After losing three matches in a row, AB de Villiers’ comeback in the 4th ODI changed South Africa’s fortunes as the hosts defeated India by five wickets at Johannesburg. Chasing a revised target of 202 runs from 28 overs, South Africa maintained their unbeaten record in pink jersey as they chased down the target successfully in 25.3 overs. Hashim Amla (33), AB de Villiers (26), David Miller (39) scored crucial knocks, but it was Heinrich Klaasen (43* off 27 balls) and Andile Phehlukwayo (23* off 5 balls) who stunned the Indian players with their sensational batting. (India vs South Africa, 4th ODI: As it happened)
Miller got a reprieve at 8 when he was bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal off a no-ball. In the same over, he was dropped by Shreyas Iyer. There was no looking back for him after that as he launched a counter attack which worked for him.
Chasing a target of 290, South African openers Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram (22) added 43 runs for the opening wicket before the latter was dismissed by Bumrah. Immediately after Markram’s departure, players were off the field due to rain. When the play resumed next, South Africa were given a new target of 202 runs from 28 overs.
Earlier, batting first, Men in Blue posted a challenging 289-run total, thanks to a magnificent 158-run partnership between Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. After Kagiso Rabada took an excellent low catch off his own bowling to dismiss Rohit Sharma, Dhawan and Kohli, who have been in sublime form in this series, continued their good run by adding another century partnership. The 158-run partnership between the two was their eigth century stand in ODIs, four off which have come against South Africa.
The Indian middle-order however could not capitalise on the good work done by Kohli and Dhawan. After Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya departed in quick succession, MS Dhoni took the visitors to a challenging total. Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi were the pick of the South African bowlers as they claimed two wickets each. Morne Morkel and Chris Morris shared two wickets between themselves.