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South Africa vs India - 2nd ODI

Series: India tour of South Africa, 2017-18
Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion
Date: 04 February 2018

India 119/1 (20.3 Ovs) CRR: 5.80 | India won by 9 wkts

commentary

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.

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A few stats from this game - thanks to Deepu Narayanan:

Spinners this series after first two ODIs
India: 13 wickets at 11.61, SR 18.6, ER 3.74
SA: 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..

20.3
2
Tahir to Kohli, 2 runs, eyes a big slog to bring up his fifty, but skews it off a thick inside edge past a diving backward square leg. They saunter back for two. India win nine balls after lunch
20.2
0
Tahir to Kohli, no run, fires in a full toss at the stumps, played back down the pitch
20.1
0
Tahir to Kohli, no run, flighted delivery on leg-stump, Kohli clears his front leg and drills it to mid-on
19.6
0
Shamsi to Dhawan, no run, loopy ball on middle and leg, this time connects with the sweep but hits it straight to backward square. It's a maiden. South Africa need 30 more lunch breaks
19.5
0
Shamsi to Dhawan, no run, attempts another slog-sweep, looking to fetch the ball from outside off. And it sneaks under him again. Too full to be sweeping
19.4
0
Shamsi to Dhawan, no run, flighted leg-break, slightly overpitched, Dhawan drives to mid-off
19.3
0
Shamsi to Dhawan, no run, tossed up on off, 85kph, Dhawan defends it back to the bowler
19.2
0
Shamsi to Dhawan, no run, defended with the turn to cover
19.1
0
Shamsi to Dhawan, no run, goes for a big slog-sweep but the ball sneaks under him outside off

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.

18.6
2
Tahir to Kohli, 2 runs, shortish outside off, cut away through backward point. Comfortable two. My ears deceive me. I heard the umpires call for lunch. Oh you're kidding me. India need just two runs
18.5
0
Tahir to Kohli, no run, attempts a hoick but mistimes it to mid-wicket
18.4
2
Tahir to Kohli, 2 runs, drilled wide of short cover, must have stung the fielder's hands as he dove across to stop
18.3
1
Tahir to Dhawan, 1 run, completely done in by length. He came out of the crease, and Tahir pulled it right back. Dhawan does well to adjust and knocks it through mid-off
18.2
1
Tahir to Kohli, 1 run, low full toss on leg, clipped away through square leg
18.1
1
Tahir to Dhawan, 1 run, punched down to long-on for a single. It's fifty too for Dhawan. It's come at better than a run-a-ball
17.6
0
Morne Morkel to Kohli, no run, defended into the off-side
17.5
4
Morne Morkel to Kohli, FOUR, charges out of the crease, there's sufficient room for him to free his arms, and he blitzes it over point. What a shot
17.4
1
Morne Morkel to Dhawan, 1 run, he's opened up in defence but adjusts and steers it through backward point
17.3
0
Morne Morkel to Dhawan, no run, has he dropped it? Morne has his hands on the head. Yes, it carried to Miller. Probably another off-cutter, Dhawan chipped his drive on the up and with someone like Miller over there, it should probably have been taken. It was travelling though, low to his right. But he did get both hands
17.2
4
Morne Morkel to Dhawan, FOUR, off-cutter at 124kph, slogged away over mid-wicket. He picked it right away
17.1
0
Morne Morkel to Dhawan, no run, short of length delivery on leg, hits Dhawan very high on the bat as he looks to tuck it away. Drops very close to the pitch and stops there
16.6
0
Tahir to Kohli, no run, plays it to point
16.5
0
Tahir to Kohli, no run, defended with the turn into the off-side
16.4
2
Tahir to Kohli, 2 runs, yorker length delivery outside off, squeezed away through point for a couple
16.3
0
Tahir to Kohli, no run, almost snuck through! It was probably the googly on off, Kohli wanted to steer it through point but got a thick inside edge
16.2
1
Tahir to Dhawan, 1 run, the googly is so wide that Dhawan's bottom hand comes off in an effort to reach out. He's able to cut it wide of mid-off where Morne dives across to stop
16.1
0
Tahir to Dhawan, no run, dances down, takes it on the full and drives straight to short cover

