Virat Kohli and boys look to rewrite history in Port Elizabeth


"Even if they get hit, they will learn a lot of things", he added.

That India were able to reach 289/7 was exclusively down to MS Dhoni's effort of 42* off 43 balls. It's nice to have AB back again; the environment changed when he is back.

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram (captain), Jean-Paul Duminy, AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen (w), David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Morne Morkel. It forced Chahal onto the defensive for probably the first time in the series and showed the South Africans that there was a way out of this quagmire. He let off Miller by bowling him out on a no ball.

Klaasen also says sweep-shot is something that comes to him naturally but he practiced to make it flawless. "It doesn't affect him in India and even in Australia, because the ball doesn't seam there, it just bounces, but when you have seam and bounce, with that technique, he's got a problem". In the 18th over of the chase, Miller went down on one of his premeditated sweeps against Yuzvendra Chahal and ended up top-edging it.

Shikhar Dhawan became a prolific run scorer for his stateside for nearly five years and fine-tuned his skills with the willow in the domestic grind. AB's innings (26 off 18 balls) may not have lasted long but he showed his team-mates that once you start going after the spinners, the mind can do unusual things.

Dhawan said the decision to bat first was made based on the conditions in the evening in Johannesburg. Klassen said after winning the fourth One-Day, "This is a massive victory, and we are feeling it like a confidence booster for us, India is a great team and playing against them is always not easy". Of course the South African guys played very well too. The loss, however, hardly made any difference as the Indians had pocketed the three-ODI series by then. Like our spinners don't often bowl no-balls. On the bowling front, veteran Jhulan Goswami is expected to return to the playing eleven after being rested for the third ODI. The rain also bucketed down meaning the outfield became wet, a serious hindrance to India's prime bowling weapons all series long: the wrist-spin of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. They went for 119 runs in less than 12 overs.

Dhawan, however, had praise for Miller too. Both of them picked two wickets each. So the captain thought the spinners could take the wickets.

But the batsman it was a calculated risk which he took against the spinners.

Dhawan spoke in support of the young spinners.

"We were very calculated in our approach, maybe it didn't look like it, but it was all calculated and planned out". "Anyone can have a s**t day, you know?"

While about Shikhar Dhawan, Wessels said, "He looks very impressive in one-day cricket". It's not something that happens every time. Like our spinners don't often bowl no-balls. "The game getting shorter probably worked in their favour, they had to hit regardless of what the situation was". This time he had just one fielder on the leg side, at deep mid-wicket. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had three overs more to bowl between them and that remained not properly explained.

Overall, on a tough night for the spinners, when no attempt was made to protect them, they stuck to their guns against some, and made some errors against others. Especially against good spinners, it's hard to hit them down the ground if you don't use your feet well.