Cape Town - Heinrich Klaasen says the way he was dismissed on his worldwide debut spurred him on to play the innings required as he helped the Proteas beat India by five wickets in the Pink ODI at the Wanderers on Saturday to stay alive in the series.
India frittered away a great platform provided by Shikhar Dhawan (109) and Virat Kohli (75) to finish on 289 for seven thanks to a superb last 15 overs in the field by the Proteas after a delay for lightning.More news: Mirai Nagasu was so pumped after nailing triple axel
Then, AB de Villiers' quickfire cameo of 26 off 18 balls came to an end when he was caught by Rohit Sharma at fine leg from Hardik Pandya and he was followed by Miller who was trapped in front by Yuzvendra Chahal. From there the momentum changed.
There was a very crucial partnership of 158 between Kohli and Dhawan which ensured India stayed in a good position. Of course it had extra bounce too. But, for the spinners, what happened should matter much less than how they come back from this.
The left-hander punished the tourists for those failures and by the time he got out for a 28-ball 39, he had done his job. Team India once again faced batting disaster in the game and lost all wickets in 135 runs.More news: Brazil legend Ronaldo wants Neymar in Madrid
After winning the toss, Kohli said, "We are gonna bat first". We reckon the ball will come onto the bat nicely. "I can't describe it but for me, that was my only boundary option, he bowled quite wide and got a lot of turn and bounce, that was my gutsy shot at that moment and I pulled it off", Klaasen spoke about the shot. But that doesn't mean the total was bad.
On the night, hampered as they were by having bowled four overs each of Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah when rain arrived, it must have started with Kohli wanting to get rid of others' overs before making it Bumrah v the batsmen, but as the asking rate became easier, Bumrah had to be brought back to bowl one of his two remaining overs.
Dhawan said Miller grabbed the lives with both hands and changed the complexion of the game.More news: Oregon State hits 18 three-pointers to beat Washington women 95-57
In the 3rd day of the match, rain affected the ground and so, no play was possible in that very day. Luck was on his side. Against another batsman, David Miller, Chahal was back to bowling slow and looking for the wicket. It is a worry mainly because the 2019 World Cup will be played in England and conditions usually aid swing bowlers. "It was more like a T20 game where you have to go after the bowlers and it can get hard when people get into a groove and when a side has momentum it can be very hard to stop them". The fact that Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have now accounted for 21 out of 30 available wickets is also a driving force behind this confidence. "They are a quality side, we expected them to play quality cricket and they played well tonight", Kohli said in a post match ceremony.
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