South Africa traded in the hopes alive in the six match one day international series against visiting India by winning the fourth ODI by 5 wickets. At the Wanderers in Johannesburg, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller fired with the bat taking the hosts to a wonderful win in the rain affected clash.
The close contest between two top ranked limited over teams in the world saw ups and downs in the curtailed over match, lastly among cheering crowds, the home team won the battle of nerves. With two match to go now, India is leading the series 3-1.
The near 300 run target was curtailed to 202 in 28 overs as a result of intense thunder shower hit at the Wanderers – the target, which even was looking improbable for the Proteas batsmen at one stage of the game.
With Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and AB de Villiers all haversacked within 102 runs on the board, the big task rested on hard hitters David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen, both of them fined tuned in 72 runs fifth wicket partnership.
The visitors costed heavily dropping David Miller in the single digit score, the hard hitter, therefore came back strongly with successive shots of fours in the next over.
When Miller went out leg before wicket bowled Chahal scoring 39 runs at the team score of 174, Klaasen remained in the show, unbeaten at a stormy 43 runs off 27 deliveries hitting 5 fours and a six, guided the team to end in the winning target with 15 balls to spare.
In the early phase of the match, Shikhar Dhawan mentored India to accumulate a big total of 289 runs in a high scoring Wanderers pitch. The century from the opener came in the centenary ODI match of his career, became the first Indian batsman to do so.
The left-hander scored 109 off 105 balls including 10 fours and two sixes. This time, Indian skipper and run machine Virat Kohli possibly missed another ton, was sent back to the pavilion at his personal score of 75 runs.
The visitors could have cut through the edge one more time in the series, had sudden bad weather not inflicted in the scenario, the game stopped for a while and back with intriguing Kagiso Rabada leading the way, the Proteas conceded 92 runs in last 16 overs of the Indian innings.
India, hoping to wrap up the series in the match, ended frustrated at the end. In the post-match briefing, Shikhar Dhawan said, “The main reason was, of course, the dropped catch and then a wicket off no-ball. From there the momentum changed. Otherwise we were in very good position.”
“We’ve already won three games, so one more game and we’re through. Miller also played very well. Luck was on his side. First he was dropped and then got bowled off a no ball. Usually our spinners don’t bowl no balls. He took that chance with both hands and went on to change the momentum of the game,” he said.