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SA vs IND 4th ODI: Twitter Reacts As Hosts Keep Series Alive With Thrilling Win

Andile Phehlukwayo and Heinrich Klassen celebrate the win (Credits: BCCI)

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.

Phehlukwayo’s 5-ball 23 runs took the game away from India (Credits: AFP)

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:


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