We have now got the measure of Indian spinners: Andile Phehlukwayo


The positives from the loss were that India looked to be in control for 90 per cent of the game and would think that they lost because of the inexperience of youngsters - Chahal, Kuldeep and Iyer.

Crucially, South Africa have demystified to some extent the hold that Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav had over their batsmen. The Men in Blue now lead the series 3-1 but South Africa have the chance to finish it oan a even note by clinching all three games in a row.

South Africa seemed down and out before Miller was given two reprieves in one over.

"It's a massive, massive confidence-booster for us", Klaasen said after guiding South Africa to a rain-affected five-wicket win. Deepti Sharma and Veda Krishnamurthy, who made 79 and 56 respectively in a losing cause in the last match, would be hoping to carry on their good form in the shortest format.

"Talking to our spinning coach (Claude Henderson), I just said that I wanted to get the first knock out of the way, get settled with the nerves and all those things", he said.

This fact will not go overlooked and South Africa will be keen to exploit the Indian line-up's frailty and dismiss Kohli and Dhawan cheaply to gain an early advantage. Aiden Markram celebrates with teammates after a catch during Kagiso Rabada's over during the 4th Momentum ODI match between South Africa and India at Bidvest Wanderers in Johannesburg.

Plenty of rain is forecast in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, and it is likely to affect the match at some stage.

The wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen, who remained unbeaten on 43 off 27 balls, was handed the player of the match award.

POTCHEFSTROOM The ODI series triumph was offset slightly by a loss in the closing match but that would hardly dent the Indian women's confidence as they head into a five-game Twenty20 global rubber against the South Africans starting here today.

The whole of Saturday, it was feared that lightning would strike the Wanderers, resulting in constant interruption of the fourth ODI between South Africa and India. So, they too lead of the series. His return has infused some competitiveness into the series. "He's one of the world's best players in one-day cricket". The batting has been far too reliant on Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, and the middle order too needs to get going. So, ca, e to bat South Africa faced a batting collapsed in the game and in 118 runs all wickets of them were gone.

Sridhar said that defeat in the last ODI was as much down to the exceptional circumstances created by the rain and the shortening of the game as anything else.

Two weeks ago, Heinrich Klaasen couldn't even get a ticket for the "Pink ODI". We really are encouraging around the change room. Like they say, one swallow doesn't make a summer. "We know we'll have to be at the top of our game to get another win under our belt and we'll work extremely hard for that", he added. And given how the series has gone overall so far, they will still back themselves to pull it off.