March 17, 2018

South Africa vs India 4th ODI: Klaasen's blitz keeps series alive

11 February 2018, 06:50 | Anna Jefferson

India celebrate the dismissal of Aiden Markram during the 3rd ODI in Cape

Indian cricket team

In addition to keeping the series alive, South Africa also extended their unbeaten streak in pink ODIs, which are used to raise awareness of breast cancer. The pair came together after Rohit Sharma was caught behind off Rabada in the first over without a run scored.

Kohli was content to play the supporting role in a second wicket stand of 140 with Shikhar Dhawan, who pounded 12 fours in making 76 off 63 balls.

With India cruising, the Proteas found themselves in an all too familiar position where India were dominating the game. Coming into the game on the back of scores 9 and 21 in the previous two ODIs, Wolvaardt weathered the early loss of opening partner Lizelle Lee, and put on 41 runs with Andrie Steyn (30 off 53) en route to her 88-ball 59.

Shortly after Kohli's dismissal, play was halted for nearly an hour after due to inclement weather as there were numerous lightning strikes around the Wanderers. Chahal and fellow wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav tormented the South Africa batsmen in the first three games but de Villiers' decision to attack Chahal appeared to give the rest of the South Africans confidence.

Mandhana's 129-ball masterclass fell in the 44th over but Veda Krishnamurthy (51 not out) provided the ideal flourish in the death overs with a 33-ball unbeaten knock as India went on to post 302 for three in the 50 overs. Among South African bowlers, Lungi Ngidi (2/52) and Kagiso Rabada (2/58) took two wickets each.

As Markram made his way back to the pavilion, field umpires also ordered players off the field as rain started to fall. Chasing a target of 304 runs to win, South Africa were bundled out for 179 runs in 40 overs.

Duminy and Aiden Markram added 78 runs between them off around 15 overs before the latter was stumped off Yadav's bowling.

Contribution of Ab de Villiers and Andile Phehlukwayo with respective scores of 26 and 23 hugely helped this victory.

The sole Proteas batsman to show any form of resolve at Newlands, JP Duminy, concurred with Adams by admitting "we haven't picked the wrong 'uns" and stressed that "they've assessed conditions better than us and throughout this series so far, we've lost wickets in clusters so we haven't given ourselves a chance".

Kohli fell against the run of play to Chris Moris for 75 but a lightning-induced break - first of the two in the day - was what truly disrupted India's momentum and upon the resumption, things changed greatly for the tourists. No-balls are fine lines. In seven ODIs here, they have won thee and lost four, including the infamous 2003 World Cup final against Australia. The pitch got faster in the evening, the guys didn't settle in the second half.

"In the second innings when the game was placed after the interval, we got a difference of 35 between runs and balls, it was nearly a T20 game".

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