Couldn't have won by stopping runs: Dhawan

Pink ODI Proteas goes pink against India in the fourth ODI

"The pink has brought us some luck", stand-in-skipper Aiden Markram said after the toss.

South Africa finally turned on their game in 4th ODI, which also saw the return of AB de Villiers to Proteas squad. The strikes, in the form of Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller, frightened the daylights out of the Indian team, more so Virat Kohli, who would be wondering not what went wrong, but how so many things could go wrong in one day. He was aided by Shikhar Dhawan who weighed in with 76. Morris was playing only his second ODI at home when he first experienced the atmosphere, and he smacked 62 off 38 to win South Africa a chase of 263 from 210 for 8; Kyle Abbott scored just three runs in a 52-run stand. Morris spoke of how Dwaine Pretorius became a hero in his first Pink-Day experience a year ago.

When South Africa won in India in 2015, Harbhajan Singh, Axar Patel and Amit Mishrah, who did the majority of the spin bowling for the hosts, claimed just 15 wickets between them over the five-match series. When he did manage to make contact and send the ball to the square-leg boundary, he had done a 180 degree pirouette and MS Dhoni behind the stumps was in danger of decapitation by the flailing bat. The left-hander also became the first Indian opener since Sachin Tendulkar in 2003 (152 vs Namibia in the 2003 World Cup) to score an ODI ton in South Africa. The wiry spinner seemed to have read the batsman's intentions and bowled a leg-break wide of the off-stump which, after turning, moved nearly outside the cut strip. But recently they are visiting South Africa where CSA which is Cricket South Africa has arranged a duel tournament.

Mignon du Preez scored a valiant unbeaten 90 as South Africa pulled off a consolation seven-wicket win over India in the three-match series, which was part of the ICC Women's ODI Championship.

Miller was given two lives - a dropped catch in the deep and then was bowled off a no ball off Yuzvendra Chahal. Kohli stuck to Chahal for the next over, and the first three balls promptly disappeared for 14 runs. They followed that with a nine-wicket win with 177 balls in hand in the second ODI, at Centurion. Perhaps he was hoping his pace bowlers would be able to use the freshness of the wicket and get India out for a small total. Rabada (2-58) was particularly impressive at the death as his last five overs conceded only 28 runs. "You never know what happens in the future but I am really happy at the moment", he added.

"When AB got out we felt we were in the game but these two took it away from us".

"They feel at the top of their game when they have the pitches supporting them even a little bit". They have been doing very well, more than well for us. Kuldeep Yadav too was on the expensive side in this match. In the match, South Africa won by 72 runs at Cape Town against India. In accordance with Article 2.5.1of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

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