Match Over - South Africa won by 5 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: India, who chose to bat
  • Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 10 Feb 2018, 13:00 SAST
  • Winner: South Africa
  • Man of the Match: H Klaasen

Umpires

  • Umpire1: Aleem Dar
  • Umpire2: BP Jele
  • Third Umpire: IJ Gould

207/5

 

Overs: 25.3 / 28.0

South Africa

289/7

 

Overs: 50.0 / 50.0

India

10.20pm Here's the presentation.

Heinrich Klaasen is the Man of the Match: "Unbelievable feeling, the best feeling in my career. 100% nervous. Have done it before in amateur cricket. I just want to play, thought I had to open today."

Aiden Markram: "Super relieved to have got over the line today. To be able to pressure on the Indians is a good feeling. A blessing in disguise to have that break to break their momentum. It worked out well, happy to restrict them to 290. The message was to put fear aside and go out and express ourselves. We're going to keep fighting, still not at our absolute best, but one step at a time."

Virat Kohli: "The second innings, we got a difference of 35 between runs and balls. It became a T20 game. No-balls are fine lines. SA pulled through, they deserved to win, we didn't. The pitch got faster in the evening, the guys didn't settle in the second half. The ball was a bit wet, not too wet, our spinners got a bit of turn, they improvised and it came off. The game got shorter and it worked in their favour, having to go after the bowlers."

10.05pm The Wanderers has thrown up another spectacle. Another one in pink. South Africa nail their chase of 202 inside 26 overs to get their first ODI win of the series, and keep this six-match series alive. Two big moments in this game: the lightning break in the first innings and Chahal's no-ball in the second: the latter one was arguably much more significant, because it was the difference between Miller freeing himself up and SA five down with plenty to get. However, those are the margins that cricket deals with. And you have to get in line with those margins to turn up on the right end.

The smiles on the South African faces are back, captain Markram is pumped. AB's return has transformed this time from timid to bold. And it showed. The approach, and the game situation, where they needed to score plenty, and the wet outfield, worked right in their favour against wristspin. More than Rand 1.65 million has been raised today for a great cause, but the cricket has not disappointed today either.

All of this means South Africa have a sense of how to go about the rest of this series. They have an approach, and more importantly, the confidence in their personnel. Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller played match-defining hands, while AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla played morale-boosting cameos.

But India were so close. They will feel they had this. They will feel that the series was right there, within reach, but they have let this one slip. It was set up by another fine hundred from Shikhar Dhawan, and another sublime contribution from Virat Kohli. But their wristspinners were taken apart tonight: 11.3-0-119-3. That's the risk you take with this form of cricket, and Kohli knows it. It has worked for three ODIs, and not for one, so nothing wrong with their method.

WATCH - Phehlukwayo's winning six (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

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Zaka: "The AB sixes did the trick. The wrist spinners were neutralised for the first and last time. All the psychological impact is gone. "

Yashas Sridhara: "If I was an administrator wanting South Africa to win a World Cup... I would convert all their knockouts to pink "

25.3YS Chahal to AL Phehlukwayo, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, all that adrenaline is still there, some flight around off, Phehlukwayo stays low and slog-sweeps the ball over midwicket for six. South Africa's incredible run in pink continues. They keep the series alive with a stunning turnaround.
25.3YS Chahal to AL Phehlukwayo, WIDE, 1 run, flat down leg, Phehlukwayo misses a lap sweep, called wide. The scores are level.
25.2YS Chahal to AL Phehlukwayo, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, that is surely it. 71 kph, slowed up from Chahal, much like he has been doing for three ODIs prior to today. But with all the confidence in the world, with the adrenaline, he runs down, meets the ball as it pitches and drills a drive right over the bowler's head. A massive hit.
25.1YS Chahal to H Klaasen, 1 run, short outside off, pushed away to long-on for a single. Very very good game awareness from Klaasen, not to look for a big hit.
End of over 25. 17 runs this over. 193/5 after 150 balls.
AL Phehlukwayo 11 (3b 1x4 1x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 6-0-51-2
H Klaasen 42 (26b 5x4 1x6 ) more

WATCH -Chahal finally gets Miller. (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

WATCH - Kuldeep costs India four runs (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

19 off 20

Chetan Dugar: "Chahal got Miller out thrice in the game?" No, just once.

