The pink jersey finally brought some much-needed luck for South Africa. The Proteas beat India by 5 wickets (DLS method) in a rain-curtailed fourth ODI to keep the series alive. The host slammed spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav for 119 runs in just 69 balls to win the game.
The game was in India’s clutches when AB de Villiers perished by pulling Hardik Pandya. At that stage, South Africa still needed 100 off 67 balls. With the big names already back in the hut, the game was slightly tilted in India’s favour. The rain break that had reduced the contest to a 28-over clash, asking South Africa to score 202.
The fortunes soon changed when David Miller got a couple of reprieves inside a over. He scored 39 off 28 to keep the Proteas in hunt. On the other end, Heinrich Klaasen remained till the end and became his team’s hero. Klaasen scored 43 off 27 and was well supported by Andile Phehlukwayo as they shared an unbeaten stand of 33 runs to take their team home. Phehlukwayo stunned India by scoring 23 off just 5 as the Proteas chased down the total with 15 balls remaining.
Earlier, another middle-order failure prevented India from capitalising on the good start. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli had done their part by sharing 158 runs for the second wicket. Chris Morris ended the stand by dismissing Kohli for 75. Dhawan, on the other hand, went on to score a fine century. However, once both of them were dismissed, India lost its way.
India kept losing wickets at regular intervals and struggled for momentum at the death. Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya failed to get going. MS Dhoni remained till the end, scoring 42 to help India post 289.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:
Power in pink#ProteasFire
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) February 10, 2018
— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) February 10, 2018
So good to finallly see good competition between 2 good teams. Thanks to both! #SAvsIND
— mark boucher (@markb46) February 10, 2018
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) February 10, 2018
South Africa's pink jersey record is as clean as India's World Cup record against Pakistan. #SAvIND
— Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) February 10, 2018
Shameful performance! Indian team should sack duckworth-lewis and retain rohit sharma!
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) February 10, 2018
No ball by Chahal. Jaipur Police may have just got their new mascot #SAvsIND
— GoanPatiala (@TheGoanPatiala) February 10, 2018
Shreyas Iyer making sure we don’t miss Kedhar Jadhav with that dropped catch. #SAvIND
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) February 10, 2018
Whenever India gets on top lightning or Elgar strikes #SAvIND
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) February 10, 2018
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 10, 2018
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) February 10, 2018
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) February 10, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 10, 2018
Can imagine bowlers shifting to Ice cricket and T10 cricket after a time, just because Virat Kohli doesn't play it.
— Silly Point 🏏 (@FarziCricketer) February 10, 2018
Dark Cloud over Rohit Sharma's career interrupts the match #SAvIND
— cricBC (@cricBC) February 10, 2018
Pic 1: Rohit sharma against sri lanka
pic 2: Rohit sharma against South Africa pic.twitter.com/arFxw5lHoS
— VIKRAM (VIKING) AHIR (@ahir_believes) February 10, 2018