It was the day for celebration for Indian cricket fans in South Africa and beyond as both women’s and men’s cricket team won against their South African counterparts on Wednesday. What is interesting is the similarities between the two wins. In the Indian men’s faction, the top order batsman (Virat Kohli) scored a century and the wrist spinners took away the match with their impressive and unplayable deliveries. Something similar happened in the women’s team where Smriti Mandhana scored a beautiful 135 while leggie Poonam Yadav fell one wicket short of completing her 5-wicket haul. Although the batsmen had gathered al the praise from experts and fans for their breathtaking innings, the wrist-spinners had played an important role to help their respective teams win.
Cricket statistician Mohandas Menon took to Twitter and said,”Yesterday Indian wrist spinners in South Africa…. Poonam Yadav 7.5-1-24-4 @ Kimberly Yuzvendra Chahal 9-0-46-4 @ Cape Town Kuldeep Yadav 9-1-23-4 @ Cape Town.” Indian women’s team is currently on tour of South Africa for a three-match ODI and five-match T20I. In the ongoing ODI series, Mithali Raj & Co are 2-0 up and will be eyeing for a whitewash.
Yesterday Indian wrist spinners in South Africa….
Poonam Yadav 7.5-1-24-4 @ Kimberly
Yuzvendra Chahal 9-0-46-4 @ Cape Town
Kuldeep Yadav 9-1-23-4 @ Cape Town#SAvIND
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 8, 2018
Mandhana scored her maiden ODI hundred in South Africa as India posted a mammoth 302/3 off their 50 overs in the second ODI at Kimberley. Apart from Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy also contributed to the big total with their fifties. While Harmanpreet stuck around and scored a gritty 55 off 69 deliveries, Veda came on the pitch and attacked hard to score 51 off just 33 balls. Poonam’s four-wicket haul, along with two wickets each from Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma meant South Africa were bundled out for a paltry 124.
Meanwhile, talking about Men In Blue, one can fall short of words to describe their performance against South Africa in Durban, Centurion and Cape Town. In all three matches, the Wanderers looked nothing more than amateurs who had just picked up the bat. Call it Virat Kohli’s impressive tons twice or the leg-spin duo of Chahal and Yadav, South Africa have failed to find a solution to the ‘Three Indian Musketeers’. What adds to their misery is the long list of injuries.
It includes Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers. India now lead 3-0 and are on a winning streak of four matches. The action shifts to New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. The fourth ODI will be played on February 10, and if India’s win the match, they will be ranked number one in the ICC ODI rankings.