Centurion. South Africa vs India 2nd ODI. With the help of Yajuvendra Chahal’s brilliant 5-wicket hall and Kuldeep Yadav’s tight bowling performances, India first managed to restrict South Africa at a very low score of 118 runs and then with the solid batting performances by Shikhar Dhawan and captain Virat Kohli India comfortably won the second game at Supersports Park, Centurion.
Now India is ahead of the hosts by 2-0 in the six-match ODI series, after winning the second match of the series. India showed its class in both the batting and bowling departments and did not provide a single chance to South Africa to bounce back in the match.
Earlier, after winning the toss India chose to bowl first. India was looking to take benefits of the absence of the South African star player AB de Villiers and the captain Faf du Plessis. Pitch reports were also showing the average score of 250 runs and the lack of pace on the pitch. So India prefered to chase the run score provided by South Africa.
According to pitch conditions, India came with two regular spinners and two pacers. Initially, South Africa got a good start but after the fall of their first wicket as Hashim Amla (23) in the 10th over of the match they started to collapse. No batsmen of the South African squad could surpass 30 runs margin and hence Proteas could manage only 118 runs in 32.2 overs and got all out.
Although No Indian bowler allowed the Proteas batsmen to open their arms. Especially the spin department did the damage. Yajuvendra Chahal (5/22) and Kuldeep Yadav (3/20) never allowed the hosts to step up and score runs. The Indian spinners maintained the pressure on the South African batsmen from both the ends.
However, Indian bowlers performed exceptionally well but no South African bowler could leave his mark on the pitch in the second inning of the match. India also lost their first wicket as Rohit Sharma (15) at a very low team score of 26 runs, but after the fall of the first wicket, India never gave a single chance to the hosts to grip the match.
Shikhar Dhawan (51*) and captain Kohli (46*) put a partnership of 93 runs together for the second wicket and returned unbeaten. Hence India succeeded its second victory in the series and lead the series by 2-0.
Summary of the first inning:
South Africa – 118/10 (32.2 overs)
JP Duminy – 25 (39)
Yajuvendra Chahal – 5/22
Summary of the second Inning:
India – 119 /1
Shikhar Dhawan – 51* (56)
Kagiso Rabada – 1/24