About the Match
South Africa made the best use of home conditions to defeat India by 134 runs and win the ODI series 2-0 convincingly. Ranked 5th in the ICC ODI rankings, South Africa won against the number one ODI side in the 2nd match of the series, leaving India exasperated. The upcoming 3rd and final match on Wednesday remains only as a formality with the two teams gearing up for the Tests that start next week. If India can put up a better performance in the 3rd ODI, it will definitely give them a morale boost to go ahead in the tour on a positive note; however it needs to be seen if the South African team will allow them a win as they eye a clean sweep in the ODI series.
Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock batted with ease again, scoring centuries; with Amla becoming the fastest batsman to reach 4000 ODI runs in 81 innings whereas Quinton became the 3rd batsman in South Africa to score centuries in consecutive matches. The duo posted a 194-run partnership and while the rest of the batting line-up couldn’t add much to the scoreboard barring Duminy’s 26 runs, the efforts of the top order saw them post 280 runs on board. The bowlers did a fantastic job by removing the Indian top order quickly; Tsotsobe took 4 wickets, Steyn claimed 3 and Morkel’s 2 wickets saw the team winning by a massive 134 runs. This huge win has bolstered the team’s confidence as they toppled the mighty Indians and the upcoming match will be a smooth finish for them.
The bowlers except for Mohammad Shami failed to provide breakthroughs, with the South African top order creative many a headache for them. Shami took 3 wickets; Ashwin and Jadeja claimed a wicket each with the former putting an end to Quinton’s knock but it was already too late. The bowlers gave away too many runs and the batsmen couldn’t put up a fight against the South African bowlers; losing the match in the 36th over itself putting up just 146 runs in their reply to the 280 target. While Dhawan and Kohli were duck-out, Rohit struggled in the top; Raina was the top scorer with 36 runs and as he, Dhoni and Jadeja tried their best to chase the target, they were knocked all-out by the superior bowling of the home side. It was a dismal performance by the team and they will look to regain some confidence by winning the last match.
South Africa has done exceptionally well against the topmost ODI side and with the series win in their kitty, this side is charged up to reach greater heights. India has been struggling in these conditions and will need some more time to sharpen their skills; it will be difficult to make a comeback here. Although Indians may make a comeback, but South Africa is clearly having an edge and is looking well placed to make a clean sweep by winning the last ODI match too.
South Africa, 1.61 @ William Hill
The Proteas have put on a century stand every time they’ve batted in this series. With Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla in such a fine nick and Indian bowlers not bowling all that well, I think they would once again put a heavy opening stand.
Fall Of 1st South Africa Wicket:
30 and Over, 1.83 @ William Hill