South Africa Hammer India Again To Clinch Series
South Africa 280-6 (de Kock 105, Amla 100) beat
India 146 (Tsotsobe 4-25, Steyn 3-17) by 134 runs
Second One-Day International, Durban
South Africa wrapped up the ODI series against India in emphatic fashion. Following on from their 141-run triumph in Johannesburg, they hammered the tourists by 134 runs in Durban to seal the series with a match to go in Centurion on Wednesday.
There were many similarities to the first match. India again won the toss on a potentially bowler-friendly pitch, inserted the hosts, and watched as Quinton de Kock hit a century. They then imploded against the South African pace attack in their run chase to fall well short.
The game was delayed by over an hour due to a wet outfield and was reduced to 49 overs aside. The teams wore black armbands and observed a minute’s silence before the start in honour of the late Nelson Mandela. South Africa captain AB de Villiers then dedicated his side’s victory to Madiba.
De Kock and Amla batted throughout the first 35 overs of the innings in putting on 194 for the first-wicket. The former reached three figures for the second time in as many matches before being removed by R Ashwin while Amla fell for exactly 100 to Mohammad Shami.
South Africa perhaps didn’t press on as well as they would have hoped following de Kock’s departure. The final 83 balls of the innings yielded only 86 runs as five wickets fell. JP Duminy contributed 26 off 29 balls before being run-out, while Ryan McLaren and Vernon Philander - back from injury to replace Wayne Parnell in the side - clubbed a few boundaries towards the end.
Shami was again the pick of the Indian seamers with three for 47 from eight overs, while Ashwin (1-48) and Ravindra Jadeja (1-49) were the other wicket-takers as the Proteas finished on 280 for six.
India’s run chase was then over almost before it had begun. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli both fell without scoring as Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Dale Steyn claimed one apiece. There were then further wickets before the end of the first powerplay. Rohit Sharma was caught off Tsotsobe, with Ajinkya Rahane, in as a replacement for Yuvraj Singh, caught off Morne Morkel.
That made it 34 for four and India were never likely to mount a serious challenge from then on. They didn’t. MS Dhoni was fifth man out with the score on 74, with top-scorer Suresh Raina following suit not long afterwards for 36.
Jadeja and Ashwin did add 38 for the seventh-wicket, but it was irrelevant to the result. Tsotsobe finished the match by bowling Shami for eight to end with four for 25, with Steyn (3-17), Morkel (2-34) and Philander (1-20) all bowling well to form a fearsome seam attack.
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