South Africa have defeated India finally in the fourth ODI of the six-match series in the Pink ODI at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. It was the much-needed victory for the home side as they battered the wrist-spinners in a shortened game and won the match with 15 balls to spare.
The Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first on a day when South Africa were immensely bolstered by the return of AB de Villiers. The Wanderers was buzzing and was all in Pink amidst which only the Indians were in the blue.
Rohit Sharma once again failed to get going and was sent packing by Kagiso Rabada on 5 in the fourth over but Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan hit a century and upstaged his captain, Virat Kohli, in the fourth one-day international against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. Dhawan made 109 in an Indian total of 289 for seven after Kohli won the toss and decided to bat on a hard, true pitch.
The threat of lightning interrupted play for a second time early in South Africa’s innings in the fourth one-day international against India. Set to make 290 to win, South Africa were 43 for one when the umpires took the players off the field immediately after South African captain Aiden Markram was out for 22, leg before wicket to Jasprit Bumrah.
Heavy rain started falling soon after the stoppage. Play was halted for 52 minutes during India’s innings of 289 for seven. No overs were lost during the Indian innings but overs were set to be reduced once the total time lost in the match exceeded an hour.
South Africa were set a reduced target of 202 in 28 overs which they achieved with 15 balls remaining. Heinrich Klaasen remained unbeaten on 43 off just 27 balls.