Heinrich Klaasen’s match-winning knock of 43 not out at the Wanderers is our Play of the Day.
Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan both scored more runs than Klaasen at the Wanderers on Saturday. Kohli smashed 75 while Dhawan went on to record his 13th ODI century. Together, they put on 158 runs for the second wicket.
In the end, however, it was Klaasen’s innings of 43 off 27 balls that was more influential. Unsurprisingly, the Titans wicketkeeper-batsman, playing in only his second ODI, was named the official Man of the Match.
The target was revised after a significant rain delay at the Wanderers. The odds were certainly against South Africa, chasing down 202 in 28 overs, especially with India’s wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal operating in tandem.
AB de Villiers was the first to take on Chahal. David Miller was put down in the deep and then bowled off a no-ball. He and Klaasen then proceeded to put on a game-changing partnership of 72 runs.
De Villiers and Miller deserve some credit for the turnaround. It was Klaasen, however, who maintained the momentum after the two more experienced men departed. It was the rookie – together with Andile Phehlukwayo – who ensured that South Africa got over the line and remained in the series.
Klaasen, and indeed the entire Proteas side, will take heart from this performance. The Proteas will surely look to attack Chahal and Kuldeep in a similar manner when the series moves to Port Elizabeth and then Centurion next week.
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