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

15.6
0
Morne Morkel to Kohli, no run, good length ball just outside off, defended
15.5
1
Morne Morkel to Dhawan, 1 run, back of a length delivery on leg, glanced off the hips to fine leg
15.5
1
Morne Morkel to Dhawan, wide, very wide down the leg-side, Dhawan couldn't even reach it
15.4
1
Morne Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, dabbed into the off-side
15.3
1
Morne Morkel to Dhawan, leg byes, 1 run, back of a length delivery on leg, the ball gets caught up in Dhawan's thigh pad and drops at his feet. Kohli charges across for the single, makes it easily even as Morkel misses the simplest side-foot attempt
15.2
0
Morne Morkel to Dhawan, no run, good length ball on off, defended towards mid-off. Dhawan wanted a single but Kohli saw the intervening short cover and sent him back
15.1
1
Morne Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, pitched up outside off, driven to the left of Zondo at cover. He makes a diving stop this time in an effort to redeem himself
14.6
1
Tahir to Kohli, 1 run, driven with the turn through the covers
14.5
4
Tahir to Kohli, FOUR, oh dear, the crowds are appalled as Zondo makes an embarrassing error in the deep. It was tucked straight to him, but he took his eyes off at deep mid-wicket. Couldn't recover in time
14.4
1
Tahir to Dhawan, 1 run, uses his feet and pushes it down to long-on
14.3
0
Tahir to Dhawan, no run, forward and defended
14.2
0
Tahir to Dhawan, no run, steered away into the off-side
14.1
0
Tahir to Dhawan, no run, defended on the front foot
14.1
1
Tahir to Dhawan, wide, darted down leg, Dhawan just about keeps his balance after missing out on a mighty hack
13.6
4
Shamsi to Kohli, FOUR, smeared away through the covers. This was overpitched outside off and Kohli was not going to miss out. Brilliant timing
13.5
0
Shamsi to Kohli, no run, 74kph, flighted googly which turns away from leg, Kohli picked it. He must have seen a lot of Shamsi in the BLR nets. Defends it back
13.4
0
Shamsi to Kohli, no run, short mid-wicket dives across and prevents Kohli from pinching a single to long-on
13.3
0
Shamsi to Kohli, no run, pushed through the air on off, 90kph, Kohli punches to short mid-wicket
13.2
1
Shamsi to Dhawan, 1 run, flat ball on off, punched through to long-off
13.1
4
Shamsi to Dhawan, FOUR, loopy full ball on leg, ends up as a low full toss and is swept away over backward square. India motoring towards the target
12.6
1
Tahir to Dhawan, 1 run, Dhawan picks the googly and defends through point
12.5
0
Tahir to Dhawan, no run, turning in on middle and leg, Dhawan clips it to square leg
12.4
1
Tahir to Kohli, 1 run, googly which is short in length, Kohli tucks it through mid-wicket
12.3
0
Tahir to Kohli, no run, crowd catch this. It probably fooled even a South African fielder or two. Overpitched from Tahir, Kohli with his trademark whippy drive. Finds short cover
12.2
1
Tahir to Dhawan, 1 run, shortish delivery outside off, slapped to sweeper cover
12.1
1
Tahir to Kohli, 1 run, floated up at the stumps, pushed to long-off
11.6
0
Shamsi to Dhawan, no run, finishes the over well with a good length leg-break on off, Dhawan defends forward
11.5
4
Shamsi to Dhawan, FOUR, he drops it short again outside off and is pulled away through mid-wicket. Two poor deliveries after I found him to be in good rhythm
11.4
4
Shamsi to Dhawan, FOUR, he was down on his back knee for a premeditated sweep, saw that the ball was a trifle short outside off and improvised with a cut. It goes right through Morne at backward point. Clumsy effort
11.3
0
Shamsi to Dhawan, no run, 90kph, lands it on a length and turns it away from off, Dhawan steers to backward point. Seems to be in good rhythm
11.2
1
Shamsi to Kohli, 1 run, pretty well bowled, catching Kohli in the crease with a ball turning in on middle. He's able to clip it away through mid-wicket
11.1
0
Shamsi to Kohli, no run, turning in on leg, flicked to short mid-wicket

Tabraiz Shamsi, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack

10.6
0
Tahir to Dhawan, no run, dabs it to backward point. The idea was to go much finer, but he couldn't execute it the way he wanted. Maybe the ball wasn't quick enough
10.5
4
Tahir to Dhawan, FOUR, his eyes lit up after he picked the length. It was short, Dhawan was back in a flash and he absolutely smashed the pull through mid-wicket
10.4
1
Tahir to Kohli, 1 run, stays back in the crease and punches it to long-on
10.3
1
Tahir to Dhawan, 1 run, clipped away off the pads through square leg
10.2
0
Tahir to Dhawan, no run, disappointed at missing out, is Dhawan. This googly was short, it was wide, and he cut it straight to backward point
10.1
1
Tahir to Kohli, 1 run, flighted ball on off, 82kph, Kohli drills it to long-off

