New Delhi: South Africa defeated India by five wickets in the rain-curtailed fourth one-day international at the Wanderers in Johannesburg to remain alive in the six-match series. Chasing a revised target of 202 in 28 over after a second rain interruption, South Africa completed the job in 25.3 overs. It was Heinrich Klaasen’s 27-ball unbeaten 43 and Andile Phehlukwayo’s 23 off five balls that helped South Africa register their first win in the series. The defeat for India means they will have to wait to seal their historic series win in South Africa for now.
After the rain, the match resumed with South Africa chasing a revised target. Earlier, India had set a 290-run target for South Africa with the help of Shikhar Dhawan’s 13th hundred.
Opting to bat first, India lost opener Rohit Sharma on just 5, once again becoming the victim of Kagiso Rabada.
Skipper Virat Kohli, who has scored two hundreds and one fifty in the series, then added valuable 158 runs along with Dhawan. He smashed a six and seven fours in his 75-run score from 83 balls.
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. Dhawan struck the ton off 99 balls, which included two sixes and ten fours.Dhoni remained unbeaten on 42 to take India to 289 in 50 overs.
For South Africa, Rabada and Lungi Ngidi claimed two wickets each while Morkel and Chris Morris shared one wicket each.
(With agencies inputs)