India produced yet another dominant display to go 2-0 up in the 6 match series. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav were the chief architects in constructing this grand win, with 177 balls and 9 wickets to spare.
South Africa made two changes in the form of Khaya Zondo and Tabraiz Shamsi, replacing Phehlukwayo and captain du Plessis. Aiden Markram was made the captain, who became the 2nd youngest captain of South Africa after Greame Smith. India went in with an unchanged side.
After electing to field on a typical sub-continental type pitch in Centurion, India made all the right moves from the word go. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah hardly gave width to the batsmen, and runs were hard to come by in the opening 10 overs.
With just 39 on the board, Amla nicked one to Dhoni and after that, the spin twins took centre stage. They bowled a tight line and length and made life difficult for the batsmen. More than the good bowling from India, rash shots and soft dismissals cost South Africa the game. 3 wickets fell when the score was 51.
Thereafter, there was not a tale of comeback inspite of the resilience shown by Duminy and debutante Zondo.
14.2-1-42-8. This combined spell of Chahal and Yadav has more to it than just the numbers. They were not afraid to toss the ball up even if the batsman was imposing.
They hit the balls consistently in good areas, and posed serious threats. Especially, Chahal was more effective, troubling the batsmen with his flight.
He got de Kock with a short delivery and rest of the batsmen fell like 9 pins. Kuldeep, on the other hand was equally effective, creating doubts in the batsman’s minds.
Bhuvaneshwar’s catch to dismiss Markram of Yadav clearly stated what India were lacking in the test series. Fielding was the backbone in India winning comfortably. When tight bowling came hand in hand with fielding, wickets fell in a heap. Their ground fielding was particularly excellent in this match.
Constant pressure from all the ends caused the downfall of South Africa and it was dismissed for a paltry 118, its lowest total in home against any opposition.
India made small work of this target, losing only Rohit Sharma in the process. Dhawan and Kohli batted sensibly to take India over the finishing line. There was a small drama when the lunch break came, with India requiring just 2 runs. But that’s how this game is played. South Africa will have to hope for an inspired performance if it has to turn the tables around.