Result
4th ODI (D/N), Johannesburg, Feb 10 2018, India tour of South Africa
289/7
(25.3/28 ov, target 202)
207/5
South Africa won by 5 wickets (with 15 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
South Africa
1y
• The Report by Alagappan Muthu

Miller, Klaasen hammer spinners to keep series alive

South Africa had to win Saturday's game to keep the series alive, and they did so in emphatic style, hitting Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal for 119 runs in 11.3 overs

Match centre 
Commentator: NIkhil Kalro
Scorecard summary
India289/7(50 overs)
Shikhar Dhawan109 (105)
Virat Kohli75 (83)
Lungi Ngidi2/52(10)
South Africa207/5(25.3 overs)

10.20pm Here's the presentation.

Heinrich Klaasen is the Man of the Match: "Unbelievable feeling, the best feeling in my career. 100% nervous. Have done it before in amateur cricket. I just want to play, thought I had to open today."

Aiden Markram: "Super relieved to have got over the line today. To be able to pressure on the Indians is a good feeling. A blessing in disguise to have that break to break their momentum. It worked out well, happy to restrict them to 290. The message was to put fear aside and go out and express ourselves. We're going to keep fighting, still not at our absolute best, but one step at a time."

Virat Kohli: "The second innings, we got a difference of 35 between runs and balls. It became a T20 game. No-balls are fine lines. SA pulled through, they deserved to win, we didn't. The pitch got faster in the evening, the guys didn't settle in the second half. The ball was a bit wet, not too wet, our spinners got a bit of turn, they improvised and it came off. The game got shorter and it worked in their favour, having to go after the bowlers."

10.05pm The Wanderers has thrown up another spectacle. Another one in pink. South Africa nail their chase of 202 inside 26 overs to get their first ODI win of the series, and keep this six-match series alive. Two big moments in this game: the lightning break in the first innings and Chahal's no-ball in the second: the latter one was arguably much more significant, because it was the difference between Miller freeing himself up and SA five down with plenty to get. However, those are the margins that cricket deals with. And you have to get in line with those margins to turn up on the right end.

The smiles on the South African faces are back, captain Markram is pumped. AB's return has transformed this time from timid to bold. And it showed. The approach, and the game situation, where they needed to score plenty, and the wet outfield, worked right in their favour against wristspin. More than Rand 1.65 million has been raised today for a great cause, but the cricket has not disappointed today either.

All of this means South Africa have a sense of how to go about the rest of this series. They have an approach, and more importantly, the confidence in their personnel. Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller played match-defining hands, while AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla played morale-boosting cameos.

But India were so close. They will feel they had this. They will feel that the series was right there, within reach, but they have let this one slip. It was set up by another fine hundred from Shikhar Dhawan, and another sublime contribution from Virat Kohli. But their wristspinners were taken apart tonight: 11.3-0-119-3. That's the risk you take with this form of cricket, and Kohli knows it. It has worked for three ODIs, and not for one, so nothing wrong with their method.

WATCH - Phehlukwayo's winning six (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

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Zaka: "The AB sixes did the trick. The wrist spinners were neutralised for the first and last time. All the psychological impact is gone. "

Yashas Sridhara: "If I was an administrator wanting South Africa to win a World Cup... I would convert all their knockouts to pink "

25.3
6
Chahal to Phehlukwayo, SIX runs
all that adrenaline is still there, some flight around off, Phehlukwayo stays low and slog-sweeps the ball over midwicket for six. South Africa's incredible run in pink continues. They keep the series alive with a stunning turnaround

The field comes in.

25.3
1w
Chahal to Phehlukwayo, 1 wide
flat down leg, Phehlukwayo misses a lap sweep, called wide. The scores are level
25.2
6
Chahal to Phehlukwayo, SIX runs
that is surely it. 71 kph, slowed up from Chahal, much like he has been doing for three ODIs prior to today. But with all the confidence in the world, with the adrenaline, he runs down, meets the ball as it pitches and drills a drive right over the bowler's head. A massive hit
25.1
1
Chahal to Klaasen, 1 run
short outside off, pushed away to long-on for a single. Very very good game awareness from Klaasen, not to look for a big hit
end of over 2517 runs
SA: 193/5CRR: 7.72 • RRR: 3.00 • Need 9 from 18b
Andile Phehlukwayo11 (3)
Heinrich Klaasen42 (26)
Kuldeep Yadav6-0-51-2
Yuzvendra Chahal5-0-54-1

WATCH -Chahal finally gets Miller. (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

24.6
6
Kuldeep Yadav to Phehlukwayo, SIX runs
is that the game? Surely it is, some flight outside off, Phehlukwayo gets low, stays low and nails his slog sweep over midwicket. The thin Highveld air takes the ball soaring over midwicket for the game?

