12 Oct INDIA EASE PAST PROTEAS TO SEAL 2-1 ODI SERIES WIN
DELHI: India completed a come-from-behind 2-1 One-Day International (ODI) series victory over the Proteas after winning the third game by a comfortable seven wickets at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Tuesday.
In what was a forgettable performance for the tourists, they were bowled out for just 99 on a tricky two-paced pitch on which the spinners shared eight wickets. It was their lowest total ever against the India in a 50-over game and fourth lowest overall.
The hosts were never really troubled in reply and cruised to their winning target in just 19.1 overs to seal an emphatic win. It means they added the ODI series victory to the 2-1 triumph in the three-game T20 International (T20I) scoreline secured during the first part of the tour.
South Africa would have been hopeful of a much better showing in what was the final match of the tour before they depart for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia later this week. They went into the game again without rested captain Temba Bavuma after he took ill ahead of the previous game, while number one spinner Keshav Maharaj was also sidelined for the same reason.
After winning the toss and fielding, the home side had their visitors in trouble as early as the third over when off-break bowler Washington Sundar (2/15) had Quinton de Kock top edge to short third-man for six.
Seamer Mohammed Siraj (2/17) then landed a double blow in the eight and 10th overs when he dismissed Janneman Malan (15) and Reeza Hendricks (3) respectively to leave the Proteas on 26 for three.
Rookie spinner Shahbaz Ahmed (2/32) accounted for Aiden Markram and top-scorer Heinrich Klaasen (34) either side of stand-in captain David Miller (7) falling to Sundar and Andile Phehlukwayo (5) being removed by another slow bowler Kuldeep Yadav.
The latter then went on to mesmerise the tail and finish as the pick of the bowlers with four for 18 – the South Africans shot out in 27.1 overs.
It was their lowest against India in ODIs beating the 117 they scored at Nairobi in 1999. Their previous lowest scores in 50-over cricket where 83 against England at Manchester earlier this year, 83 against the same opponents in Nottingham (2008) and their all-time low of 69 versus Australia at Sydney (1993).
The 100-target proved too easy for India, who chased it down with more than 30 overs to spare. Shubman Gill (49) and Shreyas Iyer (28 not out) lead the way through most of the chase, while there was a wicket each for Lungi Ngidi (1/21) and Bjorn Fortuin (1/20).
South Africa ODI squad against India
Temba Bavuma (captain, DP World Lions), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (DP World Lions), Reeza Hendricks (DP World Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Janneman Malan (Gbets Rocks), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Gbets Warriors), Wayne Parnell (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (North West Dragons), Kagiso Rabada (DP World Lions), Rilee Rossouw (ITEC Knights), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Tristan Stubbs (Gbets Warriors).
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Sunday, 9 October at 13:30
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Tuesday, 11 October at 13:30
India beat South Africa by seven wickets – Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
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