1. India vs South Africa Highlights, 2nd ODI Centurion, Ind vs SA: Virat Kohli’s men beat SA by 9 wickets

India vs South Africa Highlights, 2nd ODI Centurion, Ind vs SA: Virat Kohli’s men beat SA by 9 wickets

India vs South Africa Cricket Score 2nd ODI Centurion: A spirited India will take advantage of South Africa's injury woes as both their star players- captain Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers- will be absent.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: February 4, 2018 6:20 PM
India vs South Africa Cricket Score: SA lose by 9 wickets.

India vs South Africa Cricket Score 2nd ODI Centurion: A spirited India will take advantage of South Africa’s injury woes as both their star players- captain Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers- will be absent. The Men in Blue would be riding high on confidence after their impressive win in Durban. The defeat ended the Wanderers 17-match unbeaten run on their home soil. The last time they lost was in February 2016, when they had lost to England at Port Elizabeth. The bad news for South Africa does not end here. The hosts will lose their top spot in the ODI rankings should India win at Centurion. For India to permanently sit in the No 1 position they will need to win the series 4-2.

The pitch report: The highlights that the average score has been in the 250-mark over the last five day games. “The pace is lacking,” says Neil McKenzie. “That’s because the sheen is not there.” Could well be the reason why South Africa have opted for two spinners, in addition to JP Duminy’s part-time offies. “It’ll be a good pitch,” says Mike Haysman

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Here are India vs South Africa Cricket Score Updates 2nd ODI:

17:18 pm: India is cruising towards an impressive win.

16:36 pm: It is only fair to make your spinners bowl pretty early in the innings if you are defending a very small score. If the fast bowlers gift so many boundaries then the spinners wont have the freedom to flight the ball if they have only 50 odd runs to defend. Especially wrist spinners and South Africa have 2 of them.

16:06 pm: Rabada to Sharma, no run, given caught behind but Rohit has reviewed immediately. Regardless, this is a good ball. Pitches it up outside off, gets it to slant away off the pitch, draws Rohit into prod and it appears the bat strikes pad just as the ball passes it as well. Ultra-Edge will clear this up. Actually no, it is perfectly simultaneous Bat hits pad just as ball passes the edge – textbook example of no conclusive evidence – and yet the third umpire bucks the trend and overrules the on-field call

 15:41 pm: Bumrah to Imran Tahir, OUT, knocks the off stump over. Tahir’s plans of staying away from the ball at high pace would always have led to this. It was simply a matter of time for Bumrah to get his radar right.

15:37 pm: Chahal to Morkel, OUT, might be the textbook definition of a plumb lbw, but the way Morkel is walking off it looks like he’s had a hundred stolen from him. A wrong ‘un, pitching on middle, the tailender doesn’t pick it and plays against the turn. It straightens off the pitch, sneaks under the bat, and mercilessly traps him.

15:27 pm: Chahal to Duminy, OUTlbw in front of middle! Duminy goes for the sweep, hitting across the line, for at best a run or two. The ball dips on him ever so wonderfully, it also drifts in such a way that it starts on leg stump, but pitches on middle. Would have straightened to topple it too. Duminy wants a review but South Africa have none left.

15:08 pm: If India need to be a leading team in ODIs they will need to be ruthless. When a team is down they need to ensure they stay down and not give them opportunities to get up. Not sure what the plan is but by bowling Pandya the pressure is being released.

15:00 pm: Kedar Jadhav, the right-arm submarine.

14:57 pm: Lowest total at Centurion by SA – 129 vs Australia in 2011. Lowest total that India bowled a team out at Centurion, New Zealand – 146 in 2003. — We’re probably not there yet

14:49 pm: I do not understand why has Kohli chose to bring Pandya back knowing that SA find it difficult to play the spinner and not the seamers.

14:47 pm: The contrarian– as SA I should be happy it is happening now and not in the WC which has usually been their history! Take stock and be more prepared come to the WC – though I don’t know why they can change.

14:30 pm: India have undoubtedly been the number one ODI side for 7 years now. They’ve reached the finals of the last 4 major ODI tournaments (CT and WC) winning two of them. The one weakness they had in the recent past was their bowling, constantly conceding 300+ runs, but now with Bhuvi, Bumrah and the spin twins Chahal and Yadav, India look formidable. Surely the end for Ashwin and Jadeja in limited overs now.

