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South Africa can put India under pressure if 'big dog' Virat Kohli departs early: Chris Morris

Morris felt that getting Kohli cheaply would have been key, given the remaining Indian batsmen haven't done much.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: February 09, 2018 23:07 IST ]
Virat Kohli with Ajinkya Rahane during the 3rd ODIPhoto:BCCI

Having scored 318 runs in first three ODIs of the six-match series, India skipper Virat Kohli will be the main target of South Africa in the fourth ODI as all-rounder Chris Morris believes dismissing him early in Johannesburg would result in the hosts' favour.

Leading 3-0, India are on the threshold of securing their first-ever ODI series win in South Africa, with the fourth match scheduled for on Saturday.

"You always want to get the main dog out in a team. Kohli's the big dog and the guy is scoring runs for them at the moment," Morris said at the pre-match press conference.

He felt that getting Kohli cheaply would have been key, given the remaining Indian batsmen haven't done much.

"34 ODI hundreds speaks for itself. He's got a hundred in every single country he's played in. The guy's in serious form at the moment, and he's in form anywhere he plays in the world.

"He's a good player but we know if we bowl well enough to him we could get him out. We know he's the main guy in the team, and if we can get him out we can put India under pressure," he said.

Morris said that South Africa were not too far off from victory in the first three matches despite the scoreline saying something else.

"In saying that, we were millimeters away in Cape Town, we were millimeters away in Durban. No edge there (in Cape Town) and it's a different game, Faf takes a blinder (in Durban) and it's a different game.

"It's a game of centimeters and millimeters at the moment. But he's in serious form and we're just going to have to do as well as we can to combat that."

The pitch at the Wanderers is expected to be a typical South African batting track with lots of pace and bounce.

"The pitch usually speeds up at night and obviously their spinners outdid us on that pitch. Simple as that, we've just got to be better. Like I said no hiding behind it, no excuses we've just got to play better than India," Morris said.

(With PTI inputs)

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