Virat Kohli* 46(50); | Shikhar Dhawan 51(50);
Imran Tahir* 5.3-0-30-0; | Tabraiz Shamsi 3-1-18-0
Mohammad Nabi 40(27); | Shafiqullah Shafiq 14(27);
Kyle Jarvis 3.4-0-24-1; | Blessing Muzarabani 4-0-36-2
The South Africans were clueless against the wrist spinners. They have a couple at their disposal. But, do they have enough on the board? I fear no. Let's see how things pan out. Here's Morne with a couple of slips in place.
Yuzvendra Chahal - Great feeling, first five-wicket haul in ODIs, it's a good feeling to perform well for the country. There was a bit of spin, so my idea was to vary my pace. This wicket was much better when compared to Durban, the turn was consistent. The captain always backs me, MS gives me ideas, I have played a fair bit of matches and I know what to do now.
12:17 Local Time, 10:17 GMT, 15:47 IST: India need 119 to go 2-0 up in the 6-match series. A very poor performance from the South Africans. The openers got off to a cautious start, before Hashim Amla nicked one to the keeper off Bhuvi in the tenth over. After that, it was all about the spin twins. SA lost three wickets on 51. Debutant Khaya Zondo offered a bit of resistance against the spinners, but he fell victim to Chahal trying to play a big shot. That opened the floodgates again and the hosts lost their last six wickets for just 19 runs. The combined figures of Chahal and Kuldeep: 14.2-1-42-8. The chase should be a cakewalk for the visitors, who will come out to bat in a short while from now, as lunch won't be taken now.
Chahal to Chris Morris, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Chahal loses his run-up
What is Chris Morris going to do? He probably has only one plan. SLOG! Here's Chahal. Can he get a fifer?
Tabraiz Shamsi, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Bumrah to Tahir, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Jasprit Bumrah [4.0-1-11-0] is back into the attack
Imran Tahir, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Two slips in place!
Chahal to Morne Morkel, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Morne Morkel, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Kuldeep Yadav to Rabada, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Kagiso Rabada, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Chahal to Duminy, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
A slip and leg gully in place
Kuldeep Yadav [4.0-0-9-2] is back into the attack
Chris Morris, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Chahal to Zondo, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Yuzvendra Chahal [4.0-0-11-1] is back into the attack
A leg slip in place now
Kedar Jadhav, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Time for some slingy off-breaks!
The stretcher was out for Bumrah, he looked embarrased, so did the physio and they signal the people to talke it back
Pandya, from round the wicket
Hardik Pandya [2.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack
Drinks are on the field now. Nothing going South Africa's way at the moment, they have had injuries and they are now playing like 'deer in the headlights' against two quality wrist spinners. Not helped themselves with wrong shot selections either. Not much to come after this pair, just Morris and the tail. Things looking good for India at the moment
Kohli has a chat with his bowler about field placements, just one slip for JPD
A slip and a leg slip for Kuldeep
Khaya Zondo, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Kuldeep Yadav to Miller, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
A slip for Miller
David Miller, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Kuldeep Yadav to Markram, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Kuldeep Yadav, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack
Jean-Paul Duminy, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Chahal to de Kock, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Hardik Pandya [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack
A gully for Pandya
Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
First signs of spin, here's Chahal, one slip in place
Two slips for Markram
Aiden Markram, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Amla's last ten innings vs India in ODIs: 13, 22, 37, 17, 5, 7, 23, 35, 16 & 23 (today)
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Bhuvneshwar Kumar [4.0-1-15-0] is back into the attack
Change of ends for Bhuvneshwar, replaces Bumrah
Pandya has got rid of his white blonde highlights and replaced them with blue
Hardik Pandya, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
First change and Pandya replaces Bhuvneshwar
Mike Haysman on TV says that Aiden Markram is the 2nd youngest South African captain after Graeme Smith and 11th youngest overall
A wide slip, a deep gully and a short third man in place for Bhuvneshwar
Jasprit Bumrah, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Bumrah, from the other end. Two slips in place
The gully moves across to short cover-point
Amla and de Kock are at the crease. Amla is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack
The players are out in the middle. Zondo is listed to bat at six on his ODI debut. Bhuvneshwar with the new ball for India, two slips in place.. Make it one slip and a gully..
