14 October 2015, 21:01 PM
In the 2nd ODI India beat South Africa by 22 runs to level the five-match series 1-1. Riding on Dhoni's laboured 92-run knock Team India first managed to put up a challenging total of 247 in front of the visitors. And then Indian bowlers bowled as a unit to defend the total successfully. With this win India kept their proud record intact of never losing at game at Holkar Stadium. India skipper MS Dhoni once again proved his critics wrong with his fine knock and 4 catches behind the wickets. He is certainly the man of the hour.
14 October 2015, 20:47 PM
Over 43.4 || Score 225/10 (Rabada 19*)
Bhuvi to continue. Tahir Out! Perfectly pitched ball and the right-hander got a thin edge of his bat to give a simple catch to Dhoni. Boundary of the next ball from Morne Morkel's willow. Off the third ball Raina took a sharp catch at slips to seal the match for India.
India win the match by 22 runs to level the five-match ODI series 1-1 against South Africa.
M Morkel c Raina b Kumar 4 (2b)
Imran Tahir c Dhoni b Kumar 9 (12b)
14 October 2015, 20:40 PM
Over 43 || Score 221/8 (Rabada 19 Tahir 9)
Yadav to bowl the over. Rabada smacked the third ball for a boundary towards extra covers. The southpaw hit another boundary towards fine leg to collect eight from the over. Poor bowling by the speedster.
14 October 2015, 20:36 PM
Over 42 || Score 213/8 (Rabada 11 Tahir 9)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back to bowl his 8th over. India are looking for wickets here. Three runs from the over. South Africa need 35 more off 49 balls.
14 October 2015, 20:33 PM
Over 41 || Score 210/8 (Rabada 9, Tahir 8)
Yadav to continue. India have an upper hand but it can still be anyone's game as Rabada and Tahir can bat. SA need 38 runs from 54 balls and they have two wickets in hand.
14 October 2015, 20:29 PM
Over 38 || Score 207/8 (Rabada 8, Tahir 7)
Turbanator with his last over. Rabada took a single off the 2nd ball as SA touched the 200-run mark. Behardien Out! Dhoni took a fine catch behind the wickets as Behardien trudged back towards the pavilion utterly despondent.
F Behardien c Dhoni b Harbhajan Singh 18 (33b)
14 October 2015, 20:22 PM
Over 39 || Score 199/7 (Rabada 7, Behardien 18)
Yadav with his sixth over. Rabada is showing full face of the bat. It means the 20-year-old can bat a bit. South Africa need 49 more runs while India 3 wickets to win the match.
14 October 2015, 20:18 PM
Over 38 || Score 195/7 (Rabada 6, Behardien 15)
Rabada played a crunching cover drive off Mohit to get his first boundary. The match is heading towards a nail-biting finish. Seven runs from the over.
14 October 2015, 20:12 PM
Over 37 || Score 188/7 (Steyn 1, Behardien 13)
Steyn Out! This bowling change worked for India as Umesh Yadav picked up his first wicket in the form of Dale Steyn. One again Kohli was the fielder on this occasion. Rabada has joined Behardien at the center. India are mere three wickets shy to win the match.
DW Steyn c Kohli b Yadav 13 (16b)
14 October 2015, 20:06 PM
Over 36 || Score 186/6 (Steyn 13, Behardien 12)
Bhajji with his penultimate over. Can he take a wicket or two here to take India closer towards the victory? Two runs from it. South Africa need 62 more runs to seal the match and they have 4 wickets in hand.
14 October 2015, 20:02 PM
Over 35 || Score 184/6 (Steyn 12, Behardien 12)
Mohit with his 4th over. Behardien is capable of changing the fortunes of the game single-handedly. So Behardien should be Indian bowlers next target. Decent over by the medium pacer.
14 October 2015, 19:58 PM
Over 34 || Score 181/6 (Steyn 11, Behardien 10)
Bhajji to continue. Steyn hoisted the bowler towards long on for a huge six. Then came a boundary from an outside edge. Good over for the visitors as they scored ten from it.
14 October 2015, 19:53 PM
Over 33 || Score 171/6 (Steyn 1, Behardien 10)
Big blow for South Africa. AB de Villiers Out! Virat Kohli took another outstanding catch at short cover region to send the skipper back in the hut. It's a great opportunity for Team India to win the match and level the series. Dale Steyn has walked in to bat.
