Twitter Reactions As Bolwers Cost India The 4th ODI


Klaasen's second ODI happened to be the Pink Day, a game South Africa have never lost, a game that they were threatening to lose despite everything going their way: India chose to bat despite a forecast of rain, the weather delivered them a T20-like target after India had nearly bowled their fast bowlers out, and the spinners were struggling with the wet ball. "My support is always with them", Dhawan said.

Shikhar Dhawan made a century and Virat Kohli pummeled South Africa's bowlers again but India lost momentum after those two departed to post 289-7 in the fourth one-day worldwide on Saturday.

But the main talking point of the day was wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal's below-par performances as the duo endured their first bad outing on this tour.

Shikhar Dhawan, who scored a century in his 100th ODI, and Virat Kohli set things up beautifully for the middle order, which failed to show up and crucial mistakes in the field then saw SA hammer their way to what seems like an easy victory.

After the first lightning break when Shikhar and Jinks (Rahane) came off, the guys felt that the wicket got faster and the weather got cooler and they felt that the ball wasn't coming on nicely.

Klaasen said that five-wicket win in the Pink ODI will give his side a massive boost in the series.

They ended on 207-5, winning with 2.3 overs to spare when Andile Phehlukwayo launched his third six to win the game.

However, he ploughed on and when chances presented themselves, he grabbed them with some emphatic pulls and flicks on the on-side. Like our spinners don't often bowl no-balls.

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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"We've already won three games, so one more game and we're through", he said.

"I just said to Aiden Markram now that two weeks ago I told my missus that I don't have tickets for the game and now this".

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

But the batsman it was a calculated risk which he took against the spinners.

Dhawan said it is important to go through failures in life to learn lessons and Chahal and Yadav should take it in their stride and look ahead.

"That's the reason", Dhawan, who marked his 100th ODI with a brilliant 109 which drove India to 289/7 in 50 overs, said.

Speaking on his knock, Dhawan said "it was a picture ideal innings". With his latest ton, he became the first Indian and ninth overall to knock a hundred in 100th ODI. So that just changed up their lengths, and it suits me a little bit better.

However, dropping Iyer after just one game will be unfair on the youngster and Virat Kohli won't do it. "I thought our death bowling in Cape Town was also very good, and that's a good thing for South Africans to see, that our death bowling is picking up".

Later, Dhawan went on to complete his century, with a straight drive off a full toss from Morris crossing the mid-off fence giving him the three-figure score.