Last six 1st innings totals in ODIs at Centurion Park - 301, 361, 304, 318, 294 & 384
South Africa's last seven ODIs at Centurion Park: W.NR.W.W.W.W.W (last)
Amla's last four ODI innings at Centurion: 133, 124, 127 & 154QdK's last three ODI innings at Centurion : 135, 178 & 109
Coming back to the teams, South Africa have handed a debut to Khaya Zondo and have selected two wrist spinners, Imran Tahir and Tabriez Shamshi. No changes for India
Pitch Report: 'It's an early morning start, the average score batting first in D/N games in the last 5 matches is 330, but during a day game, it's only 250. There's some moisture on the surface, but the sheen that's common on a Centurion track is missing here. The spinners will definitely come into play, there are some cracks, but it's rock hard. The surface is abrasive and there's some chance of reverse swing.'
South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, Khaya Zondo, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
India have won the toss and have opted to field
'Bright and sunny' in Centurion, says our man, Kaushik Rangarajan. Shastri keeping a close eye on Pandya's bowling, he adds.
If the loss of their star player wasn't enough, the hosts have suffered another blow with Faf du Plessis ruled out of the remainder of the series with a fractured finger. That not just leaves a big void in the middle-order, but the hosts will certainly miss the captaincy of du Plessis. The selectors sprung a surprise by naming Aiden Markram, who played just his second ODI in Durban, as the stand-in captain, perhaps with an eye on the future. The elegant batsman comes with impressive credentials though, having led South Africa Under-19 to a WC win in 2014. But is the captaincy of the senior team a bridge too far? Or will he do a Graeme Smith and lead his team in the future? We will have the answers during the course of the series.
09:00 AM Local Time: On a warm Thursday night in Kingsmead, Durban, India did a couple of things that they had never done during their previous tours of South Africa. First, they won their first-ever One Day International against the hosts at that iconic ground. Second, for the first time ever, they started a bilateral home series in South Africa on a winning note. It was a measured performance by Virat Kohli and his team in Durban, although one can't write-off the absence of a certain AB de Villiers. The hosts were rocked by the wrist spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, the two spinners combining to finish with impressive figures of 5 for 79 from their 20 overs. India have already played their aces, it's now up to the hosts to respond as the series moves across to Centurion.
Preview"We know, just as in the Tests, Kohli is the backbone. If we get him, we put pressure on them." With these words in mind, Faf du Plessis leapt into an instinctive, full-length dive at wide slip off the second ball his opposite number faced in Durban. The catch didn't stick and Virat Kohli went on to score another match-winning hundred in a chase for India's one-nil lead.If defeat wasn't enough, the desire to see the back of Kohli has come with another collateral - du Plessis has been ruled out of the remainder of the series with a fractured finger. It does, though, provide an opportunity for the hosts to test the leadership credentials of Aiden Markram, who has long been earmarked to take over full-time after this current golden batch runs its course.But it's the void in the middle-order that'll concern South Africa most. Even with du Plessis around, the hosts struggled to find a tempo to their innings through the middle against Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. But South Africa's loss is India's gain. For months on end, almost since the moment of India's white-ball awakening after the Champions Trophy, Kohli has sworn allegiance to wrist spin and to that effect, the Durban game was another stamp of approval for this mindset change. But it is still one game and South Africa hope that the pitches, particularly those the Highveld, don't replicate Kingsmead's hospitality.But in a series with such a short turnaround time, they will need to regroup quickly on the pitch. Quinton de Kock is too good a player to fail for as long as he has in the summer so far. But while he has at least good memories of playing 50-over cricket against India to draw inspiration from, his partner Hashim Amla hasn't crossed 37 in his last nine innings against this particular opposition. Also needing an injection of confidence is Imran Tahir, whose 