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Ton-up Dhawan drives India to 289/7 in 4th ODI

IANS  |  Johannesburg 

Opening batsman marked his 100th One-(ODI) with a brilliant 109 to take to 289/7 in 50 overs in the fourth match against at the here on Saturday.

Dhawan, who hit his 13th century, shared a 158-run second-wicket stand with (75) as a ruthless showed strong intent to clinch the six-match series.

were cruising at 197/2 in 34 overs when the play was interrupted for nearly an hour due to lightning. After the play resumed, lost the plot and lost wickets regularly to what looked an under-par total.

Before the interruption, however, and Kohli, two of best in-form visiting players in the series, dominated the home bowlers after won the toss and opted to bat.

They didn't allow to feel the loss of Rohit Sharma, who fell for five to extend his poor run of 0, 15, 20 in the series. The right-hander drove a full delivery back to paceman Kagiso Rabada, who managed to take a very low catch.

Kohli and then steered to a position of strength.

Both matched strokes per strokes as they played sensibly, waiting for weak deliveries.

Kohli stamped his authority as he continued to punish the South African bowlers. For someone coming into the match with scores of 112, 46 not out, 160 not out, batting looked easy. He registered his 46th ODI fifty.

South Africa, playing without any spinners, looked out of ideas to stop the two with no variety in their Part-time delivered four overs of spin but, expectedly, didn't look like taking a wicket.

At the other end, left-hander pulled, cut, and drove with ease as the partnership flourished.

The stand was broken when Kohli hit pacer straight into the hands of at short cover, with at 178/2 in 31.1 overs.

Later, went on to complete his century, with a straight drive off a full toss from Morris crossing the mid-off fence giving him the three-figure score.

India's march was halted by lightening with dark clouds hovering over the

When the match resumed, was the first to be dismissed, driving Morne Morkel to AB De Villiers at mid-off.

Ajinkya Rahane (8) too perished, with a pull off Lungi Ngidi failing to clear Rabada at deep square leg. With these two wickets, things suddenly looked gloomy for India, who were at 210/4.

The saviour of was old war-horse, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who remained not out 42 off 43 deliveries.

At the other end, Ngidi and Rabada accounted for Shreyas Iyer (18) and Hardik Pandya (9) to dent India's hopes of a late surge but Dhoni once again showed why he is so important for the side.

Brief scores: India: 289/7 (109, 75, 42 not out; Lungi Ngidi 2/52, 2/58) vs

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 22:02 IST
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