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Indian teams poor run continues in South Africa as they lost the 2nd ODI by 134 runs at Kingsmead, Durban. South Africa won the second consecutive match against India, to seal the three-match series as well. It’s once again a shameful outing for Team India, especially by their batting line up. Indian top order once again disappointed when they came in to chase the target of 280 runs. Poor shot selection by the Indian batsmen was the major reason behind their loss in the 2nd ODI. South African opener de Kock won the Man of the Match award for his 106-run knock.
Over 35.1|| Score 146
Tsotsobe clean bowled Shami to claimed his fourth wicket. And with that South Africa won the 2nd ODI by 134 runs.
Mohammed Shami b Tsotsobe 8 (14b)
Over 35|| Score 146/9
Jadeja’s 26 runs knock finally came to an end. In the 34th over, Jadeja tried to launched Tsotsobe over long on, but at the boundary Ab de Villiers took a well judged catch in the end. South Africa is just two wickets shy of wining the match and series. It’s a poor show by India in the ODIs. Steyn clean bowled Umesh Yadav in the next over to get his third wicket. Now South Africa is just one wicket away from another scintillating win over the top ranked India team.
UT Yadav b Steyn 1 (6m 5b)
RA Jadeja c de Villiers b Tsotsobe 26 (63m 34b)
Over 32 || Score 139/7
Steyn didn't disappoint his skipper at all and gave him another breakthrough in the form of R Ashwin. A wide and short ball at the off stump, Ashwin tried to pull it but only managed a fine edge of his bat and wicket-keeper de Kock took another catch behind the stumps. South Africa are just three wickets away to seal the match and series, whereas India still need 142 runs in next 17 overs to win the match and keep the series alive.
R Ashwin c de Kock b Steyn 15 (35m 26b)
Over 30 || Score 133/6
Steyn has been brought back into the attack in the 29th over, which means South African skipper, de Villiers wants to finish the game as soon as possible. On the second delivery off Steyn, Ashwin played an elegant shot towards cover for a four. He went to the back-foot and punched it towards the off side, a perfectly timed shot. Five runs came from the over. In the next over Tsotsobe gave just three runs. Now India need 148 runs in next 19 overs to seal the match.
Over 27 || Score 120/6
Jadeja smacked Morkel for a six in the 25th over over cow corner. It was a brave shot by Jadeja on a track and situation like this. Then he played another cracking shot in the next over off McLaren to found a boundary at deep backward point. Jadeja has started slogging now, which is not at all a wise option at the moment. Five run came from the 27th over.
Over 23 || Score 95/3
Raina who was playing a sensible knock from one end also got out after scoring 36 runs in 50 balls, laced with three boundaries. Though Raina timed it well, at short cover Miller took a blinder. Now it’s almost over for India. A side that has won all six ODI tournaments this year is on the verge of losing this match and series as well.
SK Raina c Miller b Morkel 36 (50b)
Over 22 || Score 95/1
In the 21st over Raina scored his second boundary of the innings by playing Morkel fine towards on-side to collect nine runs from the over. McLaren has been introduced into the attack for the very first time and Raina collected another boundary by playing a pull shot off him. Eight came from the first over by McLaren. In last two overs India collected 17 runs but they need a lot of overs like these.
Over 20 || Score 74/5
Partnership between these two is quite crucial for India. After a long time, India collected a boundary, when Raina swept Duminy towards fine leg in the 19th over. Seven runs came from it. India lost another wicket in the form of MS Dhoni. Dhoni tried to play it towards the third man but got an outside edge of his bat and de Kock took a smart diving catch behind the stumps. Now it seems as if a miracle can only save India. Ravindra Jadeja is the next man in for India.
MS Dhoni c de Kock b Philander 19 (31b)
Over 15|| Score 54/4
JP Duminy has been introduced into the attack for the very first time by the South African skipper in the 13th over. Duminy gave just three runs in his first over. Philander is bowling from the other end. He is trying short stuff on these two Indian batsmen, but so far they have played it with an ease. Five runs came from the 14th over bowled by Philander. Meanwhile India have also crossed the 50-run mark. Three runs came from the next over off Duminy.
