Team India just broken South Africa’s 17 matches undefeated streak in the ODI format at home by winning the first match of six-match series and lead 1-0. What is on offer in a second game between these two top ranking teams? Will India extend their lead 2-0? or Will South Africa level the series 1-1? Second ODI match between South Africa vs India schedule to start at 10 AM Local | 1:30 PM IST on coming Sunday, 4th February 2018.
SOUTH AFRICA :
The loss AB de Villiers affected South Africa’s batting and it was shown clearly in the first game. As ABD ruled out for first three matches, South Africa in a situation to play without him once again. The out of form Quinton de Kock tried a lot to be back in form and scored some useful runs at top of the order. Skipper Faf du Plessis stood from the front and scored his 9th ODI century. But the middle-order collapses made team down in the middle overs and in the end South Africa able to post less than 270 runs on the board. South Africa’s bowling attack was certainly not enough against the good chasing team, India. Their lead bowlers such as Rabada, Morkel and Tahir failed to pick any wickets and that caused team’s victory. We can hardly see any changes in the batting order after that one loss in the first match. All of their 6 top order batsmen deserved a second chance and they will get it though. Hashim Amla departed early for 16 runs. He was scoring at nearly 100 strike-rate but failed to score big runs. The quality of Amla will help him to play big knock in this game.
Quinton de Kock stood in the crease for 15 overs and scored an useful 34 runs with 4 fours. He is set to play the next game at his home ground, Centurion. We can expect a good innings from him at his home. Centurion is the home ground for skipper Faf du Plessis too. He already scored a big hundred in the last game and he will look maintain the momentum which he got in the first match. Aiden Markram who replaced the injured AB de Villiers at no. 4 in the batting order, caught out for 9 runs in the first match. He is the another hometown boy of Centurion and remember he played a very good knock at this same venue during the test series. He scored a well made 94 runs in the first innings of Centurion test. He will be a key player at this ground. JP Duminy was in prime form in the domestic one-day competition recently. He was expected to play a brief innings in the first match, but unfortunately he fell for 12 runs. But the batting all-rounder will bring all his experiences and will play a good innings. His part-time spin also will play a crucial role.
David Miller was the other one who failed with bat. He is limited overs specialist and he has lot of thing to prove at this level. All-rounders Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo helped with a bat and scored very useful 37 and 27 runs respectively on other day. But with a ball, Phehlukwayo managed to pick two wickets in the end while Chris Morris had a tough day and remained wicket-less. Morris, Morne Morkel and Lungi Ngidi – all played for domestic team Titans at Centurion and certainly we can expect a big bowling performances from them. Lungi Ngidi may make his debut in this match. The bowling sensation Rabada also had a frustrating day in the first match and finished with none for 48. Imran Tahir, the top leg-spinner also had a same experience. Both Rabada and Tahir are wicket-takers and hopefully they will come back stronger in this crucial match.
Team India shifted the momentum which they got in the last test to ODI format. Virat Kohli led-side had a good day in all departments of the game. The spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav brought the team back into the game with their splendid spells in middle-overs. The major strike bowlers Bhuvi and Bumrah were expensive and with that India restricted home side for 269 for 8. Later on, with Shikhar Dhawan’s quick start, Kohli’s hundred and Rahane’s amazing batting performance, India registered their first ODI win on South Africa soil in 7 years. Rohit Sharma had played 2 fours and a six in his short knock of 20 runs off 30 balls. Rohir is the only man in cricket history who scored double-hundred thrice in the ODIs. He was in tremendous form during the home season and big knock is not far away for him.
Shikhar Dhawan scored a quick 35 off 29 balls with 6 boundaries. He unfortunately dismissed in the passion of run out. He will correct his errors and may come with much bigger and stronger innings in Centurion. Skipper Virat Kohli raised the bat for his 33rd ODI century in the last game. The King of chasing proved once again while chasing the target and led the team to victory. Virat is always hunger for runs and that will help to go for another good innings in this game. Ajinkya Rahane found a place in the XI and played a well matured innings in Durban. His innings was so priceless and many legends remarked it. Rahane deserves a place in the XI and he certainly deserves permanent spot at no. 4. The most experienced MS Dhoni who always fire-up behind the stumps will strengthen the middle-order batting along with big hitters Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav. All three of them didn’t get much of batting opportunites in the first game, but will come with runs whenever they gets a chance to bat.
Both Pandya and Jadhav were expensive in their bowling spell but both of them have to play crucial roles with a bowl. The wrist spinners Chahal and Kuldeep had a very good day with a ball and shared 5 wickets among them. Especially Kuldeep Yadav has bowled brilliant spell and claimed 3 for 34 in 10 overs. Chahal started the magic first and brought team back in the game with two quick wickets. Once again, both will play a key role in India’s bowling department. The front-line pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah leaked lot of runs in the first game. Bumrah somehow managed to bowl under 6 RPO, but Bhuvi has conceded 71 runs in his 10 overs. Both of them will get a place in the XI, this time we can expect a much improve performances from them. Remember, Bhuvi’s batting at no. 8 will play a crucial role too. Mohammad Shami, Manish Pandey and others has to wait for their opportunities.
KEY PLAYERS :
SOUTH AFRICA :
- Hashim Amla
- Aiden Markram
- Faf du Plessis
- David Miller
- Chris Morris
- Kagiso Rabada
- Imran Tahir
Wild Card Pick – Quinton de Kock
- Rohit Sharma
- Virat Kohli
- Ajinkya Rahane
- Hardik Pandya
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar
- Jasprit Bumrah
Wild Card Pick – Shikhar Dhawan
POSSIBLE LINEUPS :
SOUTH AFRICA :
Note : As per the latest update Faf du Plessis has been ruled out with fractured finger and will not take any further in the series. Cricket South Africa added Farhaan Behardien and Heinrich Klaasen (Back-up Wicket keeper) to the squad. Based on Behardien’s incredible form in domestic matches this season, he will replaces Faf in the XI. Duminy might come up in the order at no. 3.
1. Hashim Amla, 2. Quinton de Kock, 3. JP Duminy, 4. Aiden Markram, 5. Farhaan Behadien, 6. David Miller, 7. Chris Morris, 8. Andile Phehlukwayo, 9. Kagiso Rabada, 10. Morne Morkel / Lungi Ngidi, 11. Imran Tahir.
The unchanged XI are expected, unless any last moment injury issues.
1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Rohit Sharma, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. Ajinkya Rahane, 5. MS Dhoni, 6. Kedar Jadhav, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Kuldeep Yadav, 10. Jasprit Bumrah, 11. Yuzvendra Chahal.
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