Shikhar Dhawan’s century in 100th ODI went in vain as South Africa defeated India in the rain curtailed match by five wickets at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday
Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat. India got of to a decent start but lost Rohit Sharma who mistimed a straight delivery from Rabada in the fourth over to gave the Proteas an early breakthrough.
Dhawan and Kohli stabilised the innings and put their team in command.
Kohli brought up his 46th ODI fifty off 56 balls, which included a six and five fours. Morris gave South Africa a crucial breakthrough when he got rid of Kohli in the 32nd over to give South Africa hope.. Kohli smashed a six and seven fours in his 83-ball knock.
Dhawan created history in his 100th ODI when he brought up his century in 99 balls which included ten fours and 2 sixes.
India were 200/2 in 34.2 overs, when the match was halted for 50 minutes due to lightning and thunderstorm. After the resumption India suffered a mini collapse as they lost three wickets in 5.3 overs, and it was the crucial 37-run partnership between MS Dhoni, who remained unbeaten on 42, and Shreyas Iyer (18) that revived the innings. Dhoni hit a six and three fours in his 43-balls innings, and later stitched another valuable 20 runs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5) for the 7th wicket.
Proteas started the chase in a positive manner as the openers put up 43 runs in the first seven overs, before Jasprit Bumrah got the much needed breakthrough by getting rid of Aiden Markram.
Markram’s wicket, also brought in the second stoppage of the match due to lightning and heavy rain, which lasted one hour and 40 minutes.
After the rain delay,South Africa were given a revised target of 202 in 28 overs which they chased down with 15 balls to spare and kept their Pink ODI record intact.
After initial hiccup, as they lost three wickets for 35 runs, Heinrich Klaasen (43 not out) and Andile Phehlukwayo (23 not out) took South Africa home in 25.3 overs.