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Klaasen, Phehlukwayo keep South Africa alive with five-wicket win in Johannesburg

The pink jersey had a change of fortune for South Africa in Johannesburg
The pink jersey had a change of fortune for South Africa in Johannesburg

South Africa 207-5 (Klaasen 43no) beat
India 289-7 (Dhawan 109) by five wickets DLS
Fourth One-Day International in Johannesburg

Heinrich Klaasen and Andile Phehlukwayo played blistering knocks at the end to help South Africa chase down the revised target of 202 runs from 28 overs with five wickets and 15 deliveries in hand in the fourth One-Day International against India in Johannesburg to keep their chances alive in the series which is poised 3-1 in favour of the visitors.

The game was repeatedly interrupted due to lightning and rain with the players forced to leave the field and eventually the second innings was reduced to 28 overs after India piled 289 for seven batting first.

Dhawan-Kohli lay solid foundation

India won the toss and decided to bat first. Rohit Sharma (5) had another failure to his name when he scooped a return catch back to Kagiso Rabada (2-58). However, Shikhar Dhawan (109) and Virat Kohli (75) played out positively scoring a flurry of boundaries to help India reach 53 for one in the first powerplay. The 50-run partnership between the duo came in the 15th over and Dhawan brought his own half-century off 53 deliveries. The milestones kept coming for India as Kohli completed yet another half-century and at the halfway mark, India were 150 for one.

South Africa pull back things

Chris Morris (1-60) provided the much needed breakthrough for South Africa when he had Kohli caught in the cover in the 32nd over and just when Dhawan was stepping up the ante, the game had a delay of 47 minutes due to lightning. The break in play did not help the visitors as Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane (8) fell immediately on the restart to Morne Morkel (1-55) and Lungi Ngidi (2-52) respectively. The late flourish which India hoped for with wickets in hand did not come as only MS Dhoni (42 not out) played a useful knock with wickets tumbling at the other end and India managed just 59 runs off the final 10 overs to end the innings with a score of 289 for seven in the 50 overs.

Target revised

Aiden Markram (22) and Hashim Amla (33) started the chase with streaky boundaries and added 43 runs off 45 deliveries before Jasprit Bumrah (1-21) trapped the South Africa captain LBW. Even a review could not save Markram there. The players were taken off the field once again due to lightning and rain but this time the game had to be shortened with South Africa facing a revised target of 202 from 28 overs.

Proteas finally exert pressure on Indian spinners

Things looked dicey for the hosts when Kuldeep Yadav (2-51) struck twice after the restart to remove JP Duminy (10) and Amla and it looked like another collapse was on the cards. AB de Villiers (26) hit Yuzvendra Chahal (1-68) for back to back sixes but fell to Hardik Pandya (1-37) in the following over. Kohli tried to exert pressure on the middle overs with the spinners in operation - a move that worked to plan in the first three games but this time David Miller (38), Klaseen (43 not out) and Phehlukwayo (23 not out) helped the Proteas reach the target in the 26th over with five wickets in hand.

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