South Africa vs India, 4th ODI – South Africa Player Ratings
The series now stands 3-1 in the favor of the Indian team.
Published - Feb 11, 2018 1:51 am | Updated - Feb 11, 2018 8:16 pm
Team South Africa were under some serious pressure when they had arrived in Johannesburg for the fourth ODI of the six-match series against team India. Trailing 0-3 in the series, they had to win the Pink ODI to stay afloat in the competition. And as the things turned out on the day, the Proteas managed to do so and have now, kept the series alive.
It was a rain curtailed affair at the Wanderers. Having won the toss, the Indian captain Virat Kohli had no hesitation in batting first. India lost Rohit Sharma cheaply but Shikhar Dhawan added valuable runs with Virat Kohli. While Kohli perished on 75, Dhawan went on to score his first ton of the series. Later, it was a cameo of 42 runs from MS Dhoni that helped India post 289/7 in their 50 overs.
In the run chase, South Africa got off to a flying start. Soon after their skipper Aiden Markram was dismissed, a brief intervention took place. The match was reduced to 28 overs with South Africa chasing 202. India seemed to crawl back in to the game. But some mighty hitting from the hosts saw them eke out a 5 wicket win in the match.
Here are the South Africa Player Ratings for the match:
Aiden Markram – 5/10
South African skipper Aiden Markram opened the innings along with Hashim Amla. Unlike the previous games, the hosts managed to cross the 40-run mark in their opening stand. Markram hit 22 off 23 deliveries before getting dismissed. He took the attack against the new ball and looked positive from the onset. Also, he was spot on with his bowling changes earlier in the game.
Hashim Amla – 5/10
Hashim Amla has really been struggling in the series. For a player of his calibre, one would expect him to dictate terms in crucial games such as these. Amla did get off to a decent start in the game. His 33 runs came off 40 deliveries with four boundaries. However, he could not convert it to a big score.
JP Duminy – 4/10
JP Duminy was promoted ahead of AB de Villiers in the match. The southpaw, however, did not trouble the Indian bowlers too much. Duminy could only score 10 in the match and his poor run with the bat continued. Earlier in the game, he had bowled four overs and given away 20 runs with no wickets to his name.
AB de Villiers – 6/10
AB de Villiers was the comeback man for South Africa in the match. And perhaps, he was the lucky charm too. The veteran was a live wire in the field. With the bat, he looked threatening as he mustered 26 off just 18 deliveries. This included two mammoth sixes off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal.
David Miller – 8/10
If there is a way one could take the full monty on a no ball, then David Miller certainly knows it. He was cleaned up on a no ball bowled by Chahal in the game. He made full use of the let of that he got and then ended up striking towering maximums. Miller scored a brutal 39 off 28 deliveries with four boundaries and a couple of sixes.
Heinrich Klaasen – 9/10
Heinrich Klaasen, playing only in his second game, showed what he is capable of doing with the bat. Klaasen emerged as the dark horse in the game and hit an unbeaten 43 off just 27 deliveries with five fours and a six. His onslaught brushed the Indian side away from the game.
Andile Phehlukwayo – 7/10
It was indeed surprising to see Andile Phehlukwayo being promoted ahead of Chris Morris in the batting lineup. The southpaw did not disappoint with the bat though. He hit 23 off just 5 deliveries to seal the game for South Africa. Phehlukwayo hit 3 maximums during his stay at the crease. Earlier in the game, he was taken away for 38 runs in his spell of 6 overs.
Chris Morris – 6/10
Chris Morris did not get his chance to bat as Andile Phehlukwayo was promoted ahead of him on the day. Morris, however, had a big role to play in the game. He had dismissed Virat Kohli in the Indian innings at a time when Kohli looked like breaking the shackles. Morris returned with figures of 1/60 in his 10 overs.
Morne Morkel – 6/10
Morne Morkel had a decent outing in the match. The lanky pacer could not penetrate through the Indian batting lineup with the new ball. But he was very handy with the older ball after the game resumed post the rain intervention. He dismissed the centurion Shikhar Dhawan. He finished with 1/55 in his quota of 10 overs.
Kagiso Rabada – 6.5/10
Kagiso Rabada has made Rohit Sharma his bunny on the tour. He accounted for Rohit’s dismissal yet again. He managed to send him packing cheaply with a brilliant return catch off his own bowling. Later in the game, he also dismissed the dangerman Hardik Pandya. Rabada finished with 2/58 in the 10 overs that he bowled.
Lungi Ngidi – 7/10
Young Lungi Ngidi looked very impressive with his lines on the day. He was the most economical South African pacer in the game. He gave away 52 runs in his 10 overs and returned with a couple of wickets to his name. Ngidi accounted for the dismissals of Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer.