Rain breaks cost us the game, says Shikhar Dhawan

India eye 1st series triumph in South Africa

India eye 1st series triumph in South Africa

However, the Indian cricket team skipper sailed past yet another landmark as he went past Mohammad Azharuddin (9378 runs) to join the top five list of Indian run-getters in ODIs. AB de Villiers returned for South Africa in the place of Kaya Zondo and Morne Morkel got the nod ahead of spinner Imran Tahir.

Intensity is the hallmark of his batting and India captain Virat Kohli says he has no idea what he would do if that was gone, the primary reason behind his obsessive focus of physical fitness. When Shikhar Dhawan was batting, my job was to take singles.And keep rotating the strike, to be able to get the partnership going. Morris was playing only his second ODI at home when he first experienced the atmosphere, and he smacked 62 off 38 to win South Africa a chase of 263 from 210 for 8; Kyle Abbott scored just three runs in a 52-run stand. Morris spoke of how Dwaine Pretorius became a hero in his first Pink-Day experience a year ago.

In addition to keeping the series alive, South Africa also extended their unbeaten streak in pink ODIs, which are used to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Back in 2015-16, as India failed to defend multiple small 300s, Glenn Maxwell famously said batsmen slowing down near their centuries was costing India those extra 20-30 runs.

Dhawan made 109, celebrating his 100th ODI with a 13th career century. India used their spinners early while the ball was dry and the run rate climbed as Hashim Amla (33) and JP Duminy pushed the ball around.

Morris broke the stand when he dismissed Kohli in the 32nd over to give South Africa a chance to claw back in the game.

The Virat Kohli-led side is leading the series 3-0 and will aim to write a history here by winning the game and eventually the six-match series, as India have never won a series in South Africa. Chahal did pick one wicket but it was too late by then. It was a attractive piece of leg-spin bowling and could have been the series-clinching delivery, only if Yuzvendra Chahal had managed to keep his foot behind the front line.

It is a comment on SA's uncertainties in their one-day series against India that the return of AB de Villiers to the fold is not unqualified good news.

However it wouldn't be easy at all this time for South Africa to beat India, and they would require to apply some competitive approach especially against Indian wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal who have so far picked up 21 out of 28 South African wickets. Sometimes luck favours the opposition too and not just our side.

Deepti, on the other hand, grabbed the opportunity with both hands and was unfortunate to miss out on a hundred.

It's always wonderful to see a cause get support in sport.

As soon as Markram was removed, the players came off the field due to lightning and rain.

Between them they managed to take just 3 wickets. Heinrich Klaasen, the unassuming, tall wicketkeeper, who under the helmet looks and walks like Martin Guptill, had no inkling he would be playing for South Africa this month. They have been doing very well, more than well for us.

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