Winning the toss India opted to bowl first. India played the same XI while Safaris made a couple of changes in their squad. Khaya Zondo made his debut and spinner Tabriaz Shamsi was also a part of the playing XI.
Amla and Quinton de Kock made a steady start and the collapse started right after Amla’s wicket. Amla departed after scoring 23 when he nicked it to Dhoni off Bhuvi’s bowling. The skipper Aiden Markram departed without making any significant changes in the scoreboard. Though Duminy and Zondo showed a bit of class in their batting it dint lasts long. Indian spinners bowled out SA for just 118 runs.
It is to be noticed that SA lost their last 6 wickets in an interval of 19 runs and this “fragile” middle order had let them down.
A Star spin duo
The spin duo Chahal and Kuldeep once again showed a lot of character in their bowling. The pair accounted for eight wickets while Chahal bagged his maiden ODI fifer.
Bhuvi and Bumrah bagged a wicket each and supported the spin duo for an early collapse.
Kuldeep also took his career best figures of 3/20 and proved his skills yet again in the seam-friendly SA conditions.
Another failure for Rohit
Rohit failed yet again and fine knocks from Dhawan and Kohli made India chase a target of 119 with ease and in just 20.3 overs. The South African bowler’s dint looks much threatening as Dhawan hit his 23rd half-century with a better strike rate.
Yuzhvendra Chahal was awarded the Man of the match for his brilliant spell of 5/22.
SA lose No:1 ranking
This loss let down Southafrica from the No:1 ICC rankings in ODI cricket and the hosts will be certainly looking to change their fortunes in the rest of the series.
India now leads the series 2-0 and the next match will be played at Newlands, Capetown on February 7th.
SA: 118/10, Duminy 25, Chahal 5/22
INDIA: 119/1, Dhawan 51*, Rabada 1/24