India’s hopes to register a series victory on the South African soil were collapsed by the Proteas in the fourth ODI. The Duckworth Louis method helped the host’s team to make the first victory in the six one-dayer series by 3-1.
Due to the interruption in the match twice, the match was truncated to 28 overs. Klassen consistently countered the Indian spin attack by scoring 47 not out off 27 balls with 5 boundaries and a six.
Due to lightning and rain, the match time of 113 minutes was wasted and the hosts received winning target of 202 runs off 28 overs.
Earlier, in a 290 run chase, Markram and Amla gave a good start by 22 and 33 runs respectively before Markram got dismissed by lbw. Before the interruption due to rain, their score was 43-1.
Owing to rain, the match was truncated and the winning target was 159 off 124 balls. This did not benefit the Indians because Bhuvaneswar Kumar and Bumrah bowled for four overs each before that. Bumrah managed to get a wicket by then giving 21 runs.
Duminy and Amla did not make the stand longer as Duminy departed at the score of 10 runs. DeVilliers entered into the crease then and made 26 runs off 18 balls attacking the spinner Chahal who took a wicket off 68 runs with two sixes over the mid-wicket.
He seemed to settle but shockingly got dismissed by Hardik Pandya in the 17th over. Amla was dismissed by Bhuvaneswar Kumar.
With the dismissal of David Miller, the South Africans fell into a critical situation with 102-4. At that time, Klassen took the stand and attacked the spinners with mesmerizing shots and consistent batting. The batting pitch helped the hosts to score 119 runs off 11.3 overs.
Phehlukwayo made 23 runs off 5 balls with 1 boundary and 3 sixes leading the team to victory by 15 balls remaining.
Dhawan did well in his 100th match by scoring a hundred to sail the team to a score of 289 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. The duo of Kohli and Dhawan managed to level the record of Ganguly and Dravid for eight- century partnerships for the third wicket. Kohli scored 75 runs as well and Dhawan made 158 runs.
Dhawan was the first Indian to score a ton in his 100th ODI. The Wanderers stadium was appeared to bathe in pink, for a good cause of creating awareness about breast cancer.
Rohit Sharma again disappointed the team by his performance by departing for just five runs off 13 balls by Kagiso Rabada who took a couple of wickets.
Kohli stood as the second batsman to score 350 runs after DeVilliers on the South African soil in a bilateral series by his attacking performance.
At that time the match was halted due to rain. After the restart of the match after 14 balls, Shreyas Iyer departed at the score of 18 runs. MS Dhoni helped out the team by scoring unbeaten 42 runs.
After the rain – delay, India could score only 82 runs off 5 wickets. Hardik Pandya was the seventh man to get out from the Indian side. He was caught out by Aiden Markram.