South Africa vs India 2018: Statistical preview of the fourth ODI
That India will bounce back in the ODI series was a sentiment shared by many, but the way they have comprehensively overpowered the hosts in the first three games has been immensely refreshing for fans of the Men in Blue.
The injury-plagued visitors came a cropper with the white ball, unable to wrest the initiative like they did in the Tests. The only bright spot has been the comeback of their talisman, AB de Villiers, who returns to the squad (and the playing XI according to Chris Morris), for the pink ODI.
Here are some of the numbers that matter ahead of the fourth ODI at the Bullring:
# India have claimed victory in five of their last six ODI meetings with South Africa, they have won each of the last four encounters. Apart from the three ODIs in the ongoing series, they won against South Africa during the Champions Trophy last year by eight wickets.
# India have managed to win 17 of their last 20 ODIs, losing only three times in that run. One of those losses came against Pakistan in the finals of last year's Champions Trophy.
# South Africa have taken on India four times before in ODI cricket at The Wanderers Stadium, winning three of them, while the Proteas have claimed victories in each of their last six outings at the venue in this format, last tasting defeat there in 2012 (vs Sri Lanka).
# Shikhar Dhawan is set to make his 100th ODI appearance; he has posted scores of 76 and an unbeaten 51 in his last two outings for India in this series. Dhawan made his ODI debut for India against Australia at Visakhapatnam in 2010.
# Virat Kohli comes into this game on the back of a 159-ball unbeaten 160 at Newlands; he’s scored centuries in four of his last six innings for India. The Indian captain scored his 34th ODI hundred in the last game, in his 205th game. Sachin Tendulkar, the only batsman above him in the list, has 49 tons in 463 games.
Statistical inputs by Opta