Here are the talking points from Johannesburg 'Pink ODI'

Doug Mendoza
February 15, 2018

Eventually it struck, in the night, long after the weather had become clement.

De Villiers sustained a figure injury while taking a catch of Indian captain Virat Kohli in the first innings of the Johannesburg Test and subsequently ruled out of the first three ODIs.

"This is a massive confidence-booster for us".

"It's also given me a world of confidence just to get that first good knock out of the way, to settle my nerves". With his experience and expertise, de Villiers can turn out to be the savior for his team. The fifth ODI will get underway very soon. "I think they were looking at 340 at some stage, so yeah, all credit needs to go to the bowlers to restrict them and to get us back into the series". Silly mistakes But India could run out of the count of their tactical errors.

"We took the decision to bat first because in the evening the ball moves here". Now his is a side that is known to chase any target, but he still preferred to set a target.

India managed only 83 runs in their last 87 balls as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They then lost quick wickets of Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya. He went on to change the momentum of the game, which had looked in India's bag. I didn't see the forecast.

Team Indian played their first ODI at this venue in 1992 under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin. He, however, conceded that the inexperienced Kuldeep and Chahal struggled with the wet ball. Otherwise we were in very good position. "If it was a full game, you never know". My support is always with them.

Klaasen said he was happy with his contribution.

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He added: "Usually, our spinners don't bowl no balls". The last two ODIs are a flawless platform to showcase his vast talent and prove that he's just isn't a one-match wonder! "I was told to look to be positive‚ watch the ball and execute my game plans that I have".

The 2nd ODI between South Africa and India was taken place in 4th February, 2018 which was hosted at SuperSport Park, Centurion.

The stand was broken when Kohli hit pacer Chris Morris straight into the hands of David Miller at short cover, with India at 178/2 in 31.1 overs. And later while chasing a truncated total, South Africa did fall to 102/4 before Miller and Klaasen ground things out. It raises an interesting question about India's balance on wickets which are cruel to spinners.

However, cut down the numbers to post the Champions Trophy final loss to Pakistan previous year and you witness that the numbers take a slight, yet important turn. "It's normal", Dhawan said in defence of Kohli.

India will still be favoured to win the series, but South Africa's cause suddenly doesn't look as hopeless as it did a couple of days ago. Also, there was a touch of desperation in the South Africa camp, which translated into all-out aggression. "We will get our basics right and continue our good run, he said".

The South African Cricket team attended a practice session on Monday in Port Elizabeth ahead of the fifth ODI against India. The 23-year old Aiden Markram, who himself has only played a handful of limited-overs matches, is now leading the side in du Plessis' absence. And it might well spur South Africa on to bigger and better.

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

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