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India Marks Magnificent Victory By Thrashing South Africa In 2nd ODI By 9 Wickets

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| February 4 , 2018 , 19:20 IST

After beating South Africa in the first ODI, men in blue once again proved their Mattel in the limited over format by winning the 2nd match of the series in Centurion by 9 wickets. Both the Indian bowling and batting line-up performed remarkably well to beat the hosts.

Post winning the toss, India elected to bowl, allowing the South African team to test their batting skills on the difficult field. With Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers out of the team, India's rivals were having a hard time in establishing their dominance throughout the first innings.

Under the leadership of inexperienced Aiden Markram, Proteas came to the field and were bowled out for 118 runs in 32.2 overs. The unexpected bounce in the field did halt the Indian spinners from taking early wickets but they soon overcame all hardships.

Opening batsmen Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla were having a smooth sail unless Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed the later for 23 leaving South Africa at 39/1 in 9.4 overs. His partner soon followed the lead for 20, followed by the stand-in captain Aiden Markram (8).

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Kuldeep Yadav victimised David Miller in the 14th over but JP Duminy's double fours off Hardik Pandya's bowls soothed their pain to some extent. Debutant Khaya Zondo then departed of Chahal's bowl followed by Duminy, both out for 25. Yadav then sent Kagiso Rabada packing for 1.

Taking his wicket score to four, Yuzvendra Chahal bowled Morne Morkel for 1 with South Africa at 117/8 in 30.3 overs. Bumrah took his first wicket and removed Imran Tahir off the field and Bhuvi also opened his account Hashim Amla which, unfortunately, was the end of South Africa's innings with all batsmen collapsed.

With the target of 119 runs, India started their ballistic innings as opener Rohit Sharma threw a six off Morne Morkel's ball. However, the aggressive batsman was soon sent packing by Kagiso Rabada leaving India at  26/1 in 4 overs. His partner Shikhar Dhawan though stood his ground and was joined by skipper himself.

As the magical pairing took over the field, none of the South African pacers was able to break their partnership. With Kohli's unbeaten 44 and Dhawan 51, India claimed a 2-0 lead in the 6-match ODI series against South Africa within 20.2 overs.