Fourth ODI: Lightning disrupts match after Dhawan, Kohli put India in charge

It worked out well, happy to restrict them to 290.

And there would be more.

With rain having reduced the home side's innings to just 28 overs and a revised target of 202, Klaasen walked in to bat in the 17th over at the fall of the big wicket of AB de Villiers, with the score on 102/4.

Earlier in the Pink ODI, India had won the toss and made a decision to have a bat. At the centre of it all was a newbie. A great partnership between Miller and Klaasen. Then the runs didn't come at the same pace. Klaasen who hammered unbeaten 43 off 27 in pressure cooker situation was adjudged man of the match. "Best feeling in my career", the 26-year old gushed at the presentation.

Chahal did manage to dismiss Miller eventually, trapping him leg before.

India's success in the series is largely down to 3-4 players. Not only did he bring out the reverse sweep, he played an audacious shot off Chahal in the following over by pulling one after realising there was no one behind square leg.

De Villiers had a look at the bowling while the rate required climbed but two consecutive sixes off Yuzvendra Chahal put the chase back on check. Kohli has hit two centuries and 46 not out to go with his 75 in Johannesburg.

By the time he handed over finishing duties to Andile Phehlukwayo, Klaasen had sealed his Man of the Match award with a knock reminiscent of MS Dhoni in his prime.

"He hits the ball quite far", Klaasen said of Phehlukwayo. Bowlers cramping Dhawan for room is normal in any form of cricket.

As India piled up runs at the scoreboard, Dhawan hit his 13th hundred in his 100th ODI appearance to become the first Indian to do so. This record shows the inconsistency of Rohit Sharma against South Africa.

The pitch at St George's Park generally assists the fast bowlers, but it's a sporting surface and there is no reason why a batsman applies himself, can't score runs there. It was the first victory for Aiden Markram as a captain and a sweet one. There was also a delay in India's innings for weather. With Iyer and Hardik failing to provide the finishing touch, the onus was on Dhoni to guide India to a decent total.

However, dropping Iyer after just one game will be unfair on the youngster and Virat Kohli won't do it. He could step so far across as to smash a ball that nearly didn't land on the pitch and was spinning further away, into the midwicket fence. And he turned so very hostile. His final five overs - bowled from the 33rd to the 49th - cost only 28 runs and yielded only one boundary.

India kept losing wickets at regular intervals and struggled for momentum at the death. South Africa's stand-in captain was at cover when a full-blooded slash came his way. "Especially Miller and their wicket keeper batted very well, when we got AB I thought we were in the game, but those two guys took the game away from us".

"AB can't make a difference on his own", he said.

The occasion is not only named for the almost-completely pink kit that the Proteas' don, but is also Cricket South Africa and its players' way of raising awareness for breast cancer and showing support to survivors and patients, with even fans encouraged to wear pink to the ground.

  • Julie Sanders