match and we can’t wait for the match to get started!