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Klaasen, Phehlukwayo keep South Africa alive with five-wicket win in Johannesburg

12 February 2018, 07:52 | Anna Jefferson

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Virat Kohli wrist spinners dazzle in India's 124-run win over South Africa take unassailable 3-0 lead

They got all out scoring 209 runs in 73.4 overs.

Shikar Dhawan's brilliant ton and Virat Kohli's 75 runs got ruined amidst bad lighting on the field. He was on six and seven not out respectively, and then went on to make 39 off 28 balls.

Chris Morris (1-60) provided the much needed breakthrough for South Africa when he had Kohli caught in the cover in the 32nd over and just when Dhawan was stepping up the ante, the game had a delay of 47 minutes due to lightning. Indeed then, Virat Kohli lifted his side to another dominant win with an immaculate 34th ODI century and later spoke of replicating the same intensity to wrap up the series with two matches remaining. Perhaps he was hoping his pace bowlers would be able to use the freshness of the wicket and get India out for a small total.

Though Kohli, very unlikely, fell short of 25 runs from his 35th ODI century, Dhawan didn't miss the opportunity.

The Proteas won the toss and elected to field first in the must-win fourth Pink Day ODI against India at the Wanderers. Shikhar Dhawan is First Indian to Score Hundred in 100th ODI, Twitterati Hail Gabbar of Indian Cricket. Despite the availability of hours and hours of footage and scientific analysis system, the South Africans - the pioneers in using technology in the game - have failed to decode the wrist movements of the two spinners.

Watch the fifth ODI between South Africa and India, in Port Elizabeth, live from 10.55am on Tuesday on Sky Sports Cricket.

Kohli said both the bowlers will be crucial to India keeping in mind next year's World Cup. It was a attractive piece of leg-spin bowling and could have been the series-clinching delivery, only if Yuzvendra Chahal had managed to keep his foot behind the front line.

She shared an 83-run stand with Veda for the fourth wicket, stabilising the innings after India was three for 57 in the 18th over.

With the series comprising of six matches, South Africa also kept themselves alive and denied India the chance to claim an unassailable 4-0 lead.

"It was an unbelievable experience for me and something that I have always dreamed of‚" said the Titans player with a big smile on his face while also admitting that he has never played in front of such a lively crowd before.

Klaasen's second ODI happened to be the Pink Day, a game South Africa have never lost, a game that they were threatening to lose despite everything going their way: India chose to bat despite a forecast of rain, the weather delivered them a T20-like target after India had nearly bowled their fast bowlers out, and the spinners were struggling with the wet ball. Moreover, Chahal had Miller dropped on 6, and then bowled on 7 in the same over - only for replays to show that he had overstepped.

In what could be called a major respite for the home side, AB de Villiers has been added to the squad for the next three ODIs.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav were persisted with in a pursuit of wickets to try and stall South Africa. He got himself a handsome hundred in his hundredth ODI. In the match, South Africa won by 72 runs at Cape Town against India.

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