Proteas fined for slow over-rate in J'burg ODI

Proteas fined for slow over-rate in J'burg ODI

Proteas fined for slow over-rate in J'burg ODI

Ahead of the fifth ODI in Port Elizabeth, South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo has revealed that after winning the Pink ODI on Saturday the Proteas have emerged much more confident that even before in the series. Playing his only 2nd ODI, which was against India and that too a must-win in order to keep the series alive, Klaasen outplayed Indian bowler with his blistering batting.

Klaasen scored a magnificent unbeaten 43 off only 27 balls (5×4, 1×6) to help propel the South Africa to a five-wicket win via the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Crucially, South Africa have demystified to some extent the hold that Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav had over their batsmen. The series is now well poised with India leading 3-1.

But South Africa were still busy making a mess of their run-chase despite all these serendipitous circumstances as they slipped to 102 for four in the 17 over.

While India's wrist-spinners have bamboozled South Africa so far in this series, India have played Imran Tahir easily.

"Talking to our spinning coach (Claude Henderson), I just said that I wanted to get the first knock out of the way, get settled with the nerves and all those things", he said.

Deepti Sharma and Veda Krishnamurthy, who made 79 and 56 respectively in the last match, would be hoping to carry on their good form in the shortest format.

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Speaking after the match, India captain Virat Kohli has rued his team's misfortune but admitted that South Africa was the deserving victor as it showed a lot of character.

South Africa: Aiden Markram (capt), Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungisani Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khayelihle Zondo, Farhaan Behardien, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), AB de Villiers.

The two teams now travel to Port Elizabeth for the penultimate match on the eve of Valentines day. "Definitely we'll take that into consideration", said R Sridhar, India's fielding coach.

Cut down the list to ODI matches India have lost since the Champions Trophy (five) and you see that the lack of contribution from the middle-order has been a vital factor in each of these losses. So, they too lead of the series. Rohit Sharma has had woeful returns so far in the series, and he's due a big one.

"They are a quality side, we expected them to play quality cricket and they played well". "We didn't have the confidence but just to get the first win has lifted the spirits in the change room". "I was told to look to be positive‚ watch the ball and execute my game plans that I have‚" said the 21-year-old. We know we have to be really positive.

After winning the first three games in the ODI series against South Africa, Team India was handed a shock defeat in the fourth ODI at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. When one of them go wrong in a particular, the result goes against them. "Anyone can have a sh*t day. but these two spinners have won three games for us", said India's opener Shikhar Dhawan.

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