INDIA: Shreyas Iyer’s Brilliant 113 and Ishan Kishan’s fantastic 93 helped India to win the game by 7 wickets and 25 balls to spare at JSCA International Stadium, Complex in Ranchi on Sunday.
India’s win has levelled the series, thus making the final game more interesting. The 279-run chase looked easy for India as Iyer and Kishan played great innings.
After losing both of its openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill, India was at one point 48 for 2; however, a 161-run partnership between Iyer and Kishan enabled India to complete the victory. Reeza Hendricks (74) and Aiden Markram (79) had earlier contributed to South Africa’s 278 for 7 in 50 overs.
The following players took one wicket: Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kuldeep Yadav, and Shardul Thakur. However, Mohammed
Mohammed Siraj stood out with figures of 3 for 38 in 10 overs. Siraj showed quite a bit of maturity out there, which immensely helped India to stop South Africa below 300. The death overs were bowled very well. India only conceded 26 runs in the final five overs.
Overall, the Indian team looked quite balanced last night, and the players played their respective roles with maturity.
The last night’s win made Men in the Blue top the records with 300 ODI victories while chasing, followed by Australia and West Indies with 257 and 247 victories, respectively.
Delhi will host the third ODI. Here, the pitch is a little two-paced. Since the oddballs tend to stay low, spinners typically flourish here. Here, 240 can be a challenging score.
India was 282 for 3 (Shreyas 113*, Kishan 93) and South Africa 278 for 7 (Markram 79, Hendricks 74, Siraj 3-38) by seven wickets.
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