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South Africa vs India - 4th ODI

Series: India tour of South Africa, 2017-18
Venue: New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Date & Time: 10 February 2018

South Africa 207/5 (25.3 Ovs) CRR: 8.12 | South Africa won by 5 wkts (DLS method match reduced to 28 overs - target 202)


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Aiden Markram lbw Bumrahlbw Bumrah222330
Hashim Amla c Bhuvneshwar & b Kuldeep Yadavc Bhuvneshwar & b Kuldeep Yadav334040
Jean-Paul Duminy lbw Kuldeep Yadavlbw Kuldeep Yadav101400
AB de Villiers c Rohit & b Hardik Pandyac Rohit & b Hardik Pandya261812
David Miller lbw Chahallbw Chahal392842
Heinrich Klaasen Not OutNot Out432751
Andile Phehlukwayo Not OutNot Out23513
Chris Morris dnbdnb0000
Kagiso Rabada dnbdnb0000
Lungisani Ngidi dnbdnb0000
Morne Morkel dnbdnb0000
Extras 11 (b 0, lb 3, w 6, nb 2)
Total 207 (5 Wkts, 25.3 Ov)
BowlingO M R WEcon
Bhuvneshwar Kumar4 0 27 0 6.75
Jasprit Bumrah5 0 21 1 4.2
Kuldeep Yadav6 0 51 2 8.5
Hardik Pandya5 0 37 1 7.4
Yuzvendra Chahal5.3 0 68 1 13.6
Rohit Sharma0 0 0 0 0
Shikhar Dhawan0 0 0 0 0
Virat Kohli0 0 0 0 0
Ajinkya Rahane0 0 0 0 0
Shreyas Iyer0 0 0 0 0
MS Dhoni0 0 0 0 0


So in the ten hours with emotions touching all chords that lie in between ecstasy and wanting to bang your head through the wall, the message that comes out is there's nothing a pink day can't do for South African cricket. More importantly, it gives everyone some context as we tune in from PE in a couple of days. For now, I've been Vineet Anantharaman signing off on behalf of Kumar Abhisekh Das, Hariprasad Sadanandan, Rishi Roy (@_rrroy_), the early exiter, Abhinand Raghavendran and our scorer Venky.

Stat Attack by Deepu Narayanan

South Africa in 'Pink ODIs' at Wanderers:
Beat Pak by 34 runs, 2013
Beat Ind by 141 runs, 2013
Beat WI by 148 runs, 2015
Beat Eng by one wkt, 2016
Beat SL by seven wkts, 2017
Beat Ind by five wkts, 2018

Chahal + Kuldeep this series:
1st ODI: 20-0-79-5 (ER 3.95)
2nd ODI: 14.2-1-42-8 (2.93)
3rd ODI: 18-1-69-8 (3.83)
4th ODI: 11.3-0-119-3 (10.53)

Aiden Markram, winning skipper: Pink seems to be the perfect potion for us. Just relieved to have got over the line today. To put some pressure on the Indians is a good feeling and to win is even better. Definitely happy with the fightback; the break out there was a blessing in disguise to break up their momentum. The bowlers too were able to work out their plans in that break. To restrict them to 290 was a great job from our bowlers. The message before today was to put fear aside and go and express ourselves and it is nice to see boys having bought into the plan. There is enough pressure in this game and you don't want boys to put pressure on themselves. It is good to have some experience in our middle-order with AB coming back. He possesses a different proposition to the opposition as well. We need to keep fighting our way; we aren't still at our best yet and need to keep improving with each game with one step at a time. Would love to take pink into our big tournaments as well (laughs). Great day, great initiative and just incredibly happy with the way the day went.

Heinrich Klaasen, Man of the Match: Unbelievable feeling; it is the best I've felt in my career so far. I was 100-percent nervous walking into the crease, my heart was beating very loudly. I have done it in the past though at the domestic level. I just want to play, doesn't matter where I bat. I was told that I would be opening, but was drafted down to number six and thank God for that. Sometimes you have to try playing innovative shots and am glad it came off tonight.

Virat Kohli, losing skipper: In the second innings when the game was placed after the interval, we got a difference of 35 between runs and balls, it was almost a T20 game. We had to take our chances, no balls aren't easy. In hindsight you have to give credit to South Africa, we didn't grab our chances and they deserved to win. After the first lightning break when Shikhar and Jinks (Rahane) came off, the guys felt that the wicket got faster and the weather got cooler and they felt that the ball wasn't coming on nicely. The ball was getting a little wet, our spinners got a bit of turn but the South African batsmen took their chances and they came off. They improvised well and they deserved to win. The game getting shorter worked in their favour; had it been a full game you never know. It was more like a T20 game and you have to go after the bowlers. If a side has momentum in their favour, it is very difficult to stop them. Especially guys like Miller and their keeper batted brilliantly as well. When AB got out we felt we were in the game but these two took it away from us. No balls are something that hurts you as a team and it is something we hope to rectify and not repeat them in the next games. They are a quality side and we know that. We also know that we have to be at the top of our game to get a win and that's what we'll do for the next game.

Aiden Markram finally has a win as a captain. He can't get enough of the hugs in the dressing room. Meanwhile, Kohli is in a hurry to get off. Nothing quite went his way. To be fair, what India eventually ended up with seemed quite decent for a 50-over contest. Just that the ball got wet, Jo'burg's altitude took over and South Africa eventually had 15 balls way too many. Whether Bhuvi and Bumrah ending up under-bowled and the overuse of the spinners was justified could only be a question for future science-fiction writers. Stay on, here is Kohli chatting and probably giving us the answers..

