South Africa win rain-curtailed 4th ODI vs India

South Africa win rain-curtailed 4th ODI vs India

South Africa win rain-curtailed 4th ODI vs India

Cape Town - Heinrich Klaasen says the way he was dismissed on his global debut spurred him on to play the innings required as he helped the Proteas beat India by five wickets in the Pink ODI at the Wanderers on Saturday to stay alive in the series. However, the Indian cricket team skipper sailed past yet another landmark as he went past Mohammad Azharuddin (9378 runs) to join the top five list of Indian run-getters in ODIs.

India captain Virat Kohli, however, rued his team's misfortune but admitted that South Africa were the deserving winners as they showed a lot of character.

This was after India won the toss and opted to bat on a true batting surface.

After a few sedate overs, JP Duminy was contentiously adjudged leg-before off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav.

The 29-year-old run-machine slammed his 34th one-day hundred in the third ODI against South Africa on Wednesday, once again playing a pivotal role in a massive India win.

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But as far as ODI cricket is concerned, it's been a long time since spinners have proved so instrumental in the outcome of a series as has been the case with Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav here in the last fortnight. India had previously broken into unchartered territory at Newlands when, for the first time since they began touring here in 1992-93, they won three matches in a bilateral ODI engagement in South Africa.

"It (century) could not have been better considering it was my 100th ODI match". Usually our spinners don't bowl no balls.

Dhawan fell quickly after the first interruption and Aiden Markram's phenomenal one-handed catch to dismiss Hardik Pandya helped South Africa limit the tourists to 289-7.

Miller still needed a second chance after he was clean bowled for seven by Chahal off a no-ball.

When Miller did go, this time lbw to Chahal, new man Phehlukwayo took one ball to take a look at the bowling.

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Proteas star batsman AB De Villiers said,"We realise the importance of highlighting awareness around breast cancer and for us to play in pink is our way of contributing to the campaign". They went for 119 runs in less than 12 overs. Proteas defeated India by 5 wickets (D/L method) in the rain-marred fourth one-day internationals (ODIs) at the Wanderers Stadium. The right-hander drove a full delivery back to paceman Kagiso Rabada, who managed to take a very low catch. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had three overs more to bowl between them and that remained not properly explained. In fact, Chris Morris said the home team has lost the three games by millimetres. "Especially Miller and their wicket keeper batted very well, when we got AB I thought we were in the game, but those two guys took the game away from us". The two sides will next play the fifth match at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on February 13.

Rain also played a big role in the match.

However, he ploughed on and when chances presented themselves, he grabbed them with some emphatic pulls and flicks on the on-side.

It's always wonderful to see a cause get support in sport.

The victory will sure bring back South Africa's confidence, which faded since India's triumphant run commenced.

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