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South Africa win rain-curtailed 4th ODI vs India

12 February 2018

JP Duminy fell shortly after the delay as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav for 10 runs.

Despite the loss, India still lead the six-match ODI series 3-1.

Beaming in confidence after three consecutive wins, India will press hard to pocket a historic ODI series when they face a depleted South Africa, who will hope for some AB de Villiers' magic in the fourth one-dayer at the New Wanderers Stadium here on Saturday.

A victory will also help the visitors topple the Proteas to bag the number one stop in the ICC ODI team rankings. After the second rain interruption, the target was revised to 202 in 28 overs. His knock was studded with ten fours and two sixes.

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Klaasen finished unbeaten on 43 off only 27 balls, smashing five fours and a six, as - in just his second One-Day International - he showed terrific composure and nous to haul the Proteas across the winning line with 15 balls to spare. The spinners have taken 21 of the 28 wickets to fall from the opposition whereas Kohli averages over a 100 in the three matches played. Even as he was careful to not go after every ball, he remained positive, used the depth of the crease and brought out some unorthodox shots to force the bowlers to do something different. Credit to them. Both are very courageous in terms of how they bowl and the kind of fields they want as well.

"Of course rain had an impact too". The spinners went for 12.4 and 8.5. At that time, we needed wickets. Ajay is presently playing at the Johannesburg Premier league and is the highest wicket taker among the spinners having claimed over 400 wickets already. When he goes, you take that role up and another guy rotates strike. Sometimes, it doesn't pay off.

Klaasen and Andile Phehlukwayo finished things off for the Proteas as they forged an unbeaten 33-run stand. The youngster picked up two wickets in an economical first-spell to put India on top. Even if Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar were being held back for the last few overs, Bhuvneshwar would have bowled only five.

When Kuldeep Yadav tried to square him up, he took a leaf from the AB de Villiers manual, moved past the off-stump and scooped him for a triple. So much so, they are now on the cusp of a series win should they win the fourth ODI in Johannesburg on Saturday. A great partnership between Miller and Klaasen. "Definitely, I was very surprised". So that just changed up their lengths, and it suits me a little bit better. Anyone can have a bad day.

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Dhawan reiterated that this was not an everyday occurrence. Otherwise we were in very good position. "You never know what happens in the future but I am really happy at the moment", he added. These two spinners have won three games for us.

It's always wonderful to see a cause get support in sport. Anyone can have a bad day. Luck was on his side. It favoured Miller and he took it with both hands and he smacked lots of boundaries and the momentum changed.

"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".

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South Africa win rain-curtailed 4th ODI vs India