Imran Tahir, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

9.6
0
Rabada to Dhawan, no run, short ball angled in from round the wicket, Dhawan fends it right into the pocket behind the flap of his pad. Asks the umpire's permission before tossing it to a fielder
9.5
1
Rabada to Kohli, 1 run, not very confident with his feet against this full one outside off at 140kph, squirts it off a thick edge through point
9.4
0
Rabada to Kohli, no run, 148kph, low full toss around off, Kohli squeezes it out to mid-off
9.3
0
Rabada to Kohli, no run, short of length delivery on off, blocked
9.2
1
Rabada to Dhawan, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, glided to a very square third man
9.1
0
Rabada to Dhawan, no run, walks across to the off-side and fends off this short of length delivery
8.6
4
Chris Morris to Kohli, FOUR, up and over backward point, very deliberate! 141kph, short of length delivery outside off, Kohli uses the pace and upper-cuts it to the fence. Lovely batting
8.5
0
Chris Morris to Kohli, no run, short of length on off, blocked back
8.4
2
Chris Morris to Kohli, 2 runs, pitched up on off, push-driven to the right of mid-off who's fairly wide. It was only a gentle push by Kohli, so it won't go the distance
8.3
0
Chris Morris to Kohli, no run, full ball outside off, Kohli leans across and drives to short cover
8.2
0
Chris Morris to Kohli, no run, short of length delivery on off, doesn't get too high and hits Kohli on the thigh pad as he's late on the clip
8.1
1
Chris Morris to Dhawan, 1 run, short of length on leg, pulled down to fine leg
7.6
6
Rabada to Kohli, SIX, oh take that! Rabada with his third successive short ball, and this time Kohli gets a right hold of it. He swivels across and smacks it over fine leg. Shot!
7.5
0
Rabada to Kohli, no run, this one's hit Kohli around the ribs, knocking the air out of his lungs. He slumps his shoulders gasping. Good thing it was only a glancing blow - off a thick under-edge - as he took on the short ball once more
7.4
0
Rabada to Kohli, no run, fiery bouncer from Rabada at 140kph, gets the ball to hurry over Kohli's attempted hook shot. Slips in a word or two to the Indian skipper
7.3
0
Rabada to Kohli, no run, short of length delivery just outside off, fended back down the pitch
7.2
0
Rabada to Kohli, no run, nicely forward to punch this full ball to mid-off
7.1
0
Rabada to Kohli, no run, fullish delivery angled in towards off, Kohli pushes it back to Rabada
6.6
4
Chris Morris to Dhawan, FOUR, the length draws Dhawan forward this time, it finds his outside edge too but the ball dies immediately and sneaks past gully for four. This is like a Test field from South Africa, so there's no third man
6.5
0
Chris Morris to Dhawan, no run, back of a length delivery close to off, 137kph, he's found a good spot on the pitch. Dhawan steers it to gully
6.4
0
Chris Morris to Dhawan, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, left alone
6.3
0
Chris Morris to Dhawan, no run, back of a length delivery on off, Dhawan chops it late past off-stump
6.2
0
Chris Morris to Dhawan, no run, back of a length delivery on middle, cramps Dhawan up and hits him on the back thigh after skidding through his attempted clip
6.1
0
Chris Morris to Dhawan, no run, it was too close to cut there, even for Dhawan who bases his game on staying leg-side of the ball. Fails to make contact
5.6
1
Rabada to Dhawan, 1 run, very full ball, pushed back to the bowler, who mocks a throw at the batsman and in the process fails to gather it cleanly. Parried to the left of mid-off, who can't stop with a dive. The mid-on fielder runs across and mops it up
5.5
0
Rabada to Dhawan, no run, good bouncer! Gets it to rise above the shoulder. Dhawan hops and awkwardly fends it on the leg-side
5.4
1
Rabada to Kohli, 1 run, straying on middle and leg, Kohli walks across to help it along its way to fine leg
5.3
0
Rabada to Kohli, no run, angles in a good length ball on the stumps, bunted to mid-on
5.2
1
Rabada to Dhawan, 1 run, the line is too straight now, tucked around the corner
5.1
4
Rabada to Dhawan, FOUR, glorious shot! There's not much of footwork there, but the timing is spot on. It was angled away outside off from a fullish length, Dhawan stood tall and drove it superbly between mid-off and extra cover
4.6
2
Chris Morris to Kohli, 2 runs, back of a length delivery outside off, Kohli rides the bounce and steers it through backward point. Tahir sprints across to his left, slides across and manages to stop it from going past the boundary rope. Saved two there
4.5
1
Chris Morris to Dhawan, 1 run, short ball on leg, pulled to long leg
4.4
1
Chris Morris to Kohli, 1 run, comes on the front foot, pats it to mid-off and hares to the other end to get off the mark. The fielder fails to gather it cleanly
4.3
0
Chris Morris to Kohli, no run, comes in with the angle at 138kph from a short of length, Kohli knows where his off-pole is. Another leave
4.3
1
Chris Morris to Kohli, wide, sprays this too wide outside off
4.2
0
Chris Morris to Kohli, no run, another one in the teasing line outside off, Kohli is happy to let it go
4.1
0
Chris Morris to Kohli, no run, 135kph back of a length delivery outside off, left alone

