Monday, 26 February, 2018

Here are the talking points from Johannesburg 'Pink ODI'

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Frederick Owens | 12 February, 2018, 07:54

The Virat Kohli-led side is leading the series 3-0 and will aim to write a history here by winning the game and eventually the six-match series, as India have never won a series in South Africa. He was out cheaply again, this time for 5 runs off 13 balls, as Kagiso Rabada (2-58) took a brilliant reflex return catch diving forward. With 40 runs from four matches at an average of just 10, Rohit is only putting more pressure on himself with each passing game.

The wicket will carry bounce for the seamers, but the batsmen will also enjoy batting at the venue.

Needing 42 off the last 30 balls, du Preez took her team over the line in 49.2 overs after opener Laura Wolvaardt struck 59 to lay the foundation for a successful chase.

The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has clearly not been in his elements and his Saturday innings was yet another stark reminder of how badly his near-perfect hand-eye coordination has been betraying him lately. Then with Jasprit Bumrah having trapped Aiden Markram lbw and South Africa 43 for 1 in 7.2 overs, the players went off again. The rest of India's line-up faces many questions.

India captain Virat Kohli, however, rued his team's misfortune but admitted that South Africa were the deserving winners as they showed a lot of character.

"We've got game plans, but they've been good enough not to give us balls to play in our game plan", said Duminy. AB de Villiers returned for South Africa in the place of Kaya Zondo and Morne Morkel got the nod ahead of spinner Imran Tahir.

Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most ODI centuries, 49 in 463 matches, while the only other batsman to record 30 centuries in this format is Australia's Ricky Ponting, whose 30 came in 375 matches.

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He and partner Kevin Streelman held the lead after every round of the event, which ended Sunday in Pebble Beach, Calif. Fellow American Phil Mickelson (67) was joint second with Chez Reavie (68) and Australia's Jason Day (70).


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Klaasen and Andile Phehlukwayo finished things off for the Proteas as they forged an unbeaten 33-run stand.

Klaasen's second ODI happened to be the Pink Day, a game South Africa have never lost, a game that they were threatening to lose despite everything going their way: India chose to bat despite a forecast of rain, the weather delivered them a T20-like target after India had nearly bowled their fast bowlers out, and the spinners were struggling with the wet ball.

The victory will sure bring back South Africa's confidence, which faded since India's triumphant run commenced.

With the imperious batting of Miller (39) and Klaasen (43), South Africa reached their revised target with 15 balls to spare as they halted the three match losing streak to take this series to 3-1 with two matches in Port Elizabeth and Centurion to come.

Before the interruption, however, Dhawan and Kohli, dominated the home bowlers and steered India to a position of strength. AB's innings (26 off 18 balls) may not have lasted long but he showed his team-mates that once you start going after the spinners, the mind can do odd things.

Chahal and Yadav have combined for 21 wickets in the first three ODIs of the ongoing six-match series. The wiry spinner seemed to have read the batsman's intentions and bowled a leg-break wide of the off-stump which, after turning, moved nearly outside the cut strip.

"It was definitely a momentum changer for us, getting that free hit on David's wicket". First he was dropped and then got bowled off a no ball.

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