Over 12|| Score 43/4
Indian skipper MS Dhoni and southpaw Suresh Raina are in the middle after the fall of four Indian wickets within first ten overs. Indian top order has really disappointed with their poor shot selection. Now India need a big partnership from these two if they really want to stay alive in this match and series.
Over 10|| Score 35/4
India is in deep trouble. Rahane got out. Rahane tried to chase the ball which was going away from him and only managed a fine edge of his bat and wicket-keeper took a simple catch. It’s a poor shot selection once again by an Indian batsman. After the end of ten overs, India is struggling at 35 for four.
AM Rahane c de Kock b Morkel 8 (17b)
Over 8|| Score 30/3
In the eighth over bowled by Tsotsobe, Rohit smashed him for a boundary over point region. India lost its third wicket in the form of Rohit Sharma. After a gap of one ball Rohit again tried to slap his short one towards mid-wicket for another boundary but failed to keep it grounded and Amla placed at short-mid-wicket took a sharp catch to send Rohit back towards the pavilion. Five runs came from the over.
RG Sharma c Amla b Tsotsobe 19 (26b)
Over 5|| Score 17/2
Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in after the fall of India’s second wicket. Rahane has a good chance to prove his mettle. He should spend some time at the crease before playing his shots. In the fifth over bowled by Steyn came just a single. Unlike South African openers, Indian top order once again failed to give their team a good start.
Over 4|| Score 16/2
Virat Kohli gone for a Duck. Double blow for India. Kohli tries to play the ball towards third man but only managed to get the thick outside edge off Tsotsobe and de Kock took a simple catch behind the wickets. One run came from the over. India is in deep trouble here.
V Kohli c de Kock b Tsotsobe 0 (7m 5b)
Over 3|| Score 15/1
Tsotsobe shared the news ball with Steyn. First ball was a wide from the bowler. In the fourth ball, Rohit cut Tsotsobe to collect his first boundary. Five runs came from it. Shikhar Dhawan out. In the next over Dhawan tried to cut Steyn but played it in the air and Duminy take a sharp catch at backward point. Dhawan got out for a two ball duck. Virat Kohli is the next man in for India. Dale tried to surprise Kohli with a bouncer but it went over the head of the wicketkeeper as well and Indian got four runs. Five runs came from the over.
S Dhawan c Duminy b Steyn 0 (2b)
Over 1|| Score 5/0
Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan have come up in the middle to open the Indian innings, whereas Dale Steyn will start the bowling proceedings for South Africa. First ball, slightly on the leg stump and Rohit flicked it towards mid-wicket for two runs. In the next Rohit again collected two runs this time towards square leg region. And run came in the last ball. So five from the first over. Rohit is looking more relaxed today.
Once again the South African openers – Amla and de Kock – gave a perfect start to their team when Dhoni decided to bowl first. Both the openers scored a hundred each and gave their team a perfect platform to put up a mammoth target once again while batting first, but in the last 10 to 15 overs Indian bowlers bowled really well to restrict South Africa to 280 runs. Now Indian top order has to perform well, if they want to win this game to keep the three match series alive.
Over 49|| Score 280/5
Umesh Yadav gave 20 run in the last over and shifted the momentum once again towards South Africa. First, McLaren launched the bowler for a six towards square leg and then Philander collected three back-to-back boundaries in the last three balls to put up a total of 280 in front of the visiting team in a game which has been reduced to 49 over's a side.
Over 48|| Score 260/6
In the third ball off the 48th over Kallis slapped Shami for a four over mid-wicket. But in the next ball Shami took the revenge by taking out the leg stump of Kallis. A perfectly pitched ball by Shami and he also got the reward for it. But McLaren collected a boundary in the last ball of the over -- nine runs came from it.
