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Kohli the lone star in India's defeat

Kohli the lone star in India's defeat

Virat Kohli is fast transforming into Man Friday for India. In a rain marred ODI, Kohli was the lone bright spot for India as they crushed against the South African juggernaut to lose the fourth match. South Africa thus levelled the series 2-2 ahead of the decider at Centurion on Sunday.

Virat Kohli is fast transforming into Man Friday for India. In a rain marred ODI, Kohli was the lone bright spot for India as they crushed against the South African juggernaut to lose the fourth match. South Africa thus levelled the series 2-2 ahead of the decider at Centurion on Sunday.

India's highly improved fielding came into fore in the day when some brilliant catches and run outs effected a mini-collapse in the South African innings earlier. Riding on Hashim Amla's 69-ball 64, SA was cruising to when Kohli first caught a low blinder to send Van Wyk packing and then ran the dangerman Amla out. From 111/2, SA found themselves in deep trouble at 118/5 as India was raising hopes for a series win and create history. But JP Duminy turned the tables with a fighting 71 which took the score to 265 - a much improved target, better than the average score of 209 on the Port Elizabeth venue.

India's chase started on a disastrous note with opener Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel succumbing to pace early on. But Kohli was exquisite in his stroke making and will to stay in the middle. His 92-ball 87 studded with 7 hits to the fence and two 6s, however ended for a losing cause as none of his colleagues could lend him the support. Midway through the innings, rain then played spoilsport, as India could muster only 142/6 in 32.5 overs, losing the match by 48 runs via Duckworth Lewis Method.

The series, levelled at 2-2, now will be decided on Sunday at Centurion.

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he is the man
sudhirRCCB on 02 Sep 2012, 10:17 PM
Kholi will be hero for india
Royals1 on 17 Mar 2011, 10:53 PM
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