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Kohli is the 'big dog' at the moment, says Chris Morris

10 February, 2018, 04:37 | Author: Carla Brady
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India's indomitable cricket team looks set for a landmark series triumph but an injury-ravaged South Africa would hope for some A B de Villiers magic to halt the visitors' charge in the fourth one-dayer, here on Saturday.The fourth ODI between India and South Africa will be played in Johannesburg and the live broadcast will be shown on Sony Ten Network, starting 4:30 PM. The closest they came was in 2010-11 when they shot into a 2-1 lead only to lose the five-match series 3-2.

"You never get surprised when an Indian team comes up because you know what youre going to get, and that's quality", he added.

The star batsman missed the first three ODIs owing to a finger injury he had sustained during the third Test.

Top batsman Manish Pandey and Wicket-Keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik did not get a chance to play in this series so far.

"Look at the moment, we are all under pressure. We know he's the main guy in the team, and if we can get him out, we can put India under pressure", he said. We know we've under performed, and we know the way we've lost hasn't been good. There's no complaining about it, there's no hiding behind it, we've just got to play.

South Africa have had a huge boost ahead of this fourth ODI with star batsman AB de Viliers returning to the fold. The guy's in serious form at the moment, and he's in form anywhere he plays in the world.

"I think SA cricket will have to really plan as to how they are looking to blood youngsters".




As for plans against the Kuldeep-Chahal threat, Morris said that in between losing the third ODI in Cape Town by 124 runs and now, the team had done some even more intensive homework on the duo, and hoped to be able to read them better.

Surprisingly enough, Morris said that South Africa were not too far off from victory in the first three matches despite the scoreline saying something else.

South African squad: Aiden Markram (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen (wkt), David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khaya Zondo. "They do so well at home for a reason with spin bowling".

He is also of the opinion that this Indian team could have won the Test series as well had they not erred in their playing combination and team selection including the one that meant leaving out an impact player like Ajinkya Rahane.

The pitch at the Wanderers is expected to be a typical South African batting track with lots of pace and bounce. "They were not very nice to bowl on", he smiled.

The Proteas have never lost on "Pink Day", celebrated to create awareness and collect funds for breast cancer.

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