South Africa win to keep ODI series alive

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Before the interruption, however, Dhawan and Kohli, dominated the home bowlers and steered India to a position of strength.

As a result, the initial target was 290. It is always hard under lights to chase at the Wanderers.

And there would be more.

The hosts in Johannesburg chased down a revised target of 202, ultimately easily, after David Miller was bowled off a no-ball and used his life to crack a match-turning 39 from 28 balls. After 31 overs in the first innings they were superbly placed at 176/1, with both of Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan seemingly nearing centuries. At the centre of it all was a newbie.

His 27-ball 43 was studded with five eye-catching boundaries and a spectacular six but what really stood out was his exceptional mental game at the crease to put the spinners off. Chahal went for 22 off the 14 balls he bowled to Klaasen, while Kuldeep was taken for 15 from 7.

With their top four batsmen back in the pavilion by the 17th over with just 102 runs on the board, the Proteas seemed to have lost their way and headed for certain defeat. The Indian skipper persisted with Chahal from one end and Pandya from the other. Clearly, he hasn't taken too well to India making him look like a walking wicket.

Their bowling figures were ugly, with Chahal conceding 68 runs in 5.3 overs, and Kuldeep 51 in 6 overs, with economy rates of 12.36 and 8.50 respectively. 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. A great partnership between Miller and Klaasen.

"Andile can certainly hit the ball quite far, even though he said he mistimed a couple!"

Those cameos put the highest scorer of the day wondering what if.

Once their partnership went past 100, the duo accelerated with a flurry of boundaries before a small period of lull gave South Africa a chance. He stopped pottering around and started going for the big shots and they kept coming off.

In doing so, Kohli became the second batsman after de Villiers to score 350-plus runs in an ODI bilateral series on South African soil. No sooner had Dhawan walked back that Ajinkya Rahane pulled a short ball straight to deep midwicket.

The team management probably backed Iyer's back foot stroke play to come good on the bouncy surface of Bullring, but the move didn't work. The defeat for India means they will have to wait to seal their historic series win in South Africa for now.

With his 75 runs in the Pink ODI against Aiden Markram-led Proteas side, Kohli also surpassed West Indies' star batsman Chris Gayle (9420 runs). He was out cheaply again, this time for 5 runs off 13 balls, as Kagiso Rabada (2-58) took a brilliant reflex return catch diving forward. And he turned so very hostile. His century came off just 99 balls. South Africa's stand-in captain was at cover when a full-blooded slash came his way. Kohli smashed a six and seven fours in his 83-ball 75 knock.

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