End of over 24. 9 runs this over. 176/5 after 144 balls.
H Klaasen 35 (22b 4x4 1x6 ) YS Chahal 5-0-54-1
AL Phehlukwayo 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

End of a match-changing stand: 72 they added

End of over 23. 7 runs this over. 167/4 after 138 balls.
H Klaasen 33 (20b 4x4 1x6 ) JJ Bumrah 5-0-21-1
DA Miller 33 (25b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Everything has gone SA's way since that no-ball from Chahal.

The Wanderers is abuzz

End of over 22. 13 runs this over. 158/4 after 130 balls.
H Klaasen 26 (16b 3x4 1x6 ) YS Chahal 3-0-43-0
DA Miller 33 (21b 4x4 1x6 ) more

India under all the pressure here

End of over 21. 16 runs this over. 145/4 after 126 balls.
DA Miller 32 (20b 4x4 1x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 5-0-34-2
H Klaasen 16 (12b 2x4 0x6 ) more

A new ball now, this one's gone, not a bad thing for Kuldeep

So four off the first two, SA'll take that.

Pradeep D: "Chahal's free hit ball was also a no ball which shows he is not learning. I would like our bowlers to take Bhuvi as their mentor in this aspect"

End of over 20. 8 runs this over. 129/4 after 120 balls.
H Klaasen 8 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 3-0-30-0
DA Miller 24 (17b 4x4 0x6 ) more

He'll look to stand and hit, thinks Dhoni.

End of over 19. 13 runs this over. 121/4 after 114 balls.
H Klaasen 3 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 5-0-37-1
DA Miller 21 (13b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Was that no-ball the catalyst for SA and Miller?

End of over 18. 4 runs this over. 107/4 after 107 balls.
DA Miller 7 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 2-0-21-0
H Klaasen 3 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Free hit

Just before the ball that got de Villiers, while the bowler was coming in, Dhoni asked Rohit to move to his left - about 6-8 yards, slightly wider at fine leg

End of over 17. 3 runs this over. 103/4 after 102 balls.
H Klaasen 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 4-0-24-1
DA Miller 6 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 16. 17 runs this over. 100/3 after 96 balls.
AB de Villiers 25 (16b 1x4 2x6 ) YS Chahal 1-0-17-0
DA Miller 5 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) more

South Africa need 102 runs in 12 overs

WATCH -Bhuvneshwar's sensational catch. (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

End of over 15. 2 runs this over. 79/3 after 89 balls.
DA Miller 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-14-2
AB de Villiers 9 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Kapil: "Indian fielders are very careful of returning the ball to Dhoni without a bounce. So much to keep it dry. "

David Miller is the new man in with South Africa needing nine an over and wristspin rearing its ugly head. Funnily enough, Chahal hasn't even bowled!

End of over 14. 7 runs this over. 77/2 after 83 balls.
AB de Villiers 8 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 3-0-21-0
HM Amla 33 (39b 4x4 0x6 ) more

South Africa need 125 in 14 overs

WATCH - Duminy's marginal lbw decision. (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

End of over 13. 5 runs this over. 70/2 after 78 balls.
HM Amla 32 (38b 4x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 3-0-12-1
AB de Villiers 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

South Africa need 132 in 15 overs. Required rate nudging nine.

Out walks AB de Villiers, to a noticeably large roar from the Bull Ring

End of over 12. 8 runs this over. 65/1 after 72 balls.
JP Duminy 8 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 2-0-14-0
HM Amla 32 (37b 4x4 0x6 ) more

South Africa need 137 runs in 16 overs

Pradeep D: "This is SA's chance to conquer rain, DLS and Indian spinners, they have struggled doing that in the past especially the former two."

Anish: "Pandya, doesn't look like a weak link, rather a threat with the bounce he is getting. Big shots are risky against him."