22:05 local: It's a carnage for the ages, the digital ages. The Wanderers, in the pink of its glory refuses to disappoint. Thank the rain, thank the lightning, thank Duckworth-Lewis, thank Chahal and his foot, thank the sloppy fielding, but South Africa have finally found a way to reverse the trend, to reverse the slide. No, don't get fooled by Phehlukwayo's 23 off 5, the game was in their bag much before. Perhaps even during the first lightning break that sucked away all of India's batting momentum. And then when it looked like Miller was getting schooled while batting, Chahal's no ball was just the diploma he needed to pass out. And how.

Chahal to Phehlukwayo, SIX, finishes quite how he started. Just wow. Gets the length to sit under, he stays low, as usual, swings his bat, as usual and tonks it into cow corner, as usual. Pink refuses to let South Africa down. The series is alive
Chahal to Phehlukwayo, wide, spinning inwards, just that Phehlukwayo is sitting inside the line to sweep. And it spins, millimeter-ing it down the leg-pole. All level
Chahal to Phehlukwayo, SIX, step, step, away, full bat swing. Right to the pitch of the ball in unleashing his mighty arms, and some mighty timing. Repair the sightscreen, Cricket South Africa
Chahal to Klaasen, 1 run, on the shorter side. Tapped down to long-on. Clever

So just the nine runs needed now. In this over?

Kuldeep Yadav to Phehlukwayo, SIX, conventionally. And he has the biggest smile you'd ever see. Wow. Walks in, oblivious to the situation and smokes a few. A cross batted slog, into long-on for some crowd catching
Kuldeep Yadav to Phehlukwayo, FOUR, carnage. Half way down the track from Kuldeep for some reason. Phehlukwayo is quicker to reverse his stance as he pulls it away through third man now
Kuldeep Yadav to Klaasen, 1 run, shuffle, sit, read the wrong 'un and sweeps it to long leg
Kuldeep Yadav to Klaasen, no run, flat dart on the stumps. Checks it towards square leg
Kuldeep Yadav to Klaasen, 2 runs, bottom hand on duty now, drilling it down to long-on. And quicker legs
Kuldeep Yadav to Klaasen, FOUR, oh my. Starts with a massive gallop into his crease and then unleashes utter class in his lofted off-punch. Over the covers and a bounce into the fence. There aren't very many better ways to seal games

Kuldeep Yadav [5.0-0-34-2] is back into the attack

Chahal to Klaasen, 1 run, right behind the line and a safe tickle, softly in front of square..everything for the second, that's not quite there
Chahal to Phehlukwayo, 1 run, entices a sweep, quite a top-edge to deep square leg

Most wickets for spinners in a series in SA:
24 Ind vs SA, 2017/18 (4* ODIs)
24 WI vs SA, 1998/99 (7)
17 Aus vs SA, 1993/94 (8)

Andile Phehlukwayo, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Chahal to Miller, out Lbw!! The web is out. After the skidders that've been smoked into the galaxy, Chahal's slower one does its bit. Slow float up on middle, Miller meanwhile gets a touch too far across to quietly sneak a single with a nudge across. Plays down the wrong line - and finds himself struck on the front foot. Nah, it isn't spinning enough to go down. It's crashing into leg. Miller lbw b Chahal 39(28) [4s-4 6s-2]

Chahal to Miller, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Chahal to Miller, no run, backs away, skids under the pull, but despite Dhoni's gloves dealing at the speed of light, Miller's foot stays in
Chahal to Miller, SIX, the horrors of these short drag downs. Miller amplifies it with his rock back in the crease. And the noise levels at Wanderers is set to chart unseen territories. Pulls the leather off it, into his owned region. Deep mid-wicket
Chahal to Klaasen, 1 run, leans into the line, getting right behind it to knock it to long-on

Chahal set to continue. So the tapping he's taken isn't apparently enough to pull him out. Nevertheless, it's going to be him who has to turn it around.

Bumrah to Klaasen, 1 run, now the yorker. A desperacte jam out, off the inside edge past his stumps. Just the seven off it, but more importantly for South Africa the wickets still intact
Bumrah to Miller, leg byes, 1 run, feeds the pads. Miller tries swivelling to whack it down to fine leg. Done in by pace
Bumrah to Miller, no run, 146kph. The death peach. Right in the channel just outside off, Miller can't not flirt, does, and watches the ball straighten past the edge
Bumrah to Miller, no run, back of a length, in that fifth stump zone. Denies the room Miller wants and has to adjust with a bunt towards point
Bumrah to Klaasen, 1 run, an airy nudge, wide of mid-wicket. Smart, tapping singles after the run-rate is well under control
Bumrah to Klaasen, FOUR, oh dear. It's slipping away..literally. Klaasen chases a wide one outside off, outside-halves it to third man, where Kuldeep over-runs and lets the ball sneak under

Jasprit Bumrah [4.0-0-15-1] is back into the attack

42 runs in 36 balls -- The equation

Chahal to Miller, no run, some loop thrown up as it dips in on middle. A walking whip through mid-wicket. That's 15 off this over
Chahal to Miller, wide, down leg to start, and goes further down. So damn slowly, allowing Miller to leave and bag another extra
Chahal to Klaasen, 1 run, short, very wide and going further away. Sliced out to a deep sweeper


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