South Africa vs India 4th ODI. Johannesburg. South Africa anyhow managed to stay alive in the six-match ODI series against India. South Africa finally won their first match in the ODI series. After 4 consecutive defeats (including last test match) against the visitors, Proteas won the 4th ODI by 5 wickets here at New Wanders, Johannesburg.
The 4th ODI at New Wanderers was halted for some time due to Thunderstorms and lightning. So using Duckworth Lewis System, match officials reduced the match and South Africa got 202 runs to achieve within 28 overs.
South Africa looked good at the start of the inning but after the fall of the first wicket of Aiden Markram (22), South Africa also started collapsing as they lost their top 4 batsmen at the score of 104 runs in 16.4 overs. AB de Villiers (26), also sent back by Hardik Pandya. David Miller (39) and Heinrich Klaasen (43*) put a solid partnership of 72 runs for the 5th wicket. They both led South Africa to the first victory of this six-match ODI series.
South Africa managed to achieve 207 runs in 25.3 overs. However, Indian bowlers tried their best to restrict the Proteas batsmen. Jaspreet Bumrah (1/21) got the first wicket early, but this was not their day today.
Earlier After winning the toss, Indian captain chose to bat first. Rohit Sharma (5) again failed the expectations and sent back early to the pavilion by Rabada. After the early dismissal of Rohit, Shikhar Dawan (109) and Virat Kohli (75) again put a solid partnership of 158 runs. Again they both together provide a solid base to the side. This partnership between Dhawan and Kohli is also the highest partnership for India against South Africa on South African Soil.
India was looking good and suddenly the bad weather as lightning and thunderstorm stopped the play for some time. After this break, South Africa jumped back into the game and Indian team started collapsing after the departure of Shikhar Dhawan at the team score of 206. However, Mahendra Singh Dhoni managed to extend the score to a decent target after 50 overs.
After the fall of Shikhar Dhawan’s wicket, no South African Bowler allowed any Indian batsmen to settle down on the crease. With the collective effort of all South African Bowlers, even after a solid start, South Africa restricted India to only 289 runs for 7 wickets.