India vs South Africa: India registered a fine series levelling when over South Africa in the second of the three-match India vs South Africa ODI series at the JSCA International Stadium. Some extraordinary batting performances from the home side helped them seal a convincing win in a highly intense game.
The proteas meanwhile were let down this time, unlike the previous game where they managed to get all their strategies perfectly alright. A win by 7 wickets for India means that the third ODI will now be a highly significant one for both the teams to win in order to seal the three-match series hereon.
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first with the intention of repeating their good performances with the bat just like in the first game. South Africa didn’t have the perfect start as Quinton De Kock was dismissed for just 5 in the third over by Mohammed Siraj.
Janeman Malan tried to stabilise the innings with some steady shots but he too was dismissed by Shahbaz Ahmed against the run of play with South Africa two down for 40. It was at this moment that Reeza Hendricks along with Aiden Markram who was in at no.4 started to take the attack on the opposition bowlers.
The duo displayed superb resistance under tough circumstances to add 129 runs in as many balls. Both the batters smashed brilliant fifties to take the command during the middle overs. The partnership came to an end with Reeza Hendricks being dismissed for 74. Double strikes from the Indian bowlers in the 38th and 39th over saw South Africa lose Aiden Markam and Heinrich Klaasen each of whom was set batters at that time.
David Miller held one end firmly but it didn’t help his side anyways because no other players managed to stand and score the much-important runs to provide the Proteas with a good finish. This led to South Africa to a total of 278/7 in 50 overs in the 2nd India vs South Africa ODI.
India didn’t have the perfect start to their run chase as they lost Shikhar Dhawan early once again. Shubman Gill who looked in fine rhythm was also sent back by Rabada with India’s score under 50. However, what followed was absolute carnage by the Indian batters. Ishan Kishan along with Shreyas Iyer showed excellent abilities to handle the situation as they absolutely ran riot against the opposition bowlers.
The left-right combination never let the bowlers settle their line and lengths as the duo continued to pile on the runs and add to South Africa’s misery in the 2nd India vs South Africa ODI. The batters had both smashed fantastic fifties and added on an incredible amount of 161 runs for the third wicket when Ishan Kishan was dismissed for 93 falling just 7 runs short of a well-deserved century.
However, Shreyas Iyer didn’t stop as he went on to bring up his second ODI century as he finished with 113 not out of 111 balls. He found able support from Sanju Samson at the other end who scored a breezy 30. India, with this win will now be battling it out against the Proteas in the decider match (India vs South Africa 3rd ODI) at the Arun Jaitley stadium on 11th October.