WATCH - Kuldeep costs India four runs (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

24.5
4
Kuldeep Yadav to Phehlukwayo, FOUR runs
when things are going your way, it just goes your way. A short delivery outside off, Phehlukwayo shapes and executes a reverse-sweeps past short third man for four. Premeditated, but backing his instinct and his game.

19 off 20

Chetan Dugar: "Chahal got Miller out thrice in the game?" No, just once.

24.4
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Klaasen, 1 run
the wrong 'un, down leg, swept away to deep square leg, just the one.
24.3
Kuldeep Yadav to Klaasen, no run
flat around off, 82 kph, clipped to midwicket
24.2
2
Kuldeep Yadav to Klaasen, 2 runs
some flight on middle and leg, driven to long-on, and somehow they race back for two. Amazing running
24.1
4
Kuldeep Yadav to Klaasen, FOUR runs
77 kph, another boundary, some flight from Kuldeep, but it's short, giving Klaasen the time and the length to go back, take the ball off the stumps and slap over cover. Just inside the boundary. Stunning hit

26 off 24. A dawdle, but so high is the intensity that the game can change at any point.

end of over 249 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 176/5CRR: 7.33 • RRR: 6.50 • Need 26 from 24b
Heinrich Klaasen35 (22)
Andile Phehlukwayo1 (1)
Yuzvendra Chahal5-0-54-1
Jasprit Bumrah5-0-21-1
23.6
1
Chahal to Klaasen, 1 run
flat around middle and leg, worked away to midwicket for one. Phehlukwayo wanted two, it's not on.

Sam: "Only way India can win this is to bowl SA out. With a wet outfield and Klaasen still out there, its pretty one-sided at the moment."

23.5
1
Chahal to Phehlukwayo, 1 run
83 kph, swept away to deep square leg for a run

Phehlukwayo, still not Morris, to keep the left-right combination going.

End of a match-changing stand: 72 they added

23.4
w
Chahal to Miller, OUT
and given! Slow through the air around middle and leg, pitches in line, the ball spins back just a touch to beat Miller on the inside edge and hit Miller in front of leg. Absolutely plumb. His pad got right across, and he couldn't quite get the front pad out of the way as he tried to defend.
DA Miller lbw b Chahal 39 (51m 28b 4x4 2x6) SR: 139.28
23.3
Chahal to Miller, no run
79 kph, full on middle and leg, Miller looks for a big swing again, but the ball goes over the stumps.
23.2
6
Chahal to Miller, SIX runs
Chahal goes short, and it's so slow that Miller rocks back, picks the length and says thank you very much. It ends up as a long-hop, Miller goes back and gives the ball a good smack, way over midwicket. Sweeeeet off the bat

"Samne nai marega," says Dhoni (he won't hit straight)

23.1
1
Chahal to Klaasen, 1 run
nicely played, full outside off, worked to long-on. Not a big hit, just one. Impressive batting.

India now need to make a play: a wicket, a string of dots, or both. SA need 35 off 30, seven RPO. Both batsmen have hit four fours and a six. Chahal.

end of over 237 runs
SA: 167/4CRR: 7.26 • RRR: 7.00 • Need 35 from 30b
Heinrich Klaasen33 (20)
David Miller33 (25)
Jasprit Bumrah5-0-21-1
Yuzvendra Chahal4-0-45-0
22.6
1
Bumrah to Klaasen, 1 run
a wide yorker outside off to finish, inside-edged past the stumps for a run. Tidy comeback from Bumrah, but SA will take seven off that.
22.5
1lb
Bumrah to Miller, 1 leg bye
good length delivery down leg, Miller misses a flick, struck on the thigh pad, one leg bye ensues
Best performances - batsmen
S Dhawan
109 runs (105)
10 fours
2 sixes
Control71%
Productive shot
flick
30 runs
1 fours
2 sixes
149717383165
V Kohli
75 runs (83)
7 fours
1 sixes
Control90%
Productive shot
on drive
20 runs
2 fours
1 sixes
13087572114
Best performances - bowlers
Kuldeep Yadav
O
6
M
0
R
51
W
2
Eco
8.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
L Ngidi
O
10
M
0
R
52
W
2
Eco
5.20
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
TossIndia , elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Heinrich Klaasen
Series resultIndia led the 6-match series 3-1
Match numberODI no. 3973
Season2017/18
Hours of play (local time)13.00 start, First Session 13.00-16.30, Interval 16.30-17.15, Second Session 17.15-20.45
Match days10 February 2018 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Aleem Dar
Bongani Jele
TV Umpire
Ian Gould
Reserve Umpire
Shaun George
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft