Rain and chances to Miller cost us the game: Dhawan

JOHANNESBURG: Opener Shikhar Dhawan said twin rain breaks coupled with reprieves to David Miller cost India dearly as South Africa brought a halt to the customer's rampaging ODI run with a five-wicket win in the fourth ODI on Saturday.

The shocking turnaround because the rain and lightning-struck ODI right here, meant South Africa maintained their unbeaten document in purple and stay alive the six-match sequence through reducing the margin to 3-1.

Miller used to be given two lives -- a dropped catch in the deep after which used to be bowled off a no ball off Yuzvendra Chahal. He used to be on 6 and 7 no longer out respectively, after which went directly to make 39 off 28 balls.

"The main reason was, of course, the dropped catch and then a wicket off no-ball. From there the momentum changed. Otherwise we were in very good position," Dhawan said at the put up event press convention.

"Of course rain had an impact too. Our spinners couldn't turn the ball or grip the ball the way they did in the last three matches. It makes a difference when the ball gets wet. That's the reason," added the left-hander.

Considerable amount of time, to be precise 53 mins, have been misplaced all the way through India's innings as rain first stopped play when the visitors have been positioned at 200 for two.

Although no overs have been minimize, India misplaced the momentum and best completed at 289 for 7.

Later some other rain spoil meant 113 mins have been misplaced all the way through South Africa's innings and the event used to be reduced to 28 overs with 202 being set because the revised goal.

"We took the decision to bat first because in the evening the ball moves here. There's also the effect of the breeze and it can have an impact," said Dhawan, who scored a century in his 100th ODI on Saturday.

"Of course, we were batting in a flow when the rain came and our flow was broken. After that I got out. Then the runs didn't come at the same pace. But that doesn't mean the total was bad. But once it rained again, the outfield became wet."

Dhawan said Miller grabbed the lives with both fingers and altered the complexion of the game. "Miller also played very well. Luck was on his side. First he was dropped and then got bowled off a no ball. Usually our spinners don't bowl no balls. He took that chance with both hands and went on to change the momentum of the game," he said.

But the principle speaking point of the day used to be wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal's below-par performances because the duo endured their first unhealthy day out in this tour.

Chahal (1/68) and Yadav (2/51) did add to their tally of wickets, however went for a large number of runs as well. They didn't comprise the Proteas for once, going for 119 runs in 11.3 overs.

But Dhawan came in support of the young spinners, pronouncing it used to be a unprecedented off-day for them in workplace. "See they are young guys. They have been doing very well, more than well for us. These two spinners have won three games for us. My support is always with them. Any one can have a bad day," he said.

"It's not something that happens every time. Like our spinners don't often bowl no balls. Even if they get hit, they will learn a lot of things," he added.

Dhawan said it is very important go through failures in lifestyles to be told lessons and Chahal and Yadav will have to take it in their stride and look ahead. "We've already won three games, so one more game and we're through," he said.

Dhawan also backed skipper Kohli's resolution at hand the ball to the wrist-spin duo as a substitute of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah after the event used to be curtailed. "At that time, the captain probably thought that they were taking chances against the spinners and we needed wickets. Because the wicket was such (good for batting) and the ground was wet so by stopping runs we couldn't have won. Wickets were very important," he said.

"So the captain thought the spinners could take wickets. Sometimes you take a risk and it pays off, sometimes it doesn't pay off. It's normal," said Dhawan, about the resolution to not bowl Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah any further.


Earlier in the day, Dhawan had celebrated his 100th ODI with a 13th century. He scored 109 runs and put on 158 runs with skipper Kohli, who scored 75. The duo also put on an 8th century stand for the second wicket in ODI cricket.


"It was a picture perfect innings. I enjoyed it. It cannot get any better. In my 100th match, I scored a century. I'm very happy about that. Obviously they had their plans, but I adjusted to those things and started off well," he said.


"From the other end, Virat was also going well and so I supported him. I am happy that I scored a century today. I just want to continue and improve the quality of my game."


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