Klaasen, Miller humble India, keep SA alive

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Earlier in the Pink ODI, India had won the toss and made a decision to have a bat. "Obviously, they had their plans, but I adjusted to those things and started off well", he said. But Kohli strangely enough took Kuldeep out of the attack when AB de Villiers was there early on. De Villiers had scored 367 runs against Pakistan in 2013. Like our spinners don't often bowl no balls. The Indian skipper persisted with Chahal from one end and Pandya from the other. Heinrich Klaasen, the unassuming, tall wicketkeeper, who under the helmet looks and walks like Martin Guptill, had no inkling he would be playing for South Africa this month. It forced Chahal onto the defensive for probably the first time in the series and showed the South Africans that there was a way out of this quagmire. Against another batsman, David Miller, Chahal was back to bowling slow and looking for the wicket.

"The momentum changed after the dropped catch and then a wicket off no-ball". There was also a delay in India's innings for weather. Miller and Klaasen capitalized on those reprieves, by peppering the boundary consistently.

David Miller has now found his gears and it has taken a dismissal off a no ball by Chahal to get him going.

Andile Phehlukwayo hit 23 not out off just five balls to seal the match for the hosts. "The wicket gets faster as the deck got hard".

"Of course rain had an impact too". They got all out scoring 209 runs in 73.4 overs. On the night, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were the main bowlers because the spinners were struggling to grip it.

Batting first India had set a total of 290 to be chased. "But once it rained again, the outfield became wet". Kohli has hit two centuries and 46 not out to go with his 75 on Saturday.

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

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Dhawan added only two runs after the resumption and India lost five wickets for 89 runs to finish with a slightly disappointing 289 for seven. "Wickets were very important", he said.

But the batsman it was a calculated risk which he took against the spinners. "Sometimes you have to try playing innovative shots and am glad it came off tonight".

Dhawan only had words of encouragement for the spinners. As their home tournament, they knew much about their field nature.

The two, who stitched up partnerships of 34, 93, and 140 in the first three ODIs respectively, forged a 158-run stand for the second wicket in the 4th ODI, with Dhawan bagging a ton. My support is always with them. "Anyone can have a bad day", he said. He (Miller) had luck on his side and grabbed the chances with both hands.

"As I said, it's not a thing that happens every time". The onus will be on Kagiso Rabada and the veteran Morne Morkel to nail the right areas with the white cherry and get those crucial breakthroughs inside the first 10 overs. It's just one loss.

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

The wicket-keeper batsman only got his chance due to an injury to Quinton de Kock but he has now made it count with a cameo as entertaining as they come.

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