AB de Villiers c Kohli b MM Sharma 19 (20b)
14 October 2015, 19:48 PM
Over 32 || Score 167/5 (AB 19, Behardien 8)
Harbhajan Singh is back into the attack. Decent over by the offie as he conceded mere four runs, all came in singles.
14 October 2015, 19:44 PM
Over 31 || Score 163/5 (AB 17, Behardien 6)
Skipper AB Deviliers wicket would be key for South Africa now. Bhuvi and Axar are bowling in tandem at the moment. After losing three wickets in a heap, Proteas are certainly at the back-foot. India should keep the pressure intact by not giving them easy singles. Required rate in still under five so that's not an issue for the visitors.
14 October 2015, 19:33 PM
Over 27 || Score 142/5 (AB 2, Miller 0)
Miller out for a golden duck. Bhuvi bowled peach of a delivery to get the southpaw caught behind the wickets. India is back with a bang. Farhaan Behardien and AB are in the middle for the visitors.
DA Miller c Dhoni b Kumar 0 (1b)
14 October 2015, 19:30 PM
Over 26 || Score 141/4 (AB 0, Miller 0)
Double blow for South Africa as they lose Faf du Plessis as well. Axar Patel is on a roll here. Faf tried to hit the bowlers over short covers fielder but Kohli took a stunner to send the batsman back to the pavilion. India is back in the match.
F du Plessis c Kohli b Patel 51 (56b)
14 October 2015, 19:19 PM
Over 24 || Score 134/3 (AB 0, Du Plessis 45)
Axar strikes! The offie trapped Duminy in frOnt of the wicket and this time field umpire Kulkarni didn't take much time to raise his finger. Skipper AB de Villiers is the new man to the crease.
JP Duminy lbw b Patel 36 (46b)
14 October 2015, 19:16 PM
Over 23 || Score 131/2 (Duminy 35, Du Plessis 43)
Now it seems that match is slipping away from the hands of India. The third wicket stand is getting dangerous with every passing over. Yadav conceded three boundaries in the over. Two came from Duminy's willow and one from Faf. India need a couple of wickets here to get back into the match.
14 October 2015, 19:09 PM
Over 22 || Score 118/2 (Duminy 27, Du Plessis 38)
Raina to continue. Faf and Duminy are now milking away the Indian bowlers. They are scoring runs with an ease. Faf has started hitting boundaries at will. He hit two consecutive fours in the over.
14 October 2015, 19:05 PM
Over 21 || Score 110/2 (Duminy 25, Du Plessis 32)
Strike bowler Umesh Yadav is back into the attack. India need wickets now to win this match as they don't have much runs to defend. Expensive comeback by the speedster as he leaked eight runs, including a boundary which came from Faf's willow.
14 October 2015, 18:58 PM
Over 20 || Score 103/2 (Duminy 24, Du Plessis 27)
Suresh Raina is set to bowl his opening over. The offie went for runs as he gave away ten in the over. In the mean time South Africa have crossed the 100-run mark and Faf and Duminy too added a 50-run stand for the third wicket.
14 October 2015, 18:55 PM
Over 19 || Score 93/2 (Duminy 19, Du Plessis 22)
After losing both openers in a heap, Faf and Duminy are steadying the South African ship. They are running hard between the wickets, stealing the singles and even hitting an odd boundary whenever getting a loose ball. They have already added 41 runs for the third wicket.
14 October 2015, 18:46 PM
Over 17 || Score 79/2 (Duminy 16, Du Plessis 12)
Mohit Sharma has been introduced into the attack for the first time in the innings. The medium pacer bowled a tight over first up, conceded mere two runs.
14 October 2015, 18:41 PM
Over 16 || Score 77/2 (Duminy 15, Du Plessis 11)
Bhaji and Axar should stop giving easy singles every now and then to put some pressure on the batting side. But that's not happening at the moment as Faf and Duminy are playing the balls in gaps to get singles.
