The Indian cricket team leveled the series 1-1 after beating South Africa by seven wickets in the second ODI of the three-match series on Sunday. South Africa had given a target of 278 runs for seven wickets, which India completed in 45.5 overs for the loss of three wickets.
Ranchi: Shreyas Iyer (113 not out) scored a century and his 161-run stand with Ishan Kishan (93) for the third wicket helped India beat South Africa by seven wickets in the second ODI to clinch the three-match series 1-1. Equated with. The third and deciding match of the series will be played in Delhi on Tuesday. With the brilliant bowling of Mohammad Siraj (3 for 38 in 10 overs), India won the match by scoring 282 runs at the loss of three wickets with 25 balls to spare after restricting South Africa to 278 for seven.
Shreyas hit 15 fours in an unbeaten innings of 111 balls, while Kishan hit four fours and seven sixes in his aggressive innings of 84 balls at his home ground. After Kishan’s dismissal, Shreyas made an unbroken partnership of 73 runs for the third wicket with Sanju Samson (30 not out), who was batting brilliantly in the previous match.
Earlier, South Africa scored a challenging score on the basis of half-centuries from Aiden Markram (79) and Reeza Hendrix (74) and a 129-run partnership for the third wicket between the two. Hendrix hit nine fours and a six in his 76-ball innings while Markram hit seven fours and a six in his 89-ball knock. David Malan, running in great rhythm, remained unbeaten on 35 off 34 balls.
The Indian bowlers bowled brilliantly in the opening and last overs of the match, with Siraj impressing the most. Washington Sundar (1 for 60), debutant Shahbaz Ahmed (1 for 54), Kuldeep Yadav (1 for 49) and Shardul Thakur (1 for 36) also took a wicket each. Chasing the target, captain Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill gave India a clean start. Dhawan scored 13 runs in the sixth over, bowled by Wayne Parnell (one wicket for 44 runs). Gill hit some brilliant boundaries from the other end but in the ninth over he returned to the pavilion after scoring 28 off 26 balls off Kagiso Rabada (1 for 59).
Kishan opened the account by hitting a four against Rabada, while Shreyas opened his hand against Parnell by hitting a four in the 10th over. While Kishan was playing carefully at the beginning of the innings, Iyer scored fast during this period. Kishan improved his strike rate by hitting three sixes off Maharaj in the 19th and 21st overs. In the 26th over of the innings, Kishan completed his half-century off 60 balls with one run off Markram, while Shreyas completed his fifty in 47 balls by hitting a four on the next ball.
After completing the half-century, Kishan took a more aggressive approach, after taking the delivery of Fortin (27th over) to the visitors, in the 32nd over, Norkhia hit four fours and two sixes in successive deliveries. In the process of hitting another six against Fortin, he was caught by Hendrix and missed a century. Shreyas completed his hundred in 103 balls by hitting a four on the second ball of the 43rd over. He gave the team victory by hitting a four against Norkhia on the fifth ball of the 46th over. Samson hit a four and a six in his 36-ball innings.
Keshav Maharaj, who was leading South Africa in the absence of regular captain Temba Bavuma, won the toss and elected to bat. Experienced Quinton de Kock hit a brilliant boundary against Mohammad Siraj on the very first ball of the innings but this bowler bowled him on the opening ball of his second over. Opener Jaaneman Malan (25) and Hendrix then batted carefully. All-rounder Shahbaz took the first wicket of his ODI career by taking Malan leg before in the 10th over.
The appeal of this left-arm spin bowler was turned down by the ground umpire but he had to change his decision at the time of review. Hendrix hit a four against Kuldeep Yadav in the 12th over, after which the team’s fifty was completed in this over. Hendrix and Markram then batted carefully and kept the ball across the boundary line in the middle, which improved the team’s run-rate and South Africa completed 100 runs in 21 overs.
Hendrix completed his fourth half-century of ODI career by taking a run against Shahbaz in the fifth ball of the 26th over of the innings. He hit the first six of the innings against Kuldeep in the next over. On the appeal of Avesh on the second ball of the 28th over against Markram, the umpire gave out but after resorting to review, he survived. Replays showed that the ball went into the gloves of wicketkeeper Sanju Samson without taking the edge of his bat. He completed his half-century in 64 balls by taking a run on the next ball. This is his fifth fifty in ODIs. On the very next ball, Hendrix completed a century partnership with Markram in 107 balls by hitting a four.
Markram also hit his first six after taking Washington Sundar’s ball to the audience. This partnership that would have been dangerous was broken by Siraj by dismissing Hendrix. Klaasen, who came to the crease, showed an aggressive approach against Sundar and then hit a six against Shahbaz. South Africa completed 200 runs in the 37th over with his four. He then hit the second six of his innings against Kuldeep but this bowler trapped him in his spin on the last ball of the over. Klaasen scored 30 runs in 26 balls.
Sundar gave a big success to the Indian team by walking Markram in the next over. Captain Shikhar Dhawan took his brilliant catch by diving. With this wicket, South Africa’s score went from 215 for three to 215 for five. David Miller, running in fine form, hit a four against Sundar in the 40th over and Kuldeep in the 41st over but his partner Wayne Parnell struggled to score runs at the crease. Shardul Thakur ended Parnell’s 22-ball 16 in the 47th over at the hands of Shreyas Iyer.
Miller ended his 41-ball drought in the 49th over with the bat hitting two consecutive fours against Shardul. Siraj conceded just three runs in the last over and bowled Captain Maharaj (5 runs). South Africa’s team could score only 26 runs in the last five overs.
Playing-11 of both the teams
India: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Shardul Thakur, Shahbaz Ahmed, Avesh Khan, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammad Siraj.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Yeneman Malan, Reza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Wayne Pernell, Keshav Maharaj (c), Kagiso Rabada, Bjorn Fortuin, Lungi Ngidi.
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