South Africa Seal Series with 7-Wkt Win
While Rishabh Pant was India’s standout performer with the bat as he hit 85 runs, while KL Rahul also scored a handsome half a century but both failed to convert him into a three-digit score.
While the tourists remained unchanged, the hosts brought in Sisanda Magala in place of Marco Jansen. Rahul hopes his side will perform much better after learning from their loss in the series opener on Wednesday.
With very little time to rest, India will be hoping to put on a better batting show and turnaround against South Africa in the second ODI at Boland Park on Friday.
In a short three-game series, where there is only a day gap between games, India must strike well, which was one of the main reasons why they lost the first game by 31 points and 1-0 behind in the playoffs.
In a 298 chase, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were fine until both fell in quick succession. On the slow and assisted pitch in Paarl, where the stroke play was tough for fresh hitters in the crease, India’s middle order failed to get the chase on track and fell without bringing substantial contribution as tourists fell to 188/6. .
Shreyas Iyer and Venkatesh Iyer fell on short balls while Rishabh Pant was sent home via a brilliant stump from Quinton de Kock. Eventually, the visitors could manage 265/8 in 50 overs. Another tip that India and alternate captain KL Rahul missed was trying Venkatesh with bowling.
When South African captain Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen sailed for their 204 partnership and managed to neutralize Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal and Shardul Thakur, not trying Venkatesh with his average pace was a big miss.
With Bavuma and van der Dussen using conventional and reverse sweeps, you could feel India were flat and devoid of ideas on how to keep the duo from scoring.
It was also a match where the South African spin trio of Aiden Markram, Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi picked four wickets in total while conceding 124 runs in 26 overs and outperformed the Indian spin duo of ‘Ashwin and Chahal, who could only take one wicket while conceding 106 runs in their combined 20 overs.
For South Africa, everything went well with the bat and the ball. By tightening the screws after the fall of Dhawan and Kohli, they managed to tip the match in their favor.
They would like their openers, de Kock, Janneman Malan and Markram, to get more runs with the bat. It will be a tough task for India to prevent a confident South Africa from winning their fourth trotting match of this tour unless their batting and tactics put on an improved show.
India: KL Rahul (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah (Vice-Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Wicket Keeper), Ishan Kishan (Wicket Keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal , Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Jayant Yadav and Navdeep Saini.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (captain), Keshav Maharaj (vice-captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Zubayr Hamza, Marco Jansen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen and Kyle Verreynne.
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