Kohli, with 318 runs in this series so far, now also has the most runs for a visiting batsman in a bilateral ODI series against South Africa in South Africa. Wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have performed exceptionally well on the South African pitches causing maximum damage in both the matches.
Without the singles, those risky shots have been very forthcoming from the South Africans - three of the wickets to fall on Wednesday were as a result of batsmen attempting the slog sweep, more in hope than expectation.
If he is fit and available, it is expected that de Villiers will bat at No.3 with Jean Paul Duminy dropping down to No.4. They believe in themselves and the team has faith in them.
AB de Villiers returns to the South African squad for the last three one-day internationals against India, Cricket South Africa announced on Thursday. At least in India's case, it's paid off.
Now India is the favorite to win this series and tell the world that they would be playing the 2019 World Cup as the favorites. "That's quite a bit away at this moment".
De Villiers was sidelined by an injury sustained while fielding in the slips during the third Test against India at the Wanderers. Virat Kohli has been in scorching form scoring, two centuries in three matches so far.
India captain Virat Kohli is smashing records at will.
The match was well over before the stipulated 50 overs as SA crashed to a 124 run defeat. India's run-rate suddenly soared past six runs per over.
With the Proteas having lost the first three matches‚ Morris dismissed suggestions that De Villiers will be put under pressure to carry the team for their first win in this series.
South Africa woefully struggled to get their act right in the matches gone by. Morne Morkel sat out the Newlands loss.
"They haven't bowled the ball full enough for us to get to the ball, to hit the ball straight down the ground", Duminy noted. We are 3 -0 down and what more pressure do you need.
Apart from the New Year's Test, which was delayed this year, the pink ODI is the biggest occasion in South Africa's cricket calendar. That includes a match against India in December 2013, which they won by 141 runs. Kohli has been well complemented by wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav who have shared 21 wickets between them.
The hosts, however, will try and make all attempts to salvage whatever they can to stay alive in the contest, live another day and push the series to Port Elizabeth. It's unbelievable. Taking eight wickets today.
"It's do or die for us now". "I am hitting the ball nicely and would like to make each and every innings count when the flow is there", stated Mandhana.