14 October 2015, 18:35 PM
Over 14 || Score 68/2 (Duminy 11, Du Plessis 6)
Bhajji and Axar are finishing their overs quickly. Duminy and Faf are happy to take singles at the moment. They might look to attack the fifth bowler. To say the least, the match is evenly poised at the moment.
14 October 2015, 18:29 PM
Over 11 || Score 58/2 (Duminy 7, Du Plessis 2)
Spinners are bowling in tandem for India. And both - Axar and Bhajji have picked a wicket apiece thus far. Faf and Duminy are in the middle for the visitors. In the meantime a quick over left-arm spinner in which he gave mere two runs.
14 October 2015, 18:24 PM
Over 10 || Score 56/2 (Faf 1, Duminy 4)
Quinton de Kock Out! Harbhajan Singh picked up his first wicket as he forced the batsman to go for a big shot and make a mistake. And Kock trapped in his net as was caught at deep long off by Mohit Sharma.
Q de Kock c MM Sharma b Harbhajan Singh 34 (36b)
14 October 2015, 18:17 PM
Over 8 || Score 43/1 (Kock 25, Du Plessis 1)
Faf is the new man to the crease after the fall of Saffers first wicket. Harbhajan to continue. Another tight over by the Punjab Ranji skipper.
14 October 2015, 18:15 PM
Over 7 || Score 40/1 (Kock 23, Du Plessis 0)
It's a double bowling change! Axar Patel set to bowl his first over. Hashim Amla Out! After hitting the bowler for a boundary, the opener once again tried to dance down the wicket to hit him for a six. But on this occasion he missed the line and Dhoni dislodged the bails in a flash.
HM Amla st Dhoni b Patel 17 (17b)
14 October 2015, 18:09 PM
Over 6 | Score 36/0 (Kock 23, Amla 13)
First bowling change. Offie Harbhajan Singh to replace Yadav. Tight over first up by the veteran as he gave mere four runs.
14 October 2015, 18:07 PM
Over 5 | Score 32/0 (Kock 21, Amla 11)
Bhuvneshwar set to bowl his third over. This time, the medium pacer didn't give much room to the batsmen to free their arms. But India need wickets here as they don't have a big score to defend.
14 October 2015, 18:03 PM
Over 4 | Score 29/0 (Kock 18, Amla 11)
Another expensive over as Umesh Yadav conceded two boundaries in it to leak 11 runs. Solid start by the visitors.
14 October 2015, 18:00 PM
Over 3 | Score 18/0 (Kock 11, Amla 7)
Bhuvi to continue. New ball is not at all moving in the air as the bowler is looking ordinary. Bhuvi is not learning from his mistakes and bowling on a wrong line. Good over for the Saffers as seven came from it.
14 October 2015, 17:55 PM
Over 2 | Score 11/0 (Kock 4, Amla 6)
Tearaway bowler Umesh Yadav is set to bowl the 2nd over. First ball was a gentle loosner and Amla collected his first boundary with the help of a thick outside edge. That was the only bad ball in the over. The bowler conceded five runs.
14 October 2015, 17:50 PM
Over 1 | Score 5/0 (Kock 4, Amla 1)
Bhuvneshwar to bowl the first over for India. Amla opened the visitors account with the help of a single off the 2nd ball. Quinton de Kock flicked the first ball he faced to towards mid-wicket to get a boundary. Five runs from the over.
14 October 2015, 17:45 PM
MS Dhoni has once again silent his critics with a laboured knock of 92. Last ball six has shifted the momentum slightly towards the hosts. Now the onus is on Indian bowlers to defend the total of 247.
14 October 2015, 17:18 PM
Over 50 | Score 247/9 (Dhoni 92, Sharma 0*)
Rabada to bowl the final over. Dhoni made room for himself off the first ball by moving on the leg side, Rabada followed him, no runs scored. Rabada fired another short ball, mistimed by Dhoni, no runs scored. Rabada bowled a length ball to Dhoni who failed to connect the bat with it. Dhoni once again made room for himself off the fourth ball, Rabada once again followed it him and Dhoni refused the single. Rabada's penultimate delivery was a slow bouncer, no runs scored. Rabada once again bowled a bouncer to end the over, Dhoni connected on that occasion and it sailed over deep midwicket for another Six!
