Shikhar Dhawan blames it on rain breaks & reprieves

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been the chief destroyers in the last three games and South Africa will be facing an uphill battle as they aim to avoid a series loss in the fourth ODI at Johannesburg

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been the chief destroyers in the last three games and South Africa will be facing an uphill battle as they aim to avoid a series loss in the fourth ODI at Johannesburg

Chris Morris dismissed Virat Kohli for 75; Shikhar Dhawan scored his century becoming the first Indian to score a hundred in 100th ODI.

Defending 202 in 28 overs after a thunderstorm-induced interruption, the Indians appeared to be in control as they reduced South Africa, who had resumed their chase from 43/1 in 7.2 overs, to 102/4 in 16.5 overs. The South African batsmen failed to cross 200.

But then Shreyas Iyer dropped David Miller on 6 and shortly after in the same over the risky left-hander got another reprieve as he was bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal off a no-ball. That turned out to be the turning point as the match quickly turned on its head.

Miller found the ropes three times in succession off Pandya in the next set of six and Klaasen, making just his second global appearance, launched a monster of a maximum well over long-on as the tide turned. But his faux pas looked like it wasn't going to cost India much as off the very next ball that he faced as another attempt at sweep was foiled by Chahal's drift and turn, and the middle stump was knocked out. He didn't care that he held an older ball in his hand, didn't care that it wasn't zipping through as before, he kept digging it hard into the pitch, cramping batsmen and hitting them on the body.

However, David Miller scored a fast 39 after being dropped by Shreyas Iyer at deep Yuzvendra Chahal ball.


Earlier, Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan made a strokeful 109 runs playing his 100th ODI. India were cruising at 197/2 in 34 overs when lightning disrupted the play when Dhawan had just got to his 13th hundred."Our flow was disrupted". Despite practicing with at least five different local wrist spinners at Newlands, the Proteas' batting line-up still couldn't contend with India's first-choice spin duo.

Kohli stamped his authority as he continued to punish the South African bowlers.

As for Kohli, his stunning series average came as a result of scores of 112, 46* and 160*. He registered his 46th ODI fifty. Morkel walking back to his bowling mark gave a smile and a wink as if to say: "Welcome to South Africa, Shreyas". India Skipper Virat Kohli congratulated the hosts on their first win, but lamented the unforced errors made by his team on the field.

For South Africa, AB de Villiers is back into the team for Khaya Zondo while pacer Morne Morkel will replace Imran Tahir. Rabada and Lungi Ngidi returned 2/58 and 2/58 respectively. In any case, when the match is hurtling at pace, there is always the danger that you leave your best bowlers on the day unused if you keep them for too late - which is what happened to India. Miller personified this in the last match, scoring 25 from 42 balls with only one boundary in his innings. Even the promotion for Hardik Pandya was more significant than the ones he has been getting to end easy chases quickly. Heinrich Klaasen, the stand-in wicketkeeper for South Africa with good contributions from David Miller, De Villiers and Andile Phehlukwayo saw the home side maintain their unbeaten record in Pink ODIs.

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