David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen set up Proteas ODI win over India
The Proteas struck first and went 249-4 and limited the hosts to 240-8 to secure victory (in a rain-interrupted game that was reduced to 40 overs) and try to secure a automatic qualification for the 2023 World Cup.
With India at 118-5, the match seemed almost over, but Sanju Samson turned things around by hammering in 86 from 63 to set up a thrilling final. Tabraiz Shamsi (8-0-89-1) was given the task of overthrowing the last and led the Proteas to victory by defending the 30 points needed to win, allowing the home side to score none than 20.
On ideal ground for spinners, SA’s Keshav Maharaj gave an excellent bowling performance with numbers of 8-1-23-1. Quick shots from Proteas also helped pave the way for the result with Kagiso Rabada (2-36) and Lungi Ngidi (3-52).
Key to the Proteas was the fifth unbeaten 119-wicket partnership between Klaasen and Miller.
Klaasen scored 74 on 65 balls (6×4, 2×6) and Miller scored 75 on 63 balls with five fours and three sixes. At one point, the Proteas were 110/4 on the 23rd, until Klaasen and Miller’s onslaught.
Rabada and Wayne Parnell got the first wickets needed for the Proteas. Rabada bowling Shubman Gill (3) before captain Shikhar Dhawan (4) plays against Parnell.
Shamsi got the wickets of Ruturaj Gaikwad for 19 runs from 42 deliveries and also Ishan Kishan (20 from 37 balls) who was caught on the leg slip.
Shreyas Iyer then scored 50 from 37 balls but managed a shot from Lungi Ngidi only to get caught halfway by Rabada for India to sit at 118-5.
Sanju Samson came in and nearly changed the game with 28 runs coming from the 36th and 37th overs to leave a required 45 goal from the final three overs for victory.
Earlier, Proteas fly-half Janneman Malan scored 22 from 42 before falling to Shardul Thakur. The SA captain started well scoring eight runs via two fours but then a quality ball from Thakur hit his stump in the next after 12 balls.
Wrist twister Kuldeep Yadav beat Aiden Markram (0) to leave South Africa at 71-3 after 16 overs.
The second ODI is set to take place on Sunday at the JSCA International Stadium Complex (Ranchi).