South Africa is still alive in the six-match ODI series against India after winning the fourth game at the Wanderers by five wickets. The Pink day talisman was on the show for Proteas on Saturday evening and they pulled off the heist in their favor with some clean hitting by David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen during the middle overs.
Klaasen was the star of the night with an unbeaten knock of 43 in just 27 balls, which helped him to be adjudged man of the match.
The world for Klaasen changed rapidly as, earlier, he didn’t had tickets to watch this Pink day at Johannesburg but he ended as being the star of the show for the nation. He termed this as an unbelievable experience while addressing the media after finishing the show for his team.
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“It’s an unbelievable experience that I had today. I’ve always dreamt about this. Two weeks, I told my ‘missy’ (girlfriend) that I didn’t have tickets to come to the ‘Pink Day’,” he revealed.
“It was an overwhelming experience for the wicket-keeper playing in his second game. The crowd was unbelievable. I’ve never experienced something like that. At one stage on the field, the crowd were going ballistic and I couldn’t hear any nicks… it was an unbelievable vibe.”
With AB de Villiers’s dismissal, India looked confident to seal the deal. David Miller, too, left the team in tatters, but it was his day as first Shreyas Iyer dropped his catch and Yuzvendra Chahal overstepped on the ball he clean bowled Miller.
Talking about the same, Klaasen said “It was definitely a momentum-changer for us, getting that free hit. He’s so cool, calm and experienced, and he said that anything that’s in our slot, we need to back ourselves to hit. We were very calculated in our approach, maybe it didn’t look like it, but it was all calculated and planned out.”
Andile Phehlukwayo gave his finishing touch to this chase and played an entertaining knock of 23 runs in just five balls including three towering sixes and a four. South African stumper praised his big hitting ability and quoted “He hits the ball quite far. He told me he miss-hit a couple out there – I wish I can hit it that far.”
The fifth One-Day International will be played in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, where India will want to amend their mistakes.