Virat Kohli rues missed chances as South Africa keep series alive

Virat Kohli. Pic/AFP
Virat Kohli. Pic/AFP Africa at the Wanderers Arena on Saturday.”You need to take your chances in this game,” stated Kohli after David Miller left twice in one over at a time when India appeared to have actually taken control. South Africa ferreted out a rain-reduced target of 202 in 28 overs with 5 wickets and 15 balls to spare to keep alive their hopes of sharing the six-match series after losing the first three games.But the home team’s possibilities looked slim when returning star AB de Villiers was fourth male out with 100 runs still required and only 67 balls remaining. In the next over David Miller, on six, was come by Shreyas Iyer at deep square leg off leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Back on strike in the same over he missed out on a sweep and was bowled– only to be remembered when a replay showed Chahal had sent out down a no-ball. Miller went on to hit 39 and shared a quickfire stand of 72 with Heinrich Klaasen, whose 43 not out off 27 balls made him the man of the match award.Two weather interruptions played a key function. India were 200 for 2, with Shikhar Dhawan on 107 not out when the hazard of lightning triggered a stoppage after 34.2 overs. Dhawan included just two runs after the resumption and India lost five wickets for 89 go to end up with a slightly disappointing 289 for seven. South Africa were 43 for one after 7.2 overs when lightning, followed by rain, caused a prolonged hold-up. They came back requiring another 159 run 20.4 overs.”It basically became a T20 video game,” stated Kohli. “We did not grab our opportunities so we did not deserve to win. “Indian spinners Chahal and left-armer Kuldeep Yadav, who took 21 wickets in between them in the first three matches, conceded a combined 119 run 11.3 overs on Saturday as they struggled to manage a damp ball versus aggressive batting.”It was good to put some pressure on the Indians. The message today was to put worry aside,” said South African captain Aiden Markram.

Kohli, the star of a series where India hold an unequalled 3-0 lead, played another valuable innings, striking 75 in a second-wicket stand of 178 with Dhawan. His 83-ball innings took Kohli to 393 runs for a series where he has only been dismissed twice. It was the third successive big collaboration in between Dhawan and Kohli. They put on an unbeaten 93 in going after down a small target in the 2nd match in Centurion and added 140 in setting up a win in the 3rd match in Cape Town. This time, though, it was the left-handed Dhawan who made the biggest contribution, hitting his 13th ODI century in his 100th match in the format. His 109 runs were scored off 105 balls, with 10 fours and two sixes.Download the brand-new mid-day< a title="mid-day android app "href= target=_ blank > Android and

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