Johannesburg: South Africa scripted a comprehensive 5 wicket victory against India in the 4th ODI of the Momentum Series at the SuperSport Park on Saturday to keep the six-match series alive.
South Africa were set revised target of 202 runs in 28 overs under Duckworth Lewis Method, after rain delayed second innings.
Electing to bat first, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan stitched together a century stand to put India in control. Virat Kohli scored 75 runs, while Dhawan went onto to complete his century as he scored 109 runs . Some late flourish from MS Dhoni (42 not out in 43 balls) helped India reach 289 /7 in 50 overs.
In the 2nd innings Proteas began the chase on cautious note as stand in skipper Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla played cautiously. Markram was the first to be dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah who trapped him LBW for 22 runs.
AB de Villiers who made a comeback into the side after missing out on first three games, looked to take the game away form India with quickfire 26 runs. He was ultimately dismissed by Hardik Pandya to give India the chance to win the game.
David Miller and wicketkeeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen launched counter attack on spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav as they kept on hitting them for more than 15 runs in over.
Miller, who twice got lifeline was finally dismissed by Chahal for 39 runs, bringing an end to 72 run stand. Andile Phehlukwayo who came after Miller’s dismissal smashed quickfire 23 to win the game for Proteas. Klassen remained not out on 43 runs of 27 balls to rightly earn man-of-the-match award.
The two teams will now lock horns in Port Elizebeth for the 5th ODI on Tuesday.
South Africa 207/2 after 25.3 overs:
Klaasen and Phelukwayo ensure that South Africa win the match without much trouble. A fantastic chase to the rain curtailed game.
South Africa are 174/5 in 23.4 overs
WICKET! After receiving lifeline earlier, Miller's luck finally ran out when he was given LBW to Chahal for 39 runs. The match could be heading anywhere from here on.
South Africa 129/4 after 20 overs:
After getting two lifeline, one from Chahal and the other from Shreyas Iyer, South Africa will hope that David Miller takes them across finish line .
Lucky Miller! Yuzvendra Chahal clean bowls David Miller but it's a no ball. Shreyas Iyer had earlier dropped Miller of the same bo9wler. Can he take advantage.
South Africa 103/4 after 17 overs:
WICKET! AB de Villiers departs, this is a huge wicket for India. Hardik Pandya bowls a slower ball de Villers who hits the ball straight to Rohit Sharma
South Africa 100/3 after 16 overs:
17 runs of the over. AB de Villiers attacks Chahal hitting him for two back to back sixes in the over
South Africa 77/3 after 14.1 overs:
WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav picks up his second wicket. Hashim Amla lofts the ball to mid off. Bhuveshwar Kumar just manages to keep himself inside the boundary rope to take a stunning catch.
South Africa 67/2 after 12.2 overs:
WICKET! Who else Kuldeep Yadav strikes after rain break, Duminy coming down the track but failed to connect. The ball gets wrapped on pads as umpire raises the dreaded the finger. debatable decision
South Africa 53/1 after 10 overs:
After heavy showers stopped pouring down, the match finally resumes with South Africa chasing revised target of 202 in 28 overs
Jean Paul Duminy joins Hashim Amla at crease
We're back on the park after that rain delay and we have some revised conditions too. It's a 28-over chase with a new target of 202. It means SA need another 159 runs off 124 balls #PinkODI #SAvIND #MomentumODI pic.twitter.com/IWtGkpPLxj— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 10, 2018
Good news! The umpires have taken a close look at the ground conditions and the game will be resumed shortly. Match reduced to 28 overs and the revised target 202
Update - The umpires have taken a close look at the ground conditions. Play set to resume from 20:30 local time. Match reduced to 28 overs. Revised target 202 #SAvIND— BCCI (@BCCI) February 10, 2018
Here's the latest update on 4th ODI between South Africa and India. The next pitch Inspection will take place at 11:40 PM
BAD NEWS! Lightning stops play yet again
South Africa 43/1 after 7.2 overs:
WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah strikes gets the wicket of Aiden Markram for 22 runs. The South Africa stand-in-skipper goes for review but the decision stands. Poor call from the skipper.
