SA vs IND 2nd ODI: In-Depth Analysis and Key Moments

SA vs IND 2nd ODI South Africa level clinical series with a commanding victory

On Tuesday, December 19, at St George’s Park, South Africa defeated India by eight wickets in the second One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series, effectively reversing the roles in the series with one match remaining. The victory’s standout moment was Tony de Zorzi’s first century, which was largely the result of a team effort between Nandre Burger (3/30) and Beuran Hendricks (2/34).

With the ball swinging and seaming in the opening ten overs, the South African openers were put to the test as they attempted to chase a lowly goal of 212. It was one of those days when India’s bowlers could only beat the bat and not find the edge, but the inconsistent bounce made things even more difficult. The hosts might have lost a lot of early wickets, as they did in the first game of the series, but Arshdeep Singh in particular turned it up with the new ball. But de Zorzi and Hendricks held their ground through the storm and, once through, quickly exhausted the pursuit

Similar to the Wanderers ODI, de Zorzi was the one going after the ball as his partner effectively played second foil. It was also the case that Hendricks was unable to match the left-hander’s blistering fastball pitches in terms of tempo. De Zorzi’s strokeplay had a general refinement as he sucked the wind out of India’s bowling, and there were enough shots that fell into the category of “left-hander’s elegance.” The southpaw was nervous only when he was getting close to his first ODI tonne, but he made sure to arrive and stay till the very end to see things through.

When India batted first, Ruturaj Gaikwad was out of the game after only the second delivery when he was leg before wicket to a quick inswinger from Burger. In his new-ball spell, the left-arm pacer proved to be too hot to handle, dismissing a struggling Tilak Varma in the process. However, India gradually managed to gather some momentum in their innings thanks to a solid 68-run partnership between captain KL Rahul and opener Sai Sudharsan. Much against the flow of play, Lizaad Williams took out the left-hander just as the pair was beginning to change gears. It was a crushing blow as the innings quickly started to lose steam.

As the Indian innings began to implode, Hendricks and Burger made greater inroads in their second spells. Burger’s skill was evident when Hendricks got Sanju Samson to chop one onto the stumps, while a well-positioned Rahul was beaten. Rinku Singh got off to a fast start on his debut, but Keshav Maharaj’s cunning caught him off guard. Without Arshdeep Singh’s cameo, the innings collapsed altogether, and the total would not have reached 200 runs. Even though the conditions slightly improved in the second half, the visitors were ultimately at least 40–50 runs shy of a competitive total, meaning India needed to score at least 275–280 to create a game out of this.

Full Score Card

India  (50 ovs. maximum)

BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Ruturaj Gaikwad lbw b Burger42210200.00
Sai Sudharsan c Klaasen b Williams62831127174.69
Tilak Varma c BE Hendricks; b Burger1030480033.33
KL Rahul (c)c Miller b Burger5664957087.50
Sanju Samson †BE Hendricks1223201052.17
Rinku Singh st Klaasen b Maharaj17141921121.42
Axar Patel c sub (K Verreynne) b Markram723300030.43
Kuldeep Yadav c BE Hendricks; b Maharaj1590020.00
Arshdeep Singh Miller, BE Hendricks18172411105.88
Avesh Khan run out (Mulder)991801100.00
Mukesh Kumar not out4991044.44
Extras(nb 1, w 10)11
TOTAL46.2 Ov (RR: 4.55)211
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Ruturaj Gaikwad, 0.2 ov), 2-46 (Tilak Varma, 11.1 ov), 3-114 (Sai Sudharsan, 26.2 ov), 4-136 (Sanju Samson, 31.6 ov), 5-167 (KL Rahul, 35.4 ov), 6-169 (Rinku Singh, 36.4 ov), 7-172 (Kuldeep Yadav, 38.4 ov), 8-186 (Axar Patel, 42.4 ov), 9-204 (Arshdeep Singh, 44.3 ov), 10-211 (Avesh Khan, 46.2 ov) • DRS
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Nandre Burger1003033.00463040
Lizaad Williams914915.44325121
Beuran Hendricks9.213423.64405010
Wiaan Mulder401904.75112000
Keshav Maharaj1005125.10323220
Aiden Markram402817.0092110
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South Africa  (T: 212 runs from 50 ovs.)

BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Reeza Hendricks Mukesh Kumar and Arshdeep Singh52811167064.19
Tony de Zorzi not out1191221729697.54
Rassie van der Dussen c †Samson b Singh3651505070.58
Aiden Markram (c)not out22300100.00
Extras(nb 1, w 5)6
TOTAL42.3 Ov (RR: 5.05)215/2
Did not bat: Heinrich Klaasen †, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Nandre Burger, Lizaad Williams, Beuran Hendricks 
Fall of wickets: 1-130 (Reeza Hendricks, 27.5 ov), 2-206 (Rassie van der Dussen, 41.3 ov) • DRS
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Mukesh Kumar824605.75328101
Arshdeep Singh802813.50343020
Avesh Khan804305.37265020
Axar Patel602203.66171000
Kuldeep Yadav804806.00243300
Tilak Varma301806.0091100
Rinku Singh10212.0040000
Sai Sudharsan0.308016.0010110
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