JH Kallis b Mohammed Shami 10 (13b)
Over 47|| Score 251/5
After the fall of Miller’s wicket, came in Jacques Kallis. In the last ball of the 46th over off Shami, Duminy scored a boundary through mid-off to score seven runs from the over. In the 47th over, Duminy slaps Ishant towards mid-wicket and tried to snatch the second run but a good through from the deep and Duminy fell short of his crease. He scored a cameo of 26 runs in mere 29 balls before getting out. Six runs came from the over. Meanwhile, South Africa has crossed the mark of 250 runs.
JP Duminy run out 26 (29b)
Over 45|| Score 238/4
Jadeja has bowled really well so far. In the 41st over he spent just three runs. Yadav in the next too bowled at a tight line and gave just three runs away. Amla has reached to 98. In the 43rd over off Jadeja, Duminy scored his first boundary through covers to collect nine from the over. Shami who gave 29 runs in his five overs is back in action. Amla completed his hundred by scoring a single off Shami’s first ball. 12th ODI hundred for Amla. He used just 116 balls to complete his ton, laced with eight fours. But after the gap of a ball Shami got his first wicket in the form of Amla. Amla tried to dispatch a slower bouncer by Shami but only managed a fine edge of his bat and Dhoni took a simple catch behind the wickets -- a soft dismissal. Shami strikes again. In the last bowl of the over Shami’s fuller length hit the pad of Miller and umpired raised his figure. Miller got out for a three ball duck. Miller got unlucky, as in the replays it was clearly visible that he got a fine edge of his bat before the ball hit his pad. An eventful over by Shami. In the next over Jadeja gave four runs.
DA Miller lbw b Mohammed Shami 0 (3b)
HM Amla c Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 100 (117b)
Over 40|| Score 216/2
Yadav has been reintroduced in to the attack to bowl the 38th over. And he gave six runs in it. JP Duminy is in the middle along with opener Amla. Duminy played a brisk knock of 59 runs in the last game to make sure that his team crossed the mark of 350 runs while batting first. Amla has now entered into nineties. From here on South Africa must be eyeing for a score around 320 plus as they have eight wickets in hand.
Over 37|| Score 201/2
Double blow for South Africa. Skipper AB de Villiers came in to bat after the fall of de Kock, but Jadeja bowled a typical left arm delivery, beating de Villiers and Dhoni dislodged the stumps within a flash. Smart work by Dhoni behind the wickets and de Villiers is back in the hut. Meanwhile South Africa also crossed the mark of 200 runs in the 37th over.
AB de Villiers st Dhoni b Jadeja 3 (4b)
Over 36|| Score 197/1
In the 32nd over Ishant Sharma has been reintroduced into the attack and he gave away just two runs. De Kock needs just one run to score his second hundred in as many games. And with a single off Ishant, de Kock scored his third international hundred.What a superb knock by Kock. He has scored all three hundreds in this month. Three runs came from Ishant’s 34th over. Shami has also been brought back into the attack. But the South African openers have welcomed him by scoring two boundaries off him to collect 11 runs from over. Finally, Ashwin strikes for India de Kock tried to sweep Ashwin, failed to keep it down and found a fielder. His classic knock of 106 finally came to an end.
Q de Kock c RG Sharma b Ashwin 106 (125m 118b)
Over 30|| Score 165/0
In the over number 26, 27, 28 India stopped South African openers to score any boundary. Jadeja has been bowling on a tight line but at last in the 29th over Amla collected a boundary off him through mid-wicket region. South Africa is heading towards a big total now. Openers are still scoring runs with an ease. De Kock is heading towards another century as he has crossed the mark of 90 runs, whereas Amla is playing on 70.
Over 25|| Score 142/0
In the 22nd over South Africa collected 11 runs off Kohli’s over. First, Amla drove Kohli’s second ball through covers and then in the fourth de Kock danced down the pitch and flick it away for another boundary. Both the openers are now scoring boundaries at will. South African openers collected two more boundaries in the next two overs. Meanwhile, Amla also completed his fifty in the 24th over with the help of a single. Jadeja has been introduced into the attack now for the very first time. Four runs came from Jadeja’s first over.
Over 20|| Score 106/0
By flicking Raina’s last ball of the 16th over de Kock completed yet another half-century. What a form this young lad has been going through. Dhoni is looking short of ideas here, as he handed over the ball to Virat Kohli. In the 19th over, both the openers added consecutive hundred run partnership for their team. Kohli gave four runs in his first over. India is still searching for their first breakthrough.