South Africa 31/0 after 5 overs:
No early breakthrough for India as Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram provide steady start to South Africa innings.
South Africa bowlers did good job to restrict India to 289/7 in their full quota of 50 overs in the fourth ODI at Wanderers in Johannesburg. India looked like posting big total after Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli put on century stand, but the home team pulled things back after the lightning break to restrict India.
Rohit Sharma once again failed to score with the bat as he was dismissed for just five runs. Rabada, who was bowling the over, went low down on the run to take a fantastic catch.
Skipper Virat Kohli who has been in sizzling form along with Shikhar Dhawan then steadied the Indian innings as both the batsmen put on 158-run stand to put Men in Blue in strong position.
While Dhawan went onto complete his century, Kohli was dismissed for 75 runs by Chris Morris denying him yet another century just before the lighting interrupted the play.
After the break South Africa fought back with two important wickets of Shikhar Dhawan (109) and Ajinkya Rahane (8). With new batsmen at the crease, the bowlers made it difficult for the visitors.
Stand in skipper Aiden Markaram pulled off stunning one handed catch to dismiss Hardik Pandya. In the end MS Dhoni 42 runs (played a cameo) in the end to help India put up fighting total.
India 289/7 after 50 overs:
WICKET! India lose their 7th wicket, Bhuvneshwar Kumar run-out by Chris Morris
India 262/6 after 47overs:
WICKET! That was a stunning catch by stand-in skipper skipper Aiden Markram. A one handed effort to dismiss Hardik Pandya
India 249/5 after 44overs:
WICKET! Shreyas Iyer departs for 18, Ngidi strikes. After hitting the first ball foro boundary, he tries another go at the bowler only to find Chris Morris at Long on
India 243/4 after 43overs:
Shreyas Iyer survives caught behind appeal. The keeper went up immediately and even the umpire raised his finger in a flash. But, Iyer has decided to review. Fair delivery. UltraEdge confirms no edge. The onfield call has been reversed.
India 231/4 after 40overs:
Two quick wickets after the break has certainly brought SOuth Africa back in the game as flow of runs began to dry. SHikhar Dhawan who scored centiry before the break was the first to go and then AJinkya Rahane also departed without troubling the scoreboard.
India 211/4 after 37overs:
WICKET!!! Ngidi grabs his maiden ODI wicket now when Rahane (8) hits him straight to Rabada on the fence to leave India suddenly on 210/4 (36.3 overs) #ProteaFire #PinkODI #SAvIND #MomentumODI pic.twitter.com/4wEcPa94L9— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 10, 2018
First it was Dhawan and now Ajinkya Rahane dismissed by Ngidi for 8. Double blow for India. Short ball by the bowler, Rahane goes with the pull shot only to find Rabada at deep square leg.
India 209/3 after 36overs:
The break seems to have worked for South Africa, Morne Morkel strikes as he removes Shikhar Dhawan .
BAD NEWS! Lightning stops play at the Wanderers as players and umpires walk off the field. After losing Rohit Sharma early, India are in a pretty good position as Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan put up 158 run stand for the second wicket. Kohli missed out on his ton, Shikhar Dhawan managed to get to the three figure mark in his 100th match.
India 178/1 after 31.1 overs:
WICKET!!! @Tipo_Morris back into the attack and he strikes immediately by removing SA's thorn of recent times, Kohli, for 75. It's 178/2 (31.1 overs). Dhawan has 90* as the players take drinks #ProteaFire #PinkODI #PitchUpInPink #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/pvtMCcd3IB— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 10, 2018
WICKET! This is a big blow for India, Virat Kohli dismissed for 75 by Chris Morris. It was a back of length delivery, Kohli tries to play over covers but ends up giving catch to David Miller
India 173/1 after 30 overs:
Shikhar Dhawan is just 11 runs away from scoring a century. after failing to make huge scores in the first three ODI's, the Delhi cricketer has finally found his groove on his 100th ODI.
