Despite South Africa getting an early warning of India’s lethal wrist spinning duo in Durban, the hosts’ struggles continued in Centurion as the leggies claimed an eight-wicket haul to round up a pathetic SA for 118 runs. In reply, India reached the score in 21 overs with nine wickets in hand.
India opted to field first as they wanted to test an unsettled South African side that was lacking big names like Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers. Making an inexperienced Aiden Markram their interim captain, the hosts were forced to bring in the likes of Khaya Zondo and Tabraiz Shamsi in place of du Plessis and Andile Phehlukwayo. India, on the other hand, kept their squad unchanged after a convincing win in the first ODI in Durban
Early collapse initiates South Africa’s downfall, again
After a terrible batting display in the first ODI saw the hosts crumbling like a house of cards in Durban, they didn’t appear to have learned any lesson whatsoever from it. As soon as the reliable Hashim Amla was seen returning to the pavilion in the 10th over from a Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivery, the rest followed suit. While Faf du Plessis’ determined batting display had kept things interesting to some extent in the last game, Markram struggled miserably to fill his shoes as SA lost three wickets at the 51-run mark. After an out-of-form Quinton de Kock gave away his catch to Hardik Pandya three overs later, the skipper followed him on the very next ball. Kuldeep Yadav, who had taken out the dangerous David Miller last game limiting him to just seven runs, got him for a duck this time as his outside edge was caught by Rahane. At the halfway line, South Africa was looking at the precarious scoreline of 95-4.
Wrist spinners finish the job
The onslaught had taken a break for 13 overs in between with Duminy and Khaya Zondo, trying to keep things intact desperately. However, the pressure was
Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan wrap up things in 21 overs
It was an easy task for the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan yet again with the asking rate less than three. However, it did not stop Rohit form taking the highway as the right-handed batsman took Morne Morkel to the stand with yet another humongous six in the first over this time. His adventurous run came to an early halt as his mistimed pull off Rabada’s delivery was caught by Morkel at fine-leg. With India reduced to 26/1, skipper Kohli came to the crease well aware of the fact that another century was not possible in this game with such a cramped target. While their well-settled partnership had ended prematurely last game through a cheap run-out, both Dhawan and Kohli ensured it did not repeat the same again. Dhawan, who fell short of a fifty in the last game by 15 runs, finally got it this time in 50 balls that included nine classy boundaries. India chased the 119-run target in 21 overs with a lunch break comically interrupting the game for 40 minutes, when they had just two runs left to chase.