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India vs South Africa 4th ODI Will Dhoni complete his five digit runs in ODI

South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Odine Kirsten, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Moseline Daniels. Team India lost all the four matches in this ground under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Miller (39 off 28 balls) was eventually trapped leg before by a legal Chahal delivery but his four fours and two sixes had changed the game. Another rain break, during South Africa's innings, forced the match to be reduced to 28 overs with the hosts set a revised target of 202.

Can India win the next game and seal the series? After a dismal Test series, Sharma has not been able to make significant contributions in the ODI series as well.

Klaasen was very influential in creating that vibe as he and Miller rescued the Proteas when all was seemingly lost following AB de Villiers' dismissal, with 100 runs still needed for victory and just 11 overs remaining. South Africa's next challenge will be to prove it was not a one-off. India do not have many fall-back options in Jadhav's absence.

Once again on this trip, India will have to fight dubious past performances and erase a lop-sided record, only this time in a bid to carve out a fresh piece of history. And given how the series has gone overall so far, they will still back themselves to pull it off.

Sharma's demise introduced Virat Kohli to join Dhawan and they put together a solid partnership of 135 runs before the inspirational Indian skipper was dismissed by Chris Morris. They will want more from their middle-order as they aim to close out the series before they get to the final fixture in Centurion. The conditions at the Wanderers - an outfield made wet by rain and game reduced nearly to a T20 contest - helped enormously, but for the first time in the series, there was the sight of South African batsmen confidently taking on India's wrist-spin duo.

"The problem at the beginning of the series was we didn't pick (the left-arm wrist spinner's - Yadav's - googly)". Jasprit Bumrah follows them on that list.

Talking about the match wicket, he said, We train really specifically. Whether that spinner is Imran Tahir or the in-form Tabraiz Shamsi remains to be seen.

The South African Cricket team attended a practice session on Monday in Port. Shreyas Iyer is set to retain his spot given Kedar Jadhav's hamstring niggle is unlikely to have healed.

Plenty of rain is forecast in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, and it is likely to affect the match at some stage. There is also a highly probability of afternoon showers. Six teams have more runs from their middle-order and three have better averages.

In the bowling, all eyes will be on pacers Kagiso Rabada and Lungisani Ngidi to provide their side with a flurry of wickets at the St George's Park.

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