South Africa vs India 4th ODI: Shikhar Dhawan tons it up

Updated: 11 February, 2018 11:30 IST | PTI | Johannesburg

Shikhar Dhawan scores century in his 100th ODI to propel India to 289-7 v SA

Shikhar Dhawan is ecstatic after scoring his 100 against South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Saturday. PIC/GETTY IMAGES
Shikhar Dhawan is ecstatic after scoring his 100 against South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Saturday. PIC/GETTY IMAGES

Opener Shikhar Dhawan (109) made his 100th ODI appearance a memorable one, slamming a breezy century to guide India to 289-7 in the fourth match against South Africa here on Saturday.

Rain interrupts play
Eyeing their first-ever series win in South Africa, India could have got more but a rain interruption punctured their momentum after Dhawan's 100. Dhawan, who put on 158 runs with skipper Virat Kohli (75), thus became the first Indian batsman to score a ton in his 100th ODI. Overall, he became the ninth player to reach this milestone.

South Africa were 43-1 in 7.2 overs at the time of going to press, when play was stopped due to lightning and rain for the second time at the Wanderers. The visitors made one change, bringing in Shreyas Iyer for Kedar Jadhav, who had suffered a hamstring injury during the third ODI at Cape Town. South Africa made two changes, bringing in Morne Morkel for Imran Tahir. AB de Villiers, who averages 112.50 in five Pink ODIs, replaced Khaya Zondo in the Proteas' XI. The Wanderers was expectedly bathed in pink for a good cause of creating awareness and raising funds for breast cancer.

Rohit flops again
A change in scenery though didn't reverse Rohit Sharma's floundering fortunes. He was out cheaply again, this time for five runs off 13 balls, as Kagiso Rabada (2-58) took a brilliant reflex return catch diving forward. TV umpire ruled against Rohit who walked back as his ODI average fell to 11.45 in 12 matches on South African soil.

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First Published: 11 February, 2018 11:25 IST

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