February 22, 2018

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Two weeks ago Proteas wicketkeeper/batsman Heinrich Klaasen could not get tickets for the Pink ODI but as fate would have it‚ he turned out to be the hero in South Africa's much-needed five wickets victory over India at the Bullring on Saturday.

With 271 runs from four matches at a staggering average of 90.33, Dhawan is only behind Kohli (393 runs) on the list of batsmen with most runs in the ongoing series. The team continued supporting their campaign against breast cancer.

At that stage India had looked on course for a score well in excess of 320 but managed only 83 runs for the loss of five more wickets in the final 15 overs after the players had left the field because of the threat of lightning. For India it was Shikhar Dhawan who was the star with the bat. His century came off just 99 balls.

That double strike by South Africa combined with a near hour-long interruption for lightning halted India's momentum.

Once play resumed, South Africa began to claw their way back into the game, starting with the dismissal of Dhawan, who scored 109 off 105 deliveries, which included 10 boundaries and two sixes.

Dhawan, who put on 158 runs with skipper Virat Kohli (75), thus became the first Indian batsman to score a ton in his 100th ODI. In 4 innings, the India opener has managed just 40 runs at an average of 10 and while that still doesn't mean that he will be rested, it does place a huge question mark on his technique is conditions that are ideal for swing and seam.

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Another rain break later, during South Africa's innings, forced the match to be reduced to 28 overs with the hosts set a revised target of 202.

JP Duminy fell shortly after the delay as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav for 10 runs.

Miller made sure India paid the price by hitting a match-winning 28-ball 39. First, Dhawan was caught at mid-off off Morne Morkel (1/55) and six balls later, Ajinkya Rahane (8) holed out to deep square leg.

He shared a quickfire stand of 72 with wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen, whose 43 not out off 27 balls earned him the man of the match award.

Despite practicing with local wrist spinners at Newlands, the Proteas' batting line-up still collapsed against the Indian spin duo, with both Chahal and Kuldeep taking four wickets apiece.

One thing that South Africa will want to do better is to try and get into India's middle order early with the ball. A rain delay after the fall of the wicket led to a shortened game but nearly immediately after resumption, Kohli pressed Kuldeep into the attack. No-balls are fine lines.

"The game getting shorter probably worked in their favour, they had to hit regardless of what the situation was. He bowled quite wide and got a lot of turn and bounce, that was my gutsy shot at that moment and I pulled it off", said Klaasen. To put some pressure on the Indians is a good feeling and to win is better still.

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