Late hitting heroics keep South Africa alive in ODI series against India

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Klaasen's second ODI happened to be the Pink Day, a game South Africa have never lost, a game that they were threatening to lose despite everything going their way: India chose to bat despite a forecast of rain, the weather delivered them a T20-like target after India had nearly bowled their fast bowlers out, and the spinners were struggling with the wet ball. The new target of 202 meant that South Africa required around eight runs an over to get over the line.

The match also features a drive to collect money for the treatment of men and women suffering from breast cancer and this year raised $136,410, nearly double of what was donated the last time around and far more than the targeted $83,000.

With India cruising, the Proteas found themselves in an all too familiar position where India were dominating the game. Kohli smashed a six and seven fours in his 83-ball 75 knock. Kohli has hit two centuries and 46 not out to go with his 75 in Johannesburg. He scored 109 off 105 balls.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan said he was elated after scoring a century in the fourth ODI of the ongoing six-match series against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday (February 10), which was also his 100th worldwide outing for India in the 50-over format.

Van Niekerk's ingenuity amounted to a 72-run stand with du Preez, who anchored the chase with an unbeaten 111-ball 90 that steered a 118-run third-wicket partnership with 18-year-old Wolvaardt.

Ajinkya Rahane wasted another opportunity to make the No 4 slot his own by finding a fielder in the deep despite having plenty of overs to play around with.

After nearly two hours, the match got underway again, but it was cut down to 28 overs and South Africa's target was revised to 202. First he was dropped and then got bowled off a no ball.

As South Africa came to bat in, India looked in control as AB de Villiers was sent packing with the hosts still needing 100 runs off only 67 balls remaining. It was short, the trajectory was flat, the pace was high, and de Villiers sent it back where it had just come from. It was Heinrich Klaasen's 27-ball unbeaten 43 and Andile Phehlukwayo's 23 off five balls that helped South Africa register their first win in the series. Both of them picked two wickets each. "We did not deserve to win tonight, that's the way the game goes", the skipper lamented. "Our guys didn't settle in the second half". But came to bat at their opening match, South AFrica could not play the whole first day but in 73.1 overs they got packet.

The onslaught was started and probably inspired by AB de Villiers when he hit two sixes in an over.

"It was definitely a momentum changer for us, getting that free hit on David's wicket".

When David Miller was bowled while trying to hit an incoming delivery from leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, the visitors must have thought that the match was as good as in the bag. 100% nervous. Have done it before in amateur cricket.

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