Virat Kohli cracks 23rd ODI ton as hosts level SA series

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India’s Virat Kohli hits a boundary during the fourth ODI against South Africa in Chennai on Thursday.
India's Virat Kohli hits a boundary during the fourth ODI against South Africa in Chennai on Thursday.

Chennai - Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed three wickets and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took two to set the stage for the decisive final match at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.

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Published: Fri 23 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 24 Oct 2015, 12:54 PM

 India's bowlers backed up a long-awaited century from Virat Kohli as the hosts defeated South Africa by 35 runs on Thursday to level the five-match one-day series 2-2. Kohli smashed 138 off 140 balls to lift India to 299-8 after Mahendra Singh Dhoni elected to bat in the must-win international at the Chidambaram stadium in Chennai.
The tourists managed only 264-9 in reply despite a heroic 112 off 107 balls by skipper AB de Villiers even as the other batsmen folded in the stifling heat and humidity.
Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed three wickets and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took two to set the stage for the decisive final match at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
South Africa badly missed all-rounder JP Duminy and fast bowler Morne Morkel who were ruled out of the key game due to injuries. They were replaced by fast bowler Chris Morris and left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso. Kohli struck six boundaries and five sixes in his 23rd one-day century, the first after a gap of 13 innings since scoring the match-winning 107 against Pakistan in the World Cup match in Adelaide in February.
Left-hander Suresh Raina overcame his poor run of 3, 0, 0 in the previous three matches to score 53 off 52 balls and share a fourth-wicket stand of 127 with Kohli.
South Africa fought back towards the end of India's innings, claiming five wickets for 33 runs after the hosts were cruising at 266-3 in the 45th over. Fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada picked up three wickets each.
Quinton de Kock hit 43 off 35 to lift South Africa to 67-1 before Harbhajan struck twice and Axar Patel took one to make it 88-4 in the 18th over.
Farhaan Behardien helped his captain add 56 for the fifth wicket before he was leg-before to Amit Mishra for 22 in the 32nd over.
De Villiers reached 97 with a six off Harbhajan and brought up his 22nd one-day century - the fifth against India - with a straight six off Mishra. But he fell in the 45th over, caught behind off Kumar, with his team still needing 67 runs off the last 33 balls. De Villiers hit 10 boundaries and two sixes.
Earlier, South Africa reduced India to 35-2 before Ajinkya Rahane (45) joined Kohli to add 104 for the third wicket.
Kohli reached his century by lofting Phangiso for a straight six in the 38th over, but he managed just 38 runs in the next 10 overs against steady bowling by the Proteas.
The match was officiated by Indian umpires at both ends after the International Cricket Council withdrew Aleem Dar of Pakistan for the last two games in Chennai and Mumbai due to security concerns.
The right-wing Shiv Sena party, known for its anti-Pakistan stand, had threatened to stop Dar from umpiring in the Mumbai match.
 

Scoreboard
> India
R. Sharma c du Plessis b Morris 21
S. Dhawan c de Kock b Rabada 7
V. Kohli c de Kock b Rabada 138
A. Rahane c de Kock b Steyn 45
S. Raina c de Villiers b Steyn 53
M. Dhoni c de Villiers b Steyn 15
H. Singh b Rabada 0
A. Patel not out 4
B. Kumar run out 0
> Extras: (lb3, w12, nb1) 16
> Total (for eight wickets, 50 overs) 299
> Fall of wickets: 1-28 (R. Sharma), 2-35 (Dhawan), 3-139 (Rahane), 4-266 (Raina), 5-291 (Kohli), 6-291 (Singh), 7-299 (Dhoni), 8-299 (Kumar)
> Bowling: Steyn 10-0-61-3 (w1), Rabada 10-0-54-3 (w5), Morris 9-0-55-1 (w4), Phangiso 9-0-51-0 (w1), Tahir 9-0-58-0 (nb1), Behardien 3-0-17-0 (w1).
> South Africa
Q. de Kock c Rahane b Harbhajan 43
H. Amla c Dhawan b M. Sharma 7
F. du Plessis c Dhoni b Patel 17
AB de Villiers c Dhoni b Kumar 112
D. Miller lbw b Harbhajan 6
F. Behardien lbw b Mishra 22
C. Morris run out 9
A. Phangiso c Patel b Kumar 20
D. Steyn c Rahane b Kumar 6
K. Rabada not out 8
I. Tahir not out 4
> Extras: (lb3, w5, nb2) 10
> Total (for nine wickets, 50 overs) 264
> Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Amla), 2-67 (de Kock), 3-79 (du Plessis), 4-88 (Miller), 5-144 (Behardien), 6-185 (Morris), 7-233 (de Villiers), 8-250 (Phangiso), 9-250 (Steyn).
> Bowling: Kumar 10-0-68-3 (nb1, w4), M. Sharma 10-0-48-1 (nb1, w1), Harbhajan 10-0-50-2, Patel 10-0-40-1, Mishra 10-1-55-1.


Indian batsman Virat Kohli plays a shot during the fourth one day international (ODI) cricket match between India and South Africa at The M.A Chidambaram Stadium Chepauk in Chennai on October 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/Manjunath KIRAN
Indian batsman Virat Kohli plays a shot during the fourth one day international (ODI) cricket match between India and South Africa at The M.A Chidambaram Stadium Chepauk in Chennai on October 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/Manjunath KIRAN


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