End of over 11. 4 runs this over. 57/1 after 66 balls.
HM Amla 26 (33b 3x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 2-0-7-0
JP Duminy 6 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) more

South Africa need 145 runs in 17 overs

End of over 10. 6 runs this over. 53/1 after 59 balls.
HM Amla 24 (30b 3x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 1-0-6-0
JP Duminy 4 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Ruchit: "This might very well head the way the 1st ODI between India and Australia did in the recent ODI series.. India winning comfortably with Pandya snaring ABD or Amla"

End of over 9. 3 runs this over. 47/1 after 54 balls.
HM Amla 21 (28b 3x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 1-0-3-0
JP Duminy 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 1 runs this over. 44/1 after 48 balls.
HM Amla 19 (24b 3x4 0x6 ) JJ Bumrah 4-0-15-1
JP Duminy 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

8.20pm It's a 28-overs chase, with a restart at 8.30pm, with a target of 202 That means South Africa need another 159 runs off 124 balls to keep them in the series. India can use three bowlers for up to six overs and two for up to five. JP Duminy is the new batsman.

8.15pm The umpires are having a chat. The super-sopper is around, but the umpires seem concerned about the moisture on the ground, and how wet the ball is getting.

7.50pm There has been an inspection. But there will be another inspection, at 8.10pm. The square is dry, but some work is being done on the outfield.

Harpreet chaudh: "As spinners won't be able to grip the wet ball, it is now SA's game to lose!" Have to agree.

Sam: "This is where I think the game should reform. Fair enough, probably the outfield was still a little wet at 7:50, but then the play could have been tentatively set to be resumed at 8:10, instead of another inspection, upon which there will be a further 10 minutes for scheduled play to resume."

Shubham: "@Arun: Their tormenters, but not a wet ground. It will be an extremely different scenario with AB also in the picture. Add the hitters Miller and Morris and you have the situation tilted slightly toward SA I believe."

TK: "I'm at the stadium. It hasn't rained for 45 minutes, it wasn't even that heavy. Play should have resumed at 19:50 local time. Don't understand this delay. Nothing, including myself, is wet enough to warrant this. "

Arun: "The game is very even. If South Africa is able to get to 155 in 20 overs, mind you, their tormentors Chahal and Kuldeep have their full quota, they deserve to win.. will have to believe Kohli had a reason to bat first.."

7.35pm The main pitch cover is now off too. We're not far away from a resumption. Stay tuned.

Tom de Sailor: "If it indeed reduces the game to a 20 over one, isn't it unfair if Bhuvi and Bumrah dont get to ball, because when they staryed bowling, the match was a 50 over one. So when theu reduce overs some allowance shpuld be given to such things. " That's the risk you take by batting first.

Nihaar Thakkar: "155 from 20 overs means 112 runs from 12.4 overs with 4 overs from Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar done, and 4 compulsory overs from Hardik left, with no Kedar today and AB back in the side, it is very much possible!"

Ayush: "Why don't we have covered stadiums in order to counter weather interruptions especially when cricket is competing with other sports worldwide these days?" Fair point, but the cost and time to build the infrastructure is too high. The grand slams in tennis have them, but the cost+time factor is just not feasible.

7.20pm The bigger covers are coming off. The super-sopper is doing its thing.

Sid Monga adds "we should get more than 20 overs in, but if there were to be 20 overs only, the target would be 155"

AJ: "SA has not managed 290 in the three matches yet... And yet all the chatter is about India coming back in to the game "

Jayaprakash: "I agree with Saurabh here. It is easier in retrospect to make a decision, but at the toss I think you should try to get the rain predictions out of your head. It is anyway just a prediction. Also, with the SA batting struggling, it was the right decision that will add the pressure of the asking rate when facing the wristies. Even now, if they manage to keep the ball fairly dry and pick AB early, India will be in."

7.15pm It may have stopped raining, says Sid Monga. The groundstaff is standing by the covers.

Cric Fanatic: "It's not "it may have", it has stopped raining for at least 7 min now."

Saurabh: "Its trivial rationalize a decision after the fact, but nobody can really predict the future, especially when it comes to weather. Its no mystery that Kohli prefers chasing. So he chooses to bat first, it won't be a stretch to say its a well thought out decision. Lets not forget that uncertain weather and unscheduled breaks don't help you chase - just a thought!"

