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Captain Virat Kohli has been in fine form in the ongoing

Virat Kohli

History is in favour of South Africa as they have won all their five Pink ODIs in Johannesburg. From then on, South Africa only headed downwards, losing their last 5 wickets for 29 runs before being wrapped up for 179 in 40 overs. South Africa had amassed 358/4 on a Wanderers' wicket full of pace and bounce, and India had lost by 141 runs.

Many have faulted the inexperience of South Africa's youthful middle-order for the collapses, which is why De Villiers' return can not come soon enough for the Proteas.

Only former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting and South African AB de Villiers have more centuries to their names as captains with 22 and 13 respectively. When queried about a complete wipe-out in the ODI series, Kohli said it is a far-fetched thing to think off with half of the games left but assured his side will put more pressure on the opposition in the upcoming games.

The hosts are now trailing the series 0-3 and will look to win at Wanderers to remain in the series.

"I'm sure AB will have a few pointers for the guys on how to handle spin and how to play spin, maybe a few different attacking options". This is the first time that the Indian team has consistently won three matches on the African turf and claimed the series. "Some might think they have bowled in T20 cricket when the conditions are very hard and they have picked up wickets on a regular basis there as well", Kohli said. There are still three matches to go, and the SA team will have to perform better. "I keep harping on how special an occasion it is", Morris said.

Depressingly, the best scenario for them now is a drawn result. His form is the only pressing concern for the Indian team, yet not so much that he will be left out of the playing eleven. Markram needs to rely on his pacers to get him wickets on seeming tracks the way they did in the Tests. When you are going for wickets you are bowling in areas that are uncomfortable for the batsmen and more often than not they end up defending. Out of the 28 South African wickets that have fallen in the series, the duo has accounted for 21 of those making it nearly 3/4th of the tally.

South Africa have had a huge boost ahead of this fourth ODI with star batsman AB de Viliers returning to the fold. They've always, every over they've asked two-three questions of the batsmen, that is something outstanding.

Bumrah picked up two wickets. The Proteas do possess fantastic bowlers who have the potential to force an Indian collapse, but with India two games up, it will still be a tall task.

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