14:40 pm:

14:37 pm: Is this too early to say that Ashwin and Jaddu should announce their retirement from the shorter formats?

14:33 pm: The last six balls of wristspin has produced three wickets, a false stroke and no runs. And now in walks the debutant, Khaya Zondo.

14:31 pm:

14:20 pm: And so it happens. Kuldeep Yadav and Chahl strikes. SA in trouble

14:19pm: Knowing SA’s vunerability to spin at the moment, better to change Pandya with Kuldeep quickly and have spin from both ends.

14:17 pm: Amla, AB and Faf are the best players of spin in this team (remember the Delhi blockathon). While the latter two are not playing this game, the mighty Hash has got out without facing a ball of spin in both games. As senior statesmen, like was Faf did the other night, Amla must have been there to face the spinners

14:12 pm: Dont think there is anything wrong in the pitch. It is an ODI pitch you get all over the world including in SA. Just that good bowling team make all pitches seem difficult for batting and India is doing just that. — Never said there is anything wrong with it. Merely that the batsmen are taking ages to get used to its lack of pace.

14:10 pm: Hashim Amla is caught behind. Bhuvneshwar Kumar sends the Proteas batsman back to pavillion.

14:05 pm: However, the Indian batsman to have the best partnership at Centurion is between Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni. Both of them have a partnership of 172 runs which they stitched back in 2010.

14:02 pm: Interesting fact for my readers. The highest patnershil between India and South Africa is of 189 runs between H Gibbs and  back in 2001 at Bloemfontein.

14:00 pm: While the Men’s team is putting in work in Centurion, the @Momentum_za Proteas team is doing likewise in Kimberly ahead of the 1st ODI game with India’s women’s team tomorrow at the Diamond Oval pic.twitter.com/Sf2gaBwH9Q13:58 pm:

13:55 pm:Kumar to Amla, FOUR runs, past slip! It is agonisingly close to Rohit Sharma diving to his right and sticking out a hand, but Amla has hit the ball hard enough to beat him even with an outside edge

13:50 pm: For the perspective of an Indina fan from the 90s, it is so cathartic to see an opposition batsman hop, skip and struggle to handle the pace/bounce from one of our fast bowlers. Oh, how the world changes!

13:45 pm:

13:42 pm: Kumar to Amla, no run, kicks up again, even as Amla sets up for that punch off the back foot, perhaps a little straighter though cover this time. But Bhuvi gets a little extra on this short ball.

13:40 pm: With both Faf and ABD out of this match ..the whole responsibility of getting SA going lies with Hashim Amla.. won’t be surprised if the captaincy might boost Aiden’s confidence ” — Well, Amla’s got five ODI hundreds at this ground and averages 70-plus

13:38 pm: I think Shamsi is a good pick up in this match for SA. I have seen him bowling in CPL and his unusual wicket taking celebration by taking of his boot and calling from it.

13:35 pm: Kumar to Amla, FOUR runs, outstanding shot! Stands up tall, presents a vertical bat, angles it at the last second to find the gap between point and cover. Amla at his most resplendent.

13:30 pm: It’s nearly time for the first ball. The players are already out in the middle, under a spectacularly blue sky. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock are out there, geared up and ready to go. South Africa were 40 short in Durban. Have they figured out a way to rectify that?

13:27 pm: Dhoni Maniac: Good to see a settled batting line up for India after a long time after Rahane’s solid innings at No: 4 last match. Dhoni at 5 and Kedar at 6 followed by Pandya will be perfect with Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli at the top. Bowling looks settled too.

13:25 pm: This SA XI makes me wonder if SA are trying to copy India man-for-man. LH-RH opening combination, one leggie, one chinaman, two pacers, one spin-bowling allrounder… The similarities are too many — Imitation is the best form of flattery?

13:21 pm: South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram (capt), JP Duminy, David Miller, Khaya Zondo,  Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Tabraiz Shamsi, Imran Tahir

13:18 pm India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar, Virat Kohli (capt),  Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal

13:15 pm:

12:32 am:

11:55 am:

11:52 am: Faf du Plessis has been ruled out of the ODI series and Aiden Markram has been named the captain of the Proteas.

11:42 am: Hello and welcome to the India vs South Africa 2nd ODI live commentary and updates.

 

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