Klaasen, Phehlukwayo keep South Africa alive with five-wicket win in Johannesburg

Klaasen, Phehlukwayo keep South Africa alive with five-wicket win in Johannesburg

Team India is already leading in this series by 3-0, they are just one step away from establishing a series win record in South Africa. It was a lovely piece of leg-spin bowling and could have been the series-clinching delivery, only if Yuzvendra Chahal had managed to keep his foot behind the front line.

Two breaks in play hurt India.

There was also almost an hour's interruption during India's innings.

The game was repeatedly interrupted due to lightning and rain with the players forced to leave the field and eventually the second innings was reduced to 28 overs after India piled 289 for seven batting first.

After three excoriating experiences in the one-day series so far, South Africa need any snippet of optimism they can find as they try to pick themselves up for the remaining three games against India. Moreover, Chahal had Miller dropped on 6, and then bowled on 7 in the same over - only for replays to show that he had overstepped. We know we've under performed, and we know the way we've lost hasn't been good.

"Of course rain had an impact too". 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. When he did manage to make contact and send the ball to the square-leg boundary, he had done a 180 degree pirouette and MS Dhoni behind the stumps was in danger of decapitation by the flailing bat. "That's the reason", he added. To win against India was a great achievement but at the home venue, Proteas are very strong indeed. The atmosphere was ballistic and this will be a massive confidence boost to get the first win under the belt, it's really lifted the spirits and our belief.

If Lendl Simmons benefited from off-spinner R Ashwin and medium-pacer Hardik Pandya overstepping in a thrilling tie at the Wankhede, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was the culprit in the Champions Trophy summit clash at the Oval. It favoured Miller and he took it with both hands and he smacked lots of boundaries and the momentum changed.

India were dominant at that point, scoring at just under eight runs an over with Kohli in complete control and Shikhar Dhawan riding his luck.

This match is of vital importance for South Africa in their home season. These two spinners have won three games for us. The break in play did not help the visitors as Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane (8) fell immediately on the restart to Morne Morkel (1-55) and Lungi Ngidi (2-52) respectively.

South Africa did not allow him any runs on the cut until the 43rd delivery he faced. They got hit and they will learn a lot of things.

Kohli said yesterday's hundred was special in the sense that he had to continuously change his game through the innings. "Some might think they have bowled in T20 cricket when the conditions are very hard and they have picked up wickets on a regular basis there as well", Kohli said.

Even Andile Phehlukwayo, who'd struggled in his first spell - conceding 27 in three overs - turned around his evening, mixing lengths and pace, and going for just 11 runs in his second three-over spell.



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