The 6 match ODI series between India and South Africa has pretty much been a one sided contest for the first 3 ODI’s with the Indians taking a commanding 3-0 lead. They would have liked to win the 4th ODI on Saturday at Johannesburg but South Africa finally decided to fight back and walked away with a victory to keep the series alive.
India’s Middle-Order Exposed Again
Rohit Sharma has had a disastrous South Africa tour on the field in both the tests and ODI formats but atleast he has had fun as a tourist. S Dhawan and V Kohli once again continued their good form and put India in a commanding position. Rain interrupted play and the break worked in favour of the South Africans as both Dhawan (109) and Kohli (75) departed in quick succession after laying a great platform.
India’s middle-order has failed miserably but their shoddy performance has been masked by the brilliance of Kohli and Dhawan. The middle order failed yet again and as a result India managed to get only 289 when they should have got over 320 easily. H Pandya has gone from rising star in the first test match to falling start for the remainder of the tour as he failed with both bat and ball – yet again. Might be time for the selectors to rest him and play K Jadhav for the 5th ODI.
Miller & Klaasen Fire Proteas To Victory
South Africa had to chase down 202 runs from 28 overs based on the D/L system. This was basically a 20/20 match and the Proteas did it in commanding fashion. They were helped by the return of AB de Villiers who proved his worth in the field and his presence certainly helped boost the overall team spirit.
The spin-twins who caused havoc in the first three ODIs found it hard going with all the rain around. D Miller (39) and H Klassen (43) hit the spinners to all parts of the ground to take South Africa home with 2.3 overs to spare. This win keeps the series alive and India will be looking to win the 5th ODI on 13th Feb at Port Elizabeth and get a much deserved overseas series victory.
India will do well to bring back K Jadhav in the 5th ODI as he can bowl and bat – something which H Pandya has struggled to do in the last 4 ODIs.