#Shikhar #Dhawan’s 109 runs goes in Vain as #Proteas stay alive in the #ODI Series.
South Africa haven’t lost any ODI matches when they are in Pink, the hosts won the 4th ODI at Johannesburg yesterday.
In the Pink ODI, India again won the toss and opted to bat first.
India dropped Kedsr Jadhav and replaced him with Shreyas Iyer, Proteas dropped Imran Tahir and Zaya Zondo. AB De ViIlers and Lungisani Ngidi replaced them.
India again started off poorly, Rohit Sharma continued his bad poor in the ODI series. Kagiso Rabada dismissed Hit Man on his own bowling for just 5 runs.
Then just like the last match Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan repaired the innings after an early loss.
Both Dhawan and Skipper Kohli continued their blazing form. Dhawan was playing his 100th ODI match, he made full use of this opportunity and played an awesome innings.
Skipper Kohli too wasn’t far behind; he also played a vital knock to put his team in commanding position.
They both shared a vital partnership of 158 runs, which set the platform for a huge score.
But Chris Morris denied that when he picked up Skipper Kohli for 75 runs. Kohli missed a chance of scoring his 2nd ODI ton in South Africa, he was caught by Miller.
Shikhar reached his 100 in his 100th ODI match; he became the 1st Indian to do so.
Unfortunately, he too was dismissed; he would have converted hthis 100 into a big ton. But De Villers caught Dhawan off Morris for well made 109 runs.
The middle order again disappoints with their poor batting.
After playing so well in the 1st ODI, Rahane has been poor in the last two matches, in this game he didn’t made use of the start that Kohli and Dhawan gave. He was also out cheaply to Ngidi for 8 runs.
Shreyas Iyer was batting well until he tried to repeat the shot which gave him four runs, by doing so he was caught Morris. Iyer was out to Ngidi again for 18 runs.
MS Dhoni tried to get quick runs but at the same time he lost his partners at the other end, that didn’t allow him to play innings at a quick pace.
Hardik Pandya was expected to play quick fire innings down the order, but his poor form didn’t allow him to do that. He was out for just 8 runs.
MS Dhoni guided the Indian innings till the 50 over mark. India managed only 289 runs in their 50 overs.
The Proteas did well to restrict the Indian batsmen, at one the score would have reached the 330 run mark but the South African bowlers made a good comeback and restricted India below 300 runs.
The lightning interruption also played a huge part for South Africa’s bowling success; the interruption came in the 34th over. At that time the Indian players were on song, but because of that stoppage of play. India lost the momentum and failed to capitalize on the start which was given by Dhawan and Kohli.
South African bowlers have always been good, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi picked up 2 wickets each, with Morne Mokel and Chris Morris had 1 wicket each to their name.
The rain Gods interrupted once again stopped the play, this interruption forced the D/L method to come in.
The target of 290 was revised due to loss of time; South Africa was given a target of 202 runs in 28 overs.
The openers started off positively in this run chase, skipper Markram and Amla put on 43 for the first wicket.
This small opening stand was broken by Jasprit Bumrah when he picked up Skipper Adien Markram for 22 runs.
After few overs, South Africa got a big blow. JP Duminy was out to Kuldeep, Duminy was caught plumb in front for 10 runs.
Hashim Amla was also out after Duminy. He was caught by Bhuvi off Kuldeep’s bowling, Amla scored 33 runs.
AB De Villers didn’t had a good comeback match, he was out early. He entertained the crowd with his 18 ball 26 runs and eventually was caught by Rohit off Hardik Pandya’s bowling.
Hardik Pandya took his first wicket in this ODI series and he also took his first after the Cape Town test match.
India were striking with some crucial blows, even though the bowlers were expensive but they picked up wickets at crucial times.
David Miller was also out after playing a decent hand. He was LBW by Chahal for 39 runs.
The game was in the balance, both the sides were on to win the game.
But Heinrich Klaasen and Andile Phehlukwayo build gusty partnership to take The Proteas over the line.
Heinrich Klaasen’s fighting 43 not out and Andile Phehlukwayo’s good supporting 23 not out gave South Africa their first win in this ODI series.
The bowlers tried hard, but couldn’t prevent their team from losing.
For the first time the spinners were expensive, Kuldeep and Chahal picked up wickets but they were not at their best.
Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Chahal picked up 1 wicket each with Kuldeep Yadav picked up 2 wickets.
South Africa won the match by 5 wickets due to D/L method.
Man of the Match was awarded to Heinrich Klaasen for his fighting knock of 43 runs.