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South Africa and India will face off in the second ODI of the series at the Boland Park in Cape Town. South Africa have already taken a confidence-boosting 1-0 lead in the series while Team India need to fight to stay alive.
South Africa seem to possess the Midas touch right now against India. Following a massive victory in the Test series against one of the most formidable sides in the world, they also got their noses in front in the ODI series. The Proteas dominated the opposition with the bat as well as the ball and capped off a brilliant display against India.
Despite suffering an early setback and being reduced to 68/3, South Africa showed plenty of character through Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen. Both the batters stitched a resilient partnership of 204 runs and managed to complete centuries against India. Bavuma departed after scoring 110 runs while Van der Dussen continued to wreak havoc. He eventually finished with 129 runs from 69 deliveries and helped South Africa post a mammoth total of 296 runs. Jasprit Bumrah was the only Indian bowler who looked to have some sort of control.
India got off to a horrible start in the run-chase as captain KL Rahul departed early after scoring just 12 runs. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli looked extremely comfortable in the middle but things went from bad to worse when both had to return to the pavillion after scoring half-centuries. India failed to mount any significant partnership after that and had to settle for a loss.
For South Africa, the bowling performance looked comprehensive and well-rounded with both the spinners as well as the seamers getting wickets. Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi’s overs in the middle took the game away from India and Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phelukwayo returned to pick up important wickets. The Men in Blue have to go back to the drawing board and need to get things right with regards to the team selection as well as showing more character in a do-or-die affair in the second ODI.
The two sides have faced each other a total of 87 times in the One Day format. The Proteas have gotten the better of India 47 times while the Men in Blue have won on 35 occasions.
Wins: South Africa 47, India 35
Last 5 matches: South Africa 2, India 3
One would’ve backed India before the start of the ODI series but the issues plaguing the side seemed to be persistent after a lackluster display in the first match. Their bowling attack, with the exception of Jasprit Bumrah, lacked teeth while the middle-order has also been disappointing. South Africa’s well-rounded display with both the bat as well as the ball makes them the favourites for this contest.
India will look to shake things up going into the second ODI. The playing XI lacked balance in the first match. Despite being included as an all-rounder, Venkatesh Iyer didn’t get to bowl even a single over. The middle-order needs more strength and KL Rahul’s batting position could end up being a bit more flexible.
The Cape Town deck looked slow and didn’t prove to be too difficult a challenge for the batters. Most of the dismissals were soft and if batters manage to get an eye in, they could end up playing long knocks.
Temba Bavuma demonstrated his immense experience and ability with a fantastic knock and rescued the game from a difficult situation. Of course, he also received a lot of support from Rassie van der Dussen who also looked in fine nick. The Proteas will be expecting more from Quinton de Kock while Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi and Tabraiz Shamsi impacted with the ball.
Despite his place in the side under doubt, Shikhar Dhawan provided a confident start at the top of the order. Despite losing KL Rahul early, he continued to be the aggressor-in-chief and built a solid partnership with Virat Kohli. Kohli also looked in control throughout the innings while Jasprit Bumrah seemed to be the best bowler for the side.
Jasprit Bumrah was the only saving grace for Team India with the ball. He bowled pretty well to pick up the important wickets of Janneman Malan and Temba Bavuma. Bumrah also maintained a pretty solid economy rate of 4.80.
Rassie van der Dussen looked to be in top form and took on the Indian bowlers extremely well. Jasprit Bumrah and Virat Kohli will also be looking to guide Team India to a victory and could prove to be contenders here.
Rassie van der Dussen’s phenomenal streak in ODIs continue. He brought up the highest score of his One-Day career in the previous match against India. Van der Dussen has an average of 65.56 and he will look to prove decisive once again.
Virat Kohli is the most ingenious ODI batter of this generation and arguably of all time. Despite his soft dismissal after reaching the 50-run mark in the first game, he looked solid and in control throughout the game. Kohli will look to stay around for a longer time here and have an impact on his side’s chances.
|Lokesh Rahul||c Rassie van der Dussen b Sisanda Magala||55||79||4||0||69.62|
|Shikhar Dhawan||c Sisanda Magala b Aiden Markram||29||38||5||0||76.32|
|Virat Kohli||c Temba Bavuma b Keshav Maharaj||0||5||0||0||0|
|Rishabh Pant||c Aiden Markram b Tabraiz Shamsi||85||71||10||2||119.72|
|Shreyas Iyer||lbw Tabraiz Shamsi||11||14||0||0||78.57|
|Venkatesh Iyer||st Quinton de Kock b Andile Phehlukwayo||22||33||0||1||66.67|
|Shardul Thakur||not out||40||38||3||1||105.26|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||not out||25||24||1||1||104.17|
|Total||(50 Ov, RR: 5.73)||287/6|
|Janneman Malan||b Jasprit Bumrah||91||108||8||1||84.26|
|Quinton de Kock||lbw Shardul Thakur||78||66||7||3||118.18|
|Temba Bavuma||c & b Yuzvendra Chahal||35||36||3||0||97.22|
|Aiden Markram||not out||37||41||4||0||90.24|
|Rassie van der Dussen||not out||37||38||2||0||97.37|
|Total||(48.09 Ov, RR: 5.98)||288/3|