India vs South Africa: Rains, second chance to David Miller cost India 4th ODI, says Shikhar Dhawan
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan stated that rains and giving David Miller the second life cost India the match in Johannesburg. India misplaced the fourth ODI to South Africa by 5 wickets. “The main reason was, of course, the dropped catch and then a wicket off no-ball. From there the momentum changed. Otherwise we were in very good position,” stated Dhawan within the post-match press convention.
David Miller was dropped within the deep earlier than being bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal when he was nonetheless in single digit rating. The explosive South African batsman then hit consecutive fours off the primary three balls of the very subsequent over and his innings was essential in South Africa reaching the revised goal of 202. It was the primary victory of the collection for South Africa and the collection stands 3-1 in India’s favour with two matches to go. South Africa additionally maintained their unbeaten file whereas carrying pink on the Wanderers. India nonetheless want only one extra win for a maiden ODI collection victory in South Africa. “We’ve already won three games, so one more game and we’re through,” he stated.
“Miller also played very well. Luck was on his side. First he was dropped and then got bowled off a no ball. Usually our spinners don’t bowl no balls. He took that chance with both hands and went on to change the momentum of the game,” he stated. Dhawan additionally highlighted the affect of rain on the Indian innings. India have been cruising alongside comfortably with Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane within the center when the players have been rushed off the sector. India got here again and misplaced a collection of wickets and their run-rate took a blow. Dhawan was dismissed on 105 and it was MS Dhoni’s 42 that bought India the runs as wickets fell on the opposite finish. Another rain-break got here later and this induced South Africa’s goal to be decreased to 202 to be taken off 28 overs.
“Of course rain had an impact too. Our spinners couldn’t turn the ball or grip the ball the way they did in the last three matches. It makes a difference when the ball gets wet. That’s the reason,” stated the left-hander.
Dhawan backed Kohli’s choice to bat first after profitable the toss. “We took the decision to bat first because in the evening the ball moves here. There’s also the effect of the breeze and it can have an impact. Of course, we were batting in a flow when the rain came and our flow was broken. After that I got out. Then the runs didn’t come at the same pace. But that doesn’t mean the total was bad. But once it rained again, the outfield became wet.”
Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been the architects of India’s wins within the first three ODIs, taking 21 of 28 South African wickets that had fallen in that interval. But on Saturday, each of them have been hit everywhere in the park by Miller and Heinrich Klaasen. Andile Phehlukwayo, who completed issues off for South Africa additionally milked Chahal (1-68) and Yadav (2-51) for runs. “See they are young guys. They have been doing very well, more than well for us. These two spinners have won three games for us. My support is always with them. Anyone can have a bad day. It’s not something that happens every time. Like our spinners don’t often bowl no balls. Even if they get hit, they will learn a lot of things,” he added.
Kohli tossed the ball to the 2 of them regardless of the runs they have been leaking. “At that time, the captain probably thought that they were taking chances against the spinners and we needed wickets. Because the wicket was such (good for batting) and the ground was wet so by stopping runs we couldn’t have won. Wickets were very important,” he stated.
“So the captain thought the spinners could take wickets. Sometimes you take a risk and it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t pay off. It’s normal,” stated Dhawan, concerning the choice not to bowl Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah any additional.
Earlier within the day, Dhawan had celebrated his 100th ODI with a 13th century. He scored 109 runs and placed on 158 runs with skipper Kohli, who scored 75. The duo additionally placed on an eighth century stand for the second wicket in ODI cricket.
“It was a picture perfect innings. I enjoyed it. It cannot get any better. In my 100th match, I scored a century. I’m very happy about that. Obviously they had their plans, but I adjusted to those things and started off well,” he stated.
“From the other end, Virat was also going well and so I supported him. I am happy that I scored a century today. I just want to continue and improve the quality of my game.”
With PTI inputs