Shikhar Dhawan century in 100th ODI: One for the record books
Shikhar Dhawan turned the first Indian to hit a century in his 100th One-day International, an innings which as soon as once more reminded everybody why the opener is a special batsman when he alters from white flannels to color clothes.
The left-hander scored 109 off 105 balls together with 10 fours and two sixes. He turned the ninth general, to succeed in the milestone. After being overshadowed by Virat Kohli in the earlier two matches, the opener excelled on Saturday, as his skipper failed to succeed in three figures for a change. For as soon as, Kohli mistimed a drive off Chris Morris and gave a catch to David Miller at cowl. He departed for 75 – modest success by his current, imperious, requirements. But the first two hours of India’s batting at Wanderers immediately belonged to Dhawan.
Side boundaries are small at the Wanderers, with one aspect simply 58 metres lengthy. Like most left-handers, Dhawan, too, favours the off-side. But immediately he adjusted, scoring 38 runs in entrance of sq. and 33 behind sq.. A few occasions he pulled from round the off stump and collected boundaries. Once he charged down the wicket to an Andile Phehlukwayo supply and flicked it over deep sq. leg for a six. Picking the size early was the hallmark of Dhawan’s batting immediately.
It wasn’t silky, removed from it. Many a time he flirted with slim escapes. In the very first over after India selected to bat, Morne Morkel made one sneak via Dhawan’s defence and the ball missed the off stump by centimetres. Another supply from Morkel three overs later took the inside edge and went previous the leg stump for a boundary.
Then, Morris beat Dhawan twice in as many deliveries. A loud leg earlier than enchantment from Phehlukwayo had been turned down as a result of the ball apparently pitched outdoors the leg stump. Dhawan reached his half-century in the similar over, off 53 balls, testifying to the incontrovertible fact that he was unperturbed by the close to misses. He had embraced the exhausting grind.
The Wanderers had laid out a ‘poor’ pitch for the third Test. The floor for the fourth ODI was exhausting with first rate grass overlaying. A few deliveries rose awkwardly off a size however general the pitch performed true. Kohli was having one other stroll in the park. He makes batting look simple nowadays, at occasions strolling in direction of the quick bowlers to fulfill the ball early and decide the gaps.
Dhawan doesn’t have Kohli’s vary and placing a worth on his wicket is the largest change that has occurred to his batting since his return to the fold in the Champions Trophy final 12 months.
KL Rahul’s damage earlier than the ICC occasion gave him a chance, which the 32-year-old grabbed with each palms. Over the previous eight-odd months, Dhawan has scored 1,219 runs at 58.04 in 24 ODIs together with 4 hundred. He got here to Johannesburg on the heels of back-to-back half-centuries and immediately’s effort took his tour tally to 271 runs in 4 matches.
Dhawan made a roaring comeback to Test cricket as effectively, in Sri Lanka final 12 months. But as Sunil Gavaskar noticed, the opener appears to be only one failure away from getting the axe in the longest format. But he’s a special beast in limited-overs cricket. With Rohit Sharma a strolling wicket in this collection – he bought out for 5 immediately; 40 runs in 4 matches – Dhawan has raised his sport sufficiently to make sure that top-order steadiness isn’t affected. His partnerships with Kohli in the final three ODIs learn: unbroken 93, 140 and 158.
Thirty-fifth over into India’s innings, lightning pressured a 52-minute stoppage. India have been 205/2 after 35 overs. They completed on 289/7 after 50. The final 10 overs yielded solely 59 runs for the lack of three wickets. The mini collapse began with Dhawan’s dismissal after resumption – a full supply from Morkel was pushed straight to AB de Villiers at mid-off. Ajinkya Rahane gave an impression that he was making an attempt to show some extent; his utility in this format to be exact. An over-aggressive mindset led to his downfall as he pulled a brief ball from Lungi Ngidi – his maiden ODI scalp – straight to Kagiso Rabada at deep sq. leg. Rahane tried to clear the deep discipline moderately than rolling his wrist and taking part in it for a single. Run-rate was by no means an issue, staying at the crease and holding one finish at that stage was essential.
Rahane made a vibrant begin at Durban however he now has two consecutive low scores. No. 4 is an unsettled batting place in the Indian crew and this collection has offered Rahane with a chance to cement his place. Shreyas Iyer, in for the injured Kedar Jadhav and most well-liked over Manish Pandey, performed like he was served with a hit-or-bust order.
It’s one factor to aim too many pictures towards Sri Lanka on dwelling patch. But South Africa in their lair is a more durable proposition. A very good assessment gave him a second likelihood whereas he was batting on 13. But the Mumbai teen didn’t be taught from his errors, ultimately holing out to Morris at long-on off Ngidi.
Hardik Pandya perished to an Aiden Markram stunner at further cowl. MS Dhoni didn’t get sufficient strike in direction of the finish. Still he hit a few fours in the remaining over to take the rating previous 280.