India maintained its winning streak in the second ODI against South Africa at Centurion. Winning the toss India chose to ball first and it was a decision best made. The wrist spin duo-Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal dominated the Kangaroo batsmen. None of the South African batsmen were able to hold against the spun deliveries and it forced the team to went all-out for 119. India had no trouble in claiming their victory chasing the low score with nine wickets.
India opened with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Both the players were playing their game without any pressure, however, Rohit Sharma was not able to contribute many runs and fell into the hands of Kagiso Rabada. It should have been an easy hit if Sharma was in good position to play the pull shot.
Kohli came in at third position and there was no stopping after that. Dhawan and Kohli played the fine cricket whatsoever. There was a partnership of 93 runs between the two and South African bowlers and fielders were not at their best in this game. The opponent bowlers hurled too short deliveries that were easy targets for Dhawan and Kohli to pounce and strike. While Kohli remained unbeaten, Dhawan hit another fifty in this game.
For some experts, the second ODI was an ample opportunity to experiment with the batting lineup. Skipper Kohli would have promoted someone like Ajinkya Rahane or Dhoni to play at no.3 as there was no pressure whatsoever.
Taking note of the South African inning, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock gave a good start and some of the cover drives they player were staggering. Amla even became the highest run scorer on the Centurion pitch surpassing Graeme Smith.
But he wasn’t able to last long, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar got him behind the wickets, it was Dhoni’s 399th dismissal. This was the downfall point for the hosts, as from 51 for 1, the team was soon reduced to 51-4. It was not long before South Africa reduced from 99 for 4 to 118 for all-out.
It was the pair of Yadav and Chahal that kept the South African batsmen from scoring. They deceived the batsmen by the pace while enticing them with enough flight. For Chahal, it was his first 5 for 22. For the hosts, this is the lowest score at home and second lowest score against India.