Dhawan feels interruptions and Miller’s reprieve cost India the game
By Aditya Pratap - Feb 11, 2018 5:31 pm
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Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan feels that drop catch of David Miller apart from that no-ball cost Team India the fourth One-Day International match against South Africa, who won the game by five wickets after enforcing the Duckworth-Lewis and Stern method.

Miller first dropped by Shreyas Iyer in a Yuzvendra Chahal over, who later overstepped and bowled him on the same ball. Dhawan also feels two untimely breaks due to bad weather also helped South Africa to win the game.

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“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 post match press conference.

The match got halted twice, first when India was batting strongly towards a mammoth target. The second time it came during South Africa’s chase and it left the hosts with a short target of 203 to chase inside 28 overs. This was not a big ask for Proteas, who have several big hitters in their batting line-up. However, they found a new star in Heinrich Klaasen, who stroked an unbeaten 43 in just 27 deliveries and adjudged man of the match.

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Dhawan feels that bad weather strengthen South Africa’s chances in this match and quoted “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.”

The fifth One-Day International game will take place at Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, where South Africa will try to stay alive in the series.