Chris Morris, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

3.6
0
Rabada to Dhawan, no run, a full toss swinging down leg, Dhawan misses the flick/tickle and the ball brushes his trouser. Quinton de Kock dives full length to his right and saves four runs

Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.5
0
Rabada to Rohit, out Caught by Morne Morkel!! South Africa have a breakthrough. Rabada gets his man and gives Rohit a mini send-off. It was banged in short by Rabada and Rohit wasn't in the greatest of positions to play the pull shot. He was cramped for room, but still persisted with the shot. Got it off the top portion of the bat and the ball went towards fine leg. Morne Morkel comes forward to complete a good low catch. Rohit c Morne Morkel b Rabada 15(17) [4s-2 6s-1]

Rabada to Rohit, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.4
4
Rabada to Rohit, FOUR, deft! Short and just outside off, Rohit arches his back and elevates it over the cordon. Nicely ramped. There's no third man
3.3
0
Rabada to Rohit, no run, fences a length ball to backward point
3.2
4
Rabada to Rohit, FOUR, too straight and that's been put away. Closes the bat-face and works it in front of square on the leg-side. Didn't over-hit, just relied on timing. The deep square leg fielder can't cut it off
3.1
0
Rabada to Rohit, no run, straight bat on offer to tap a length ball to mid-off
2.6
0
Morne Morkel to Dhawan, no run, push-drives a good length ball to mid-off off the front foot
2.5
0
Morne Morkel to Dhawan, no run, very full ball on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler
2.4
4
Morne Morkel to Dhawan, FOUR, four more! Another shot played in the air and once again, Dhawan gets the placement drive. Half-volley outside off, Dhawan throws his bat at it and crashes it wide of Miller at cover. Races away
2.4
1
Morne Morkel to Dhawan, wide, slips this down the leg-side
2.3
4
Morne Morkel to Dhawan, FOUR, Dhawan is underway with a boundary. Fullish ball, with width on offer, Dhawan bends his back knee and slaps it through cover-point. In the air, but in the gap
2.2
0
Morne Morkel to Dhawan, no run, what was that from SD? An away-angler outside off and h looks to drive on the up. Beaten on the outside edge. The feet were cemented
2.1
0
Morne Morkel to Dhawan, no run, defends a length ball towards mid-on
1.6
0
Rabada to Rohit, no run, pitched up delivery, Rohit drives it to mid-on
1.5
0
Rabada to Rohit, no run, short of length delivery, tucked to mid-wicket
1.4
0
Rabada to Rohit, no run. Rohit is given out, caught-behind and Rabada is pumped up. Oh, wait. Rohit reviews. Fair delivery. There was definitely a noise. Was it bat hitting the pad? Definitely, bat hits the pad. Here comes the UltraEdge. Ah! This is very close. Very tough for the TV umpire. There's a spike as the ball passes by the bat. The onfield call has been overturned. NOT OUT! Good review from Rohit Sharma. That was tantalizingly close to outside edge. But, the question is, was there conclusive evidence to overturn the onfield call? Rohit pushed at at a good length delivery with limited feet movement. The ball seamed away slightly and missed the nick
1.3
0
Rabada to Rohit, no run, gets a bit of away shape does Rabada on this good length ball. Rohit covers his sticks, watches the ball closely and shoulders arms
1.2
0
Rabada to Rohit, no run, Rohit walks forward and solidly blocks a length ball to mid-off
1.2
1
Rabada to Rohit, wide, back of a length delivery, drifting down the leg-side. Second wide of the innings

Two slips for KG as well

1.1
0
Rabada to Rohit, no run, in-angler from a good length at 137kph, Rohit watchfully defends it to backward point

Kagiso Rabada, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

0.6
1
Morne Morkel to Rohit, 1 run, eight off the opening over! Rohit knocks this fuller length ball to the right of mid-on for a single
0.5
0
Morne Morkel to Rohit, no run, good ball! Angling in on a good length, Rohit gets a soft leading edge towards the off-side trying to work it through the leg-side
0.4
0
Morne Morkel to Rohit, no run, Morkel follows it up with a yorker length ball, dug out
0.3
6
Morne Morkel to Rohit, SIX, wow! What a glorious shot to get off the mark. A six over deep mid-wicket. Morkel bangs one short and Rohit has no problems in dealing with that. He comes half-forward and clouts the pull well in front of square on the leg-side
0.2
0
Morne Morkel to Rohit, no run, back of a length delivery angling in on off, Rohit defends with a straight bat
0.2
1
Morne Morkel to Rohit, wide, errs in line slightly as he slips this length ball down the leg-side
0.1
0
Morne Morkel to Rohit, no run, good carry through to the keeper as Rohit lets go this pacy back of a length delivery outside off

Rohit and Dhawan are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Morne Morkel will open the attack