About the Match
Defeating hosts India by a narrow margin of 5 runs in the first ODI, South Africa took a 1-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series; the two teams will face off for the 2nd ODI at Indore on 14th Oct. Batting first, the Proteans put up 303 runs on board with help of a smashing knock by the captain and the bowlers combined well to outwit the strong Indian batting contingent, restricting them to 298 at the end of 50 overs. The win has further boosted the morale of the visitors, who have excelled in all departments of the game; the Indians will be eager to bounce back here before it’s too late to save the series.
Despite a heroic 150 off 133 by Rohit Sharma, who is in good nick with the bat, the others down the line of the famed Indian batting line-up couldn’t keep the momentum and they fell like a pack of cards, falling short behind the target by just 5 runs. Rahane did well to score 60 off 82 and Dhoni tried to build a partnership but others like Kohli and Raina failed to impress.
Earlier, with the ball, Mishra and Yadav used their skills to take 2 wickets apiece while Ashwin was economical with a wicket and giving away only 3 runs per over. They did well to restrict South Africa to 303 runs but the batsmen couldn’t help the team win the match. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Raina, Stuart Binny and Kohli provide variety to the attack; with a good strategy against the hard-hitting South Africans, they will be able to contain the run-flow with ease.
They have the home advantage and if the batsmen can keep their wickets, the batting line-up surely can put up a tough challenge to the opposition.
AB de Villiers’ stupendous 104 helped them build a strong foundation against India in the first ODI; Faf du Plessis scored a well-made 62 off 77 while Behardien came in handy with a quick fire 35 only from 19 balls. Earlier, Amla and Quinton de Kock tried to start the innings on a positive note with a 45-run opening stand; David Miller and JP Duminy couldn’t support well with big runs but they surely are in good form to provide stability to the middle order.
The bowlers defended the total of 303 runs in a combined manner as the young Rabada continued to impress with 2 wickets and giving away only 58 runs; Imran Tahir leads their spin attack and continues to provide regular breakthroughs as he took 2 wickets. Steyn and Morkel are looking good with their pace and will definitely try to dismiss the Indian batsmen at will.
With a sturdy batting line-up and an in-form bowling squad, South Africa is well poised to win the next match and continue to dominate the hosts.
While South Africa is high on confidence and the psychological advantage after their first win, India will definitely look to fight back and survive here on Wednesday; the contest could swing either way, but Indore has been like a fortress for Indians and we feel that the Indian batsmen will get their act together and win the match