10 wicketless overs were milked for 51 runs, a rare toothless day for one of South Africa's most enduring one-day weapons.India have transitioned quickly from the draining Tests, but these are still early days in the six-match series. With an eye on next year's big prize, South Africa have made allowances for some experimentation. But if they were to go down 0-2 in Centurion, their margin for these experimentational errors will go down significantly.When: South Africa vs India, 2nd ODI, February 4, 10:00 Local, 13:30 ISTWhere: SuperSport Park, CenturionWhat to expect: It's summer in the Highveld which means Thunderstorms are always around the corner. This being a day game might work in favour of a disruption-free contest given showers are predominantly forecast for late evening on Sunday. The pitch will be under the scanner after Bryan Bloy's 'sub-continent wicket' for the Test earned du Plessis's ire. But local-boy Markram saw a return to the normal for the pitch that is set to be used. The last time South Africa played here, they scored 384. A high-scoring encounter could be on the cards.Team News:India: India's dominant day in the office at Kingsmead was sweetened further by Ajinkya Rahane's early success in his second stint as a No.4 batsman. His last five innings at two-drop now read - 45, 87, 89, 50 and 79. With most pieces seemingly in place, India are unlikely to tinker with their combination. If there are areas to tighten, it is with the fifth bowler that Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav jointly share. Ottis Gibson ordered a range-hitting session for the batsmen against a made-to-order net bowler mimicking Jadhav's style. It's a potential weakness that the hosts would love to exploit.Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra ChahalSouth Africa: It may not be for the reasons envisioned, but du Plessis's absence opens up another slot in the middle-order. But while the incoming Farhaan Behardien seems a logical inclusion given the experience factor, the hosts have been eyeing the possibility of bringing in the uncapped Khaya Zondo, who they picked ahead of Behardien in the original squad. New captain Markram will move up a place to No.3 - closer to his more familiar role as an opener. Given Lungi Ngidi's great debut at this venue, South Africa could give him a go at the cost of an all-rounder if they are hopeful that the batting wouldn't fail for two games in a row.Probable XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram (c), JP Duminy, Khaya Zondo/Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo/Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran TahirDid you know?- India and South Africa have a 2-2 head-to-head record in matches at Centurion, with one ending in a no result.- South Africa have won six of their last seven ODIs here with one ending in a no result.- Quinton de Kock has scored four hundreds in six innings at the Centurion Park with his scores at this venue reading: 15, 101, 4, 135, 178 and 109.- Hashim Amla has scored a hundred in each of his last four innings here. He has five tons overall here and averages 76.91 from 12 ODI innings.What they said:"It was a complete team effort, but we want to start from zero here because whatever happened in Durban is past now. This team is always living in the present."- Ajinkya Rahane believes the first one-dayer will have no bearing on how the second will be played."I'll keep Hash [Hashim Amla] close to my side in the field, and obviously other experienced players as well. It's going to be something very exciting, it's going to be a new challenge. But it's a positive challenge to look forward to."- Aiden Markram on the feeling of captaining the national side with legends in them.
India (From): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur
South Africa (From): Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, Farhaan Behardien, Lungisani Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khaya Zondo
14.55 local: India are playing at a different level in ODI cricket of late. Any age group. They've managed to subdue South Africa, who were coming off a 17-match unbeaten home run. It's quite incredible. So that's it from me, doing my best to avoid going off on cricket's archaic laws. I've been Sagar Chawla, you can find me @SagarChawla90. On behalf of Pradeep Krishnamurthy (@Field_Cricket), Varun Dixit (@taurausvarun) , Abhinand Raghavendran, and our scorer Shashikant Singh (@shashi_CB), it's a goodbye. Get out of here, cricket. Lunch breaks with two runs needed, are you kiddi...
