South Africa beat India by five wickets in 4th ODI

Smriti Mandhana scored a ton to set up India's massive victory

A fired up de Villiers, the captain of the side, made the most of the platform set by de Kock and Amla, on a track that offered plenty of pace and bounce - the effects of which were felt more on the Indian batting lineup, which folded for 217 in 41 overs.

Indian wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav again bamboozled the South African batsmen, taking four for 46 and four for 23 respectively.

India, who had won the first three ODIs, now have a 3-1 lead in the six-match series. Gabbar's splendid 105-ball 109-run inning was laced with 11 fours and two sixes.

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzuvendra Chahal apart, Jasprit Bumrah has been the surprise package of the series so far here in South Africa and India's bowling coach Bharat Arun has said that some planning had been done to utilise him in the tour. Moreover, this was also Dhawan's first ODI century on South African soil. Together they attacked the South African attack, finding the pitch much to their liking.

The pair secured the victory after the Proteas were set a revised target of 202 in 28.4 overs with Klaasen making an unbeaten 43 off 27 balls (5 fours and a six) and Phehlukwayo an nearly unbelievable 23 off 5 balls (a four, 3 sixes). Chloe Tryon took two wickets giving 48 runs, while Ayabonga Khaka, Raisibe Ntozakhe and Dane van Niekerk took one wicket each.

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As has tended to be the case throughout the series, India's best phase came when Dhawan and Kohli batted. They have been surprisingly ordinary in all three matches, a shadow of their former selves. But miraculously for South Africa, television replays revealed that the delivery was a no-ball and Miller was back in the middle. While, on the other hand, Proteas will be boosted by the return of the great, AB De Villiers. It was a like T20 game which worked in South Africa's favour as their batsmen got the freedom to play go after the Indian bowlers.

In reply, South Africa rode on an 118-run third-wicket stand between Mignon du Preez (90 not out) and Laura Wolvaardt (59) to chase down the target with seven wickets and 0.4 overs to spare.

However, her dismissal, caught at mid-wicket off the bowling of Chloe Tryon, precipitated a collapse as India lost their final six wickets for 56 runs and were grateful for a 16-ball 31 from Shikha Pandey to take them to a respectable total. However, the Mumbai batsman perished to Kagiso Rabada in the fourth over. Subsequently, he also became the first Indian batsman to score a century in his 100th worldwide game. India's innings included a 52-minute stoppage for inclement weather, with the team 200 for 2 in 34.2 overs.

There were two quite stunning strokes off Lungi Ngidi - with the first, he walked down the crease and flicked the ball through mid-on, retaining balance with his back leg in the air, while the second will go down as one of the greatest shots seen at this storied venue.



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