J’burg ODI: India set 290-run target for Proteas

Johannesburg: India set a 290-run target for South Africa with the help of Shikhar Dhawan’s 13th hundred in the fourth One Day International (ODI) of the six-match series at the Wanderers here on Saturday.

Opting to bat first, India lost opener Rohit Sharma on just 5, once again becoming the victim of Kagiso Rabada.

Skipper Kohli, who has been phenomenal in the series, then added valuable 158 runs for the second wicket with Dhawan. He and smashed a six and seven fours in his 75 run score of 83 balls.

As India piled up runs at the scoreboard, Dhawan hit his 13th hundred in his 100th ODI appearance to become the first Indian to do so.

Dhawan struck the ton off 99 balls, which included two sixes and ten fours.

He built innings with Rahane as bad weather halted the play for a brief period of time.

Dhawan departed as the game resumed. After playing a beautiful inning of 109 he was caught out by AB de Villiers of Morne Morkel’s spell.

No sooner had Dhawan walked back that Ajinkya Rahane pulled a short ball straight to deep midwicket to depart on eight runs.

Shreyas Iyer, who was playing his first innings on this tour, and MS Dhoni took the crease to build a partnership.

Iyer departed in 43rd over after scoring 18 runs as Hardik Pandya followed him on 9.

Dhoni remained unbeaten on 42 to take India to 289 in 50 overs.

For South Africa, Rabada and Lungi Ngidi claimed two wickets each while Morkel and Chris Morris shared one wicket each.

At the time of filing this report, South Africa were on 38 for no loss.

The battered hosts will aim to stop India from scoring their historical series win in South Africa.(ANI)