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South African skipper Aiden Markram takes stunning catch during fourth ODI

15 February 2018, 11:34 | Randolph Howard

South Africa stays alive in ODI series vs India

India eye 1st series triumph in South Africa

"And I am happy that I helped my country to win an important game of cricket". They lead 3-1 after winning the first in Durban by six wickets, the second in Centurion by nine wickets and the third in Cape Town by 124 runs. "(It's a) massive, massive confidence- booster for us. More importantly, it reduced the target sufficiently that, despite AB de Villiers' relatively early dismissal, the home batsmen didn't have much trouble getting past. We have good momentum now from this last game. It didn't just keep South Africa alive in the six-match series, it also injected much-needed life into the series as a contest. Silly mistakes But India could run out of the count of their tactical errors. When Poonam came back in the 44th to bowl her ninth over, she dropped a return catch off van Niekerk, who subsequently unleashed a flurry of drives and sweeps - some while falling on her knee - and peppered the square-leg boundary for quick runs. Rain was forecast for the evening and Kohli still chose to bat first. Our spinners couldn't turn the ball or grip the ball the way they did in the last three matches.

Virat Kohli will want the likes of MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya to step up to the plate when it comes to acceleration in the death overs. From there the momentum changed. "See I'm not even the captain". The visitors had won the toss at Bullring, made a decision to bat first and managed to add 289 runs courtesy a Shikhar Dhawan century.

"In Johannesburg, the ball snakes a lot and that's what happened to Kuldeep". If it was a full game you never know. "Sometimes luck favours the opposition too and not just our side". It's not a thing that happens every time. Sometimes you go through failures so that you can learn. It's just one loss man.

Kohli said, "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".

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Kohli stamped his authority as he continued to punish the South African bowlers. South Africa won by 80 runs. In the two games played in the domestic ODI cup this season, Imran Tahir has grabbed a fifer and left-arm orthodox spinner JJ Smuts was among the wickets. Some times you take risk, it pays off, some times it doesn't pay off.

In the bowling, all eyes will be on pacers Kagiso Rabada and Lungisani Ngidi to provide their side with a flurry of wickets at the St George's Park. However, Rohit Sharma, the other member of the batting triumvirate, is in the middle of another horror tour to South Africa.

Port Elizabeth was under a heavy cloud cover through large parts of Monday, and there is rain forecast in the morning at least on Tuesday, which will have to be factored into both teams' plans. As a result, the rest of the squad were docked 10 percent of their match fees.

Since Markram accepted the sanction, there will be no need for a formal hearing.



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