14 October 2015, 17:13 PM
Over 49 | Score 241/9 (Dhoni 86, Sharma 0*)
Steyn to bowl his final over. Dhoni once again refused a single off the first ball and hit the second one towards wide of long-off for a boundary. Dhoni worked the third ball towards long-off for no run. Steyn fired another short ball, Dhoni anticipated it early and pulled it past square leg for another boundary. The skipper moves to 85. Dhoni tapped the fifth ball towards short cover for a single. Nine from the over and Dhoni will be on strike in the final over to be bowled by Rabada.
14 October 2015, 17:08 PM
Over 48 | Score 232/9 (Dhoni 77, Sharma 0*)
18 balls to go, here comes Rabada. He started with a wide ball and Dhoni refused a single off the first ball which he played towards deep cover. Dhoni hit the second ball towards mid-off and refused another single. Dhoni defended the next ball towards point for no run. Rabada followed it with a length ball and Mahi tonked it over long-off for another four! Dhoni moves to 76. Another wide from Rabada. Dhoni defended the fifth ball back to the bowler for no run. Dhoni took a single off the last ball to keep strike. 7 from the over.
14 October 2015, 17:01 PM
Over 47 | Score 225/9 (Dhoni 72)
Steyn is back in attack. Second ball was short and wide and Bhajji whacked it over covers for a boundary. Third ball was full and wide, Bhajji went for the big shot but edged it to the keeper! Bhajji departs for 22 but he has added valuable 56 runs with Dhoni. Umesh Yadav is the new man in. He recently scored a ton in the Ranji trophy and today, he just needs to give some company to Dhoni. Oh wait, Steyn fired a bouncer at him and he drilled it past midwicket for a boundary!
UT Yadav c de Kock b Steyn 4 (3b)
Harbhajan Singh c de Kock b Steyn 22 (22b)
14 October 2015, 16:54 PM
Over 46 | Score 217/7 (Dhoni 72, Singh 18*)
Morkel to bowl his final over. Five from the over.
14 October 2015, 16:54 PM
Over 45 | Score 212/7 (Dhoni 70, Singh 15*)
Tahir to bowl his final over. Dhoni worked the second ball past fine leg for a booundary. Fourth ball was in Dhoni' zone and he slapped it straight down the ground for another Six! 16 from the over! Dhoni, the magician, is back with a bang!
14 October 2015, 16:45 PM
Over 43 | Score 196/7 (Dhoni 57, Singh 13*)
Morkel to continue. Four from the over.
14 October 2015, 16:39 PM
Over 43 | Score 192/7 (Dhoni 56, Singh 11*)
Duminy brought back for another spell. He started with a short ball, Dhoni slapped it high over long-on to bring his fifty off 57 balls. Bhajji attempted a sweep shot off the third ball, it went towards deep midwicket and a misfield produced another boundary. The next ball was once in Bhajji's zone and he hammered it over long-on for a Six! Useful runs for India. Both these batsmen can hit some big blows. 17 from the over.
14 October 2015, 16:34 PM
Over 42 | Score 175/7 (Dhoni 49, Singh 1*)
Morkel to bowl his 8th over. Two from the over.
14 October 2015, 16:33 PM
Over 41 | Score 173/7 (Dhoni 48, Singh 0*)
Rabada to continue. He started with a short ball and Dhoni pulled it past square leg for a boundary. Dhoni was offered width off the third ball and he played a cut shot, the fielder at short third man misfielded and the ball went all the way for another boundary. Two valuable strokes from the captain.
14 October 2015, 16:26 PM
Over 40 | Score 165/7 (Dhoni 40, Singh 0*)
Tahir to continue. He struck again and he bowled slower through the air, Bhuvi was down the wicket and was bowled! Harbhajan is the new man in. He has the reputation of being a big-hitter and India need a cameo from him. A wicket maiden from Tahir.
B Kumar b Imran Tahir 14 (32b)
14 October 2015, 16:23 PM
Over 39 | Score 165/6 (Dhoni 40, Kumar 14*)
Rabada to bowl his 7th over. Six from the over. Reaching 200 runs should be Dhoni's first target.
14 October 2015, 16:19 PM
Over 38 | Score 159/6 (Dhoni 38, Kumar 12*)
Tahir to continue. Four from the over.