Johannesburg [South Africa]: Tracking the series 3-0, South Africa came back strong in the fourth ODI of the six-match series to beat India by five wickets and keep the series alive. India Skipper Virat Kohli congratulated the hosts on their first win, however lamented the unforced errors made by his group on the field.South Africa
chased after down a rain-reduced target of 202 to win by 5 wickets with 15 balls staying in a thrilling clash at the Wanderers in game which began on Saturday afternoon and ended on Sunday.
“In hindsight you have to offer credit to South Africa. I believe they had fun with a lot of character in the end, they pulled through, they should have to win. They are a quality side, we expected them to play quality cricket and they played well tonight,” Kohli stated in a post match ceremony.India were strongly placed in the match before the weather condition disrupted the match. After 31 overs in the very first innings they were fantastically placed at 176/1, with both of Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan apparently nearing centuries.However, as the game resumed, India lost Dhawan after scoring
a century. They then lost fast wickets of Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya.”After the break when Shikhar and Jinks [Ajinkya] came off the wicket played a bit in a different way, it wasn’t as great to bat after the break, “he said.The skipper included, “After the lightning break the guys felt with the weather getting cooler, the wicket got faster at night, which continued through the innings, so I do not think the guys rather settled in the later half.” As South Africa pertained to bat in, India searched in control as AB de Villiers was sent out loading with the hosts still needing 100 runs off just 67 balls remaining.However, David Miller scored a fast 39 after being visited Shreyas Iyer at deep Yuzvendra Chahal ball.He shared a
quickfire stand of 72 with wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen, whose 43 not out off 27 balls made him the male of the
match award.Kohli said, “It was more like a T20 game where you need to go after the bowlers and it can get tough when individuals enter a groove and when a side has momentum it can be really challenging to stop them. Especially Miller and their wicket keeper batted effectively, when we got AB I thought we were in the game, but those 2 men took the game far from us.” “We did not grab our chances. You have to take your opportunities in this game, no balls are a fine line. We did not be worthy of to win tonight, that’s the method the video game goes, “the skipper regreted.(RECTUM)