7.00pm "There is heavy rain now, and this one has come from the side that usually brings rain: south-west," says Sid Monga from the Wanderers.

We're not entirely sure, but we think we have started losing overs, with a cut-off of close to 9pm. These are just approximations, of course. We'll get more accurate information for you as soon as we can.

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Santhosh: "@Amit. It was a bad decision to bat first exactly for the same reason you stated : DL. More often than not it is the team bowling 2nd that suffers due to DL. Bowlers overs get curtailed without informing before hand but batsmen get to keep all 10 wickets."

6.56pm While we wait for the weather to get better, here's a story on a couple of former India U-19 players now playing for USA.

ARINDAM SAHA: "@Rohan- More often than not, teams tend to outbat the opposition here. Chasing big scores isn't that easy, especially in D/Ners."

6.47pm And with that, the players are coming off too. Some lightning and rain, and the covers are coming on. The DLS par is 45, but that doesn't matter because we still need at least 12.4 more overs.

But we should start losing overs very soon, considering 52 minutes were lost previously already. One over for every four minutes, so test your math. Imminent rain is what I hear.

WATCH - Markram misreads Bumrah (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

AmitK: "Its a good decision to bat first. SA was already under great pressure to win this one, chase puts more pressure on them and they also need to factor in the DL situation, not just India."

Mohammed Lokhan: "India wouldn't mind this break, as it stands, they would win the series."

Rohan: "Can SOMEONE explain why Kohli chose to bat first on this pitch? Absolutely terrible decision given the history of the ground and the weather situation. Not only will the spinners overs get reduced, the ball is also likely to be wet. Another shocker from this team management." You feel SA are ahead if it gets reduced. If it's a 20 over match, Bhuvneshwar is done for the day, and Bumrah has four balls left.

End of over 7. 6 runs this over. 43/0 after 42 balls.
HM Amla 19 (21b 3x4 0x6 ) B Kumar 4-0-27-0
AK Markram 22 (21b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 6 runs this over. 37/0 after 36 balls.
HM Amla 15 (17b 2x4 0x6 ) JJ Bumrah 3-0-14-0
AK Markram 21 (19b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 9 runs this over. 31/0 after 30 balls.
AK Markram 20 (18b 3x4 0x6 ) B Kumar 3-0-22-0
HM Amla 10 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 3 runs this over. 22/0 after 24 balls.
HM Amla 8 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) JJ Bumrah 2-0-8-0
AK Markram 13 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Vignesh R: "Hardik will be the key today. With extra bounce in the pitch, he can pick key wickets if he gets his line right" Uses the hard length effectively. Will help him here

End of over 3. 7 runs this over. 19/0 after 18 balls.
HM Amla 8 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) B Kumar 2-0-13-0
AK Markram 10 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) more

WATCH - Dhawan, Kohli haul India to 289 (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

End of over 2. 6 runs this over. 12/0 after 12 balls.
AK Markram 9 (9b 2x4 0x6 ) JJ Bumrah 1-0-5-0
HM Amla 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Aashish Calla: "A smart and Out of the box move by SA could have been to open with Miller and keep Amla for the middle order. They'd have needed JP/Amla/AB in the middle order in my view." Has been tried before.

End of over 1. 6 runs this over. 6/0 after 6 balls.
AK Markram 5 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) B Kumar 1-0-6-0
HM Amla 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Drizzling now

BattingRMB4S6SSR
AK MarkramLBW JJ Bumrah2230233095.65
HM AmlaC B Kumar B Kuldeep Yadav3359404082.5
JP DuminyLBW Kuldeep Yadav1025140071.43
AB de VilliersC RG Sharma B HH Pandya26191812144.44
DA MillerLBW YS Chahal39512842139.29
H Klaasennot out 43492751159.26
AL Phehlukwayonot out 2311513460
CH Morris -
K Rabada -
L Ngidi -
M Morkel -
Total 207/5
BowlingOMRWECON
B Kumar4.002706.75
JJ Bumrah5.002114.2
Kuldeep Yadav6.005128.5
HH Pandya5.003717.4
YS Chahal5.3068112.36