Kohli, India captain: We thought at the toss, the ball is going to do a bit in the morning. Was a much harder wicket than Durban. Bhuvi and Bumrah started really well. We didn't let SA get too much up front. Spinners were outstanding again. To win like this obviously feels very good. What we thought in the morning, we did all those things right. We knew that we won't get grass on the pitch. When it's seaming it's anyone's game anyway. We have the quicks to back that. We knew the wickets were going to be hard and dry. Those two (wrist-spinners) are a handy bunch together. If we set up to chase down totals, we know exactly what we want to do. Rohit and Shikhar's intent at the top is crucial. They started off well in the last game too. We back guys to play positive cricket. Small totals, it's always important to start positive. It's a wonderful position to be in. We know their middle-order is inexperienced, and we look to cash in on that. The way our spinners are bowling, we are confident about continuing the same momentum.
Chahal, MoM: Enjoying bowling here. We used to play in such conditions in India. It's about how mentally tough you are when you go overseas. When I first struck, Kuldeep came in and took two wickets. It puts pressure on the batsmen.
Markram, SA captain: Not the best performance. Today we'll have to be honest with ourselves. Got a couple of days to turn it around in Cape Town. Not ideal. Couple of soft options starting with myself. Have to lead from the front. Have to remain positive now. Started off with good intensity with the ball. We'll come hard in Cape Town. Can't afford slip-ups now. Might bring out the best from us now.
A few stats from this game - thanks to Deepu Narayanan:
Spinners this series after first two ODIsIndia: 13 wickets at 11.61, SR 18.6, ER 3.74SA: 0 wickets, ER 6.00
Wins with most balls remaining against SA in SA:177 by Ind, Centurion, 2018 (Target: 119)153 by Aus, Cape Town, 2000 (145)112 by Eng, Port Elizabeth, 2009 (120)
Wins with most balls remaining against SA:215 by Eng, Trent Bridge, 2008 (Target: 84)188 by Aus, Sydney, 2002 (107)178 by Eng, Lord's, 2003 (108)177 by Ind, Centurion, 2018 (119)164 by Ind, Nairobi, 1999 (118)
14:37 Local Time, 12:37 GMT, 18:07 IST: Off we go again. Goodbye. Nah, we're here. It's a staggering win for India at Centurion to go 2-0 up. Fifty minutes back, it would have felt a lot more staggering, but cricket's laws wouldn't have it that way. We're still reeling from how ridiculous that break for lunch was. But tough as it may be, let it not steal the thunder from Yuzvendra Chahal's maiden ODI five-for which crashed South Africa to their lowest ODI total at home. India's wrist-spinners had an extraordinary home season last year, and if there were any doubts as to their effectiveness overseas, those have been comprehensively dispelled in these first two ODIs. Chahal and Kuldeep combined for a total of eight wickets today on a slightly slow pitch at Centurion, which was to India's liking. That still doesn't explain South Africa's capitulation though. It was all too easy for the visitors from there as they romped home through breezy knocks from Dhawan and Kohli. Presentations shortly..
14.31 local: I hope the lunch at Centurion was nothing short of mindblowing. We're back after a 45-MUMNUTE BREAK with India needing two runs to win. Preposterous. The ground has emptied by more than 80%.
13:48 Local Time, 11:48 GMT, 17:18 IST: Kohli can't even believe it. He walks up to the umpires absolutely bewildered. But there's nothing he can do against cricket's indomitable laws. Bit of a farce here as the players walk off. Wow. We'll be back in 40 minutes. It might take a lot more though to process this.
The umpires have allowed an extra four overs (including the previous one) to get the target, failing which the players will have to break for lunch
Tabraiz Shamsi, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack
Imran Tahir, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Chris Morris, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rabada to Rohit, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Two slips for KG as well
Kagiso Rabada, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Rohit and Dhawan are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Morne Morkel will open the attack