IND vs SA, 2nd ODI: Powered by Shreyas and Ishan, India win by 7 wickets to level series
India won the second ODI against South Africa by seven wickets on Sunday. The men in blue have levelled the three-match ODI series as Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan guided them to the victory.
In the match played at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, Ishan performed brilliantly to score 93 runs off 84 deliveries before getting dismissed by Fortuin. On the other hand, Iyer remained unbeaten with 113 runs off 111 balls. Team India and the Proteas will face each other in the third and final match of the ODI series on October 11 in Delhi.
Earlier in the match, South Africa won toss and opted to bat first. They set a target of 279 runs. Aiden Markram (79 off 89 balls) and Reeza Hendricks (74 off 76) looked in control of the proceedings in the middle overs.But Siraj triggered the collapse and also took a stunning forward running catch to dismiss a dangerous-looking Heinrich Klaasen (30).
He mixed up the slower ones intelligently, bowled with a tight line and length and did not even give the in-form David Miller (35 not out) a chance to put him away. He conceded only three runs in the 50th over to end with figures 10-1-38-3.
From being 169/3, which came courtesy a 129 run-a-ball partnership by Hendricks and Markram, South Africa lost three quick wickets with some clever field placements and bowling rotation by India skipper Shikhar Dhawan. Even the in-form Miller struggled to get going at the death and Siraj came out on top as they scored just 57 runs from the last 10 overs with the loss of two wickets.
Debutant Shabaz Ahmed jumped in joy after bagging his maiden international wicket as he trapped Janneman Malan in front of the stumps. It seemed a perfect start for India with the visitors' score reading 40/2 after 10 overs which had just seven boundaries on a dull and dry JSCA wicket.
But what followed was a composed and calculative approach by the middle-order duo of Markram and Hendricks who were happy to bide time, play out dot balls and forge a partnership. From the 20th over onwards, they stepped it up, picking odd boundaries every over and in no time they reached their respective fifties -- Hendricks in 58 balls, and Markram in 64 balls. Hendricks smashed Kuldeep over wide long-on in the 27th over as they started to make their intentions clear.
But thankfully for India, Hendricks got out to a loose short-pitched delivery from Siraj. It opened the gates for India and with some smart captaincy by Dhawan, they managed to sneak in three wickets for 46 runs including that of a dangerous-looking Klaasen. Chasing 279,
Iyer made his second ODI hundred (113 not out off 111) and shared a match-winning 161-run stand with Kishan (93 off84) to ensure a comfortable win in 45.5 overs for a second-string Indian team. The 24-year-old Kishan looked like a transformed batter and showed different layers of his batting by switching to beast mode after a responsible start. The lefthander smashed seven sixes and four boundaries in his career-best knock from 84 balls, while Iyer played the perfect foil.
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The designated vice-captain of the series, Iyer, has been in top form in ODIs, having slammed one century and four fifties in his last six innings.Locked one-all after two matches, both teams will play the series decider in Delhi on Tuesday. At India's optional nets ahead of the game, Ishan had made his intentions clear when he clobbered a loose ball with brute force, ramming into the grill of the MS Dhoni Pavillion. On match day, the stage was just perfect for the diminutive batter to boss at his home ground.
India needed 231 from 41.1 overs when a classy-looking Shubman Gill (28; 26b) perished to a gravity-defying low catch by Rabada on his follow-through. Kishan came in and was at his vigilant best. He ran hard for singles and overcame a hostile bowling spell from Nortje when he was clocking 145-plus clicks on a slow Ranchi wicket.
The lefthander however did not panic as he reached 29 off 46 balls. South Africa then started operating with spinners with stand-in skipper Maharaj looking to dismiss Kishan for a second successive time.
But Kishan took the attack on the left-arm spinner and smashed him for three sixes including two in four balls. The only blip in his innings was when he mistimed one to Rabada but this time he dropped a sitter. In the next delivery, Kishan took a blow on his elbow that seemingly unsettled him before he fell agonisingly short of a maiden century. Iyer, however continued the good work and got India over the line as the men in blue won by 7 wickets.
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