Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Virat Kohli's stunning ODI form puts Bradman in the shade

Virat Kohli's stunning ODI form puts Bradman in the shade

Kohli stamped his authority as he continued to punish the South African bowlers. In the previous ODI, at Cape Town, India were put into bat and racked up a 300-plus total to thrash South Africa by 124 runs. While India needed a victory to close out the series, South Africa hoped to open their account with the special contest.

Dhoni remained unbeaten at 42 from 43 balls. They followed that with a nine-wicket win with 177 balls in hand in the second ODI, at Centurion. There were several intriguing moments throughout the game. South African women have been prone to the disease for long and to counter the disease, the South African cricket association organised first of its kind Pink ODI in 2011 following which 4 have been successfully played and this one will be the sixth. He went for the shot often enough, and was lucky to avoid chopping onto his stumps, but eventually decided that there were other ways to score and he was good enough to exploit them.

The pitch at the Wanderers has traditionally favoured the batsmen. The right-hander drove a full delivery back to paceman Kagiso Rabada, who managed to take a very low catch. His century came off just 99 balls.

The southpaw is the second highest run-getter in the series behind Virat Kohli.

Cape Town - A weak domestic system is part of the reason the Proteas are struggling in the one-day worldwide (ODI) series against India.

The opener looked in ominous touch from the outset and dictated terms to the Proteas attack throughout his stint at the wicket. It became a T20 game. Miller could have been out for 7 off 8 balls, instead he went on to smash his next 20 deliveries for 32 runs. None of Ajinkya Rahane, Iyer, MS Dhoni or Pandya could score at even a run-a-ball, as India's finish fizzled after two thirds of the innings had sizzled.

De Villiers' record in the "Pink ODI", which tomorrow's match is being billed as due to Cricket South Africa's annual "Pink Day Campaign" that creates awareness and raises funds for breast cancer, certainly does provide some form of optimism in the home camp.

The left handed opening batsman scored 109 from 105 balls.

A change in scenery though didn't reverse Rohit Sharma's floundering fortunes on this tour. The run rate, which had hovered below five, began to climb rapidly as they scored boundaries freely and took just 5.5 overs more to take India to 150-run mark.

David Miller, at the other end, was equally destructive. However, replays showed that Chahal's front-foot breached the bowling crease which didn't legitimise the wicket. He was pretty severe on Chahal and smashed him for quite a few sixes. However, by then, Miller had already carved the platform for an incredible run-chase.

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