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Shikhar Dhawan steals the show in 100th ODI, pummels South Africa with 13th hundred

Dhawan scored his 13th ODI century off 99 balls in Johannesburg. He earlier scored consecutive fifties in Centurion and Cape Town.

Written by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: February 10, 2018 19:42 IST ]
Image Source : AP A file image of Shikhar Dhawan

Continuing his red-hot form in ongoing India vs South Africa series, Shikhar Dhawan made his 100th ODI appearance a special one by scoring a brilliant century off 99 balls in the fourth ODI at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, on Saturday. This was Dhawan's third consecutive fifty-plus score in the series.

After missing out on a half-century in the first ODI in Durban, the 32-year old scored brilliant fifties in the next two matches in Centurion (51*) and Cape Town (76). However, in both the matches, Dhawan failed to convert his fifties into an ODI hundred.

Opting to bat first, the visitors made a solid start in the match at a beautiful Wanderers track. Despite losing Rohit Sharma (5) early, Dhawan played his natural game right from the word go and kept attacking from one end.

The left-hander was well supported by Indian skipper Virat Kohli who kept rotating the strike. Kohli, however, lost his wicket for 75 runs while Dhawan scored unbeaten 107-run knock before lightning stopped play at Wanderers.

Kohli's India has been dominant so far, winning every game by a big margin to lead the six-game contest 3-0.

India made their first team change of the series at the Wanderers and introduced Shreyas Iyer in the playing eleven, a move forced by a hamstring injury to allrounder Kedar Jadhav.

South Africa, on the other hand, are boosted by the return of AB de Villiers, who has recovered from a finger injury to play his first game of the series. 

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