SA v Ind 2nd ODI: South Africa seal ODI series with impressive chase
South Africa sealed the three-match ODI series against India with an impressive seven wicket win over the visitors in the second match at the Boland Park in Paarl.
On Friday, India won the toss and batted first. They posted 287 for six in their 50 overs and South Africa in their chase overhauled the target in 48.1 overs to finish on 288 for three.
India started off confidently as openers Shikhar Dhawan and captain Lokesh Rahul added 63 for the opening wicket. Then Rahul added 115 runs for the third wicket with Rishabh Pant. Rahul fell soon after for 55 off 79 balls with four boundaries. Pant on the other hand carried on as he finished finally on 85 off 71 balls with 10 boundaries and two sixes. Towards the end Shardul Thakur added crucial 48 runs for the seventh wicket with Ravichandran Ashwin. Thakur remained unbeaten 40 off 38 balls with three boundaries and a six.
India finished on 287 for six in their 50 overs. For South Africa the key wicket-taker was Tabraiz Shamsi (2-57).
In their response, South Africa was well served by an opening stand worth 132 between Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock. The first to fall was de Kock as he went for 78 off 66 balls with seven boundaries and three sixes. Malan then carried on as he added 80 for the second wicket with skipper Temba Bavuma. Malan fell short of his hundred for 91 off 108 balls with eight boundaries and a six. Towards the end iden Markram added an unbroken 74 for the fourth wicket with Rassie van der Dussen.
For India, the wicket-takers were Jasprit Bumrah (1-37), Yuzvendra Chahal (1-47) and Thakur (1-35).
The third match of the series will be played on Sunday.
India: 287-6 (50)
Fall of wickets: 1-63 (Shikhar Dhawan-11.4 ov), 2-64 (Virat Kohli-12.4 ov), 3-179 (KL Rahul-31.1 ov), 4-183 (Rishabh Pant-32.3 ov), 5-207 (Shreyas Iyer-36.5 ov), 6-239 (Venkatesh Iyer-43.5 ov)
South Africa: 288-3 (48.1)
Fall of wickets: 1-132 (Quinton de Kock-21.6 ov), 2-212 (Janneman Malan-34.4 ov), 3-214 (Temba Bavuma-35.4 ov)
Result: South Africa won by seven wickets, lead series 2-0
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma (captain), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi
India: KL Rahul (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Toss: India elected to bat
Venue: Boland Park, Paarl
Match officials: Adrian Holdstock, Marais Erasmus (On-field Umpires); Bongani Jele (TV Umpire); Allahudien Paleker (Reserve Umpire); Andy Pycroft (Match-referee)