Over 15|| Score 83/0
Both the spinners -- R Ashwin and Raina -- are in tandem for India at the moment. India desperately need a couple of wickets here. In the last ball of 13th over bowled by Ashwin, Amla got a thick outside edge and collected another boundary. Raina gave just three runs in the next. Indian bowlers should look for wickets here. Meanwhile, Amla collected his fourth boundary, in the over number fifteen.
Over 10|| Score 58/0
South African team has got off to a good start. Both the openers are looking solid at the moment, whereas Indian team is still looking for its first breakthrough. In the ninth over off Shami, de Kock scored two back-to-back boundaries and then in the next by Ishant both the openers collected one boundary each.
Over 6|| Score 27/0
Ishant returns in the sixth over. Amla hits a boundary off the last ball of the over. The ball hit the outside edge, and went past the third slip gap towards the ropes for four runs.
Over 5 || Score 21/0
Shami is replacing Umesh in fifth over. Kock hit the second delivery towards the covers, probably for a four, but the ball slowed down. The batsmen are quick enough to add two runs. Rest are dot balls by Shami.
Over 4 || Score 19/0
Ishant Sharma introduced in the over, conceded four runs. Amla and Kock take singles. The out-field is moist, so the boundaries are not coming easily for the batsmen.
Over 3 || Score 15/0
Two boundaries by Kock give 8 runs in the third over. The second ball was hit towards the non-striker for a beautiful four. The next ball, a shot one, was hit towards the square leg boundary by Kock adding another four runs to the total.
Over 2 || Score 7/0
After two dot balls, the third one by Shami is a wide ball. Amla sends the next ball between midwicket and square leg, take two runs. The fourth delivery is hit towards the cover for a quick single. One bye, takes the total to 5 runs off the second over.
Over 1 || Score 2/0
Umesh Yadav will begin the proceedings for India. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock open the South African innings. Kock on strike. After two dot balls, Kock sends the ball to the covers for a single. That brings Amla on strike. Amla, sends the full length ball towards mid-wicket for one run. The last two deliveries get no runs. Two runs off the first over. Mohammad Shami is sharing the new ball with Umesh.
Toss: India have won the toss and have elected to field first.
India: Unfit Yuvi makes way for Ajinkya Rahane. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma are out. Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav in.
SA: Vernon Philander replacing Wayne Parnell.
Toss in five minutes. The 50-over match has been reduced to 49 overs-a-side match.
Toss: The toss has been delayed due to a wet out-field.
Durban: It’s a make or break situation for Team India in the second ODI today. A defeat at Kingsmead for the visitors means
losing the three-match ODI series. After a shameful defeat of 141 runs in the first ODI, at Johannesburg, India would certainly look to win the second match not only to level the series 1-1, but also to keep the series alive.
However, the green Kingsmead track must have given the Indian batsmen sleepless night on the eve of the match, as at Wanderers they failed to cope up with the pace and bounce of Dale Steyn & Co.
After the huge loss in the first ODI, India have to show immense improvement in their batting and bowling departments. But it would wrong to underestimate a side that has won all the six ODI tournaments, they have played this year. The Indian players have to show character and intend if they wish to beat South Africa, otherwise it’s going to be a lopsided affair once again.
Pressure would certainly be on India and if we go by their past record at Kingsmead, then figures are even more appalling. Though India have won a Test at this ground during their last tour to South Africa, in the ODIs India have never beaten the home side. In fact, the team has never even crossed the 250-run mark here.
India should add Umesh Yadav in the playing eleven to generate some extra pace from the track, which might trouble the host’s robust batting line up. Whereas, Indian batsmen, especially the top order have to handle the South African speedsters better this time to achieve the herculean task of beating the Proteas.
Indian team should take some positives from their arch-rivals Pakistan -- if a mediocre Pakistan team can beat the African side in the recently held ODIs series here, then why can’t the world champions and top ranked ODI side?
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