India 150/1 after 25 overs:
This is turning out to be yet another Dhawar-Kohli special. The left and right hand combination is going strong and making things difficult for South Africa bowlers
India 128/1 after 22 overs:
Yet another 50 for Team India skipper Virat Kohli whose average in the current ODI series is closing to 400. India skipper looking good for yet another ton
India 114/1 after 20 overs:
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 10, 2018
Shikhar Dhawan completes his 26th ODI fifty as India take control of the match. Dhawan alongside Kohli have managed to put on run partnership in put the team in strong position
India 90/1 after 17 overs:
Virat Kohli(34 runs) and Shikhar Dhawan(45 runs) have put on 71 run stand between them to steady India innings after losing Rohit Sharma early.
India 50/1 after 9 overs:
50 up for India! Rohit's early departure yet again has made not much of a difference as Kohli and Dhawan continue steady India innings.
India 26/1 in 5 overs
Rohit Sharma's poor form with the bat continues as he departs early for just 5 runs. Kagiso Rabada yet again providing the opening breakthrough for the Proteas
India 20/1 in 4 overs
WICKET! Kagiso Rabada with an early breakthrough for South Africa removing Rohit Sharma yet again. The Length ball bowled by Rabada took edge of Rohit 's bat and scooped straight back into his hands.
Johannesburg: Virat Kohli wins the toss for the second time in the series and decides to bat in the fourth ODI at New Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg .
India, who played the same side for the three games decided to make one change in the playing eleven with Kedar Jadhav making place for Shreyas Iyer who will be playing his 1st ODI in South Africa.
Shikhar Dhawan will be playing his 100th ODI for the team
South Africa made two changes to the side, The proteas dropped leg spinner Imran Tahir from the side and brought in Morne Morkel, while AB de Villiers, who missed the first three ODI's due to injury makes comeback into the side to boost the batting lineup .
India have made one change in the playing XI with Kedar Jadhav making way for Shreyas Iyer.
South Africa have made two changes to their playing XI with AB de Villiers coming in for Zondo and Morne Morkel coming in for Imran Tahir.
Good afternoon and welcome to the #PinkODI. A big day for SA coming up. @ABdeVilliers17 is back to #PitchUpInPink. Can the #ProteaFire be reignited and SA stay alive in the series? #SAvIND #MomentumODI pic.twitter.com/qPODfBk7R5— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 10, 2018
Having dominated the opposition so far in the Momentum ODI series, India will look forward to clinching their first-ever series on South African soil when the two nations lock horn in the fourth ODI at Johannesburg on Saturday.
On Wednesday, Virat Kohli and co took an unprecedented lead in the six-match series with a thumping 124-run victory against South Africa in the third ODI at Newlands, Cape Town. And now, the Men in Blue will eye history after losing the Test series earlier.
During their 2010-11 tour of the Proteas, India were caught in a similar situation, leading the ODI series 2-1 under MS Dhoni, but the hosts bounced back to eventually clinch the five-match ODI series 3-2.
A victory will also help the visitors topple the Proteas to bag the number one stop in the ICC ODI team rankings. South Africa, on the other hand, will be boosted with the return of AB de Villiers, who suffered a finger injury in January that saw him ruled out of the first three ODI matches.
Though Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock still remain on the list of casualties, the return of de Villiers will add much-needed solidity to their batting line-up, who have faltered so far against the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.
South Africa: Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungisani Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khayelihle Zondo, Farhaan Behardien, Heinrich Klaasen (wk).
Where to watch the match live?
Live telecast: The match can be seen live on Sony Ten 1 (English commentary) and Sony Ten 3 (Hindi commentary).
Live streaming: It can also be streamed live on Sony LIV, the digital platform on the internet.
What time will the match start?
The match is scheduled to start at 16.30 pm IST...