South Africa defeated India in the second ODI by seven wickets at Boland Park in Paarl to clinch the series on Friday.
Batting first, India posted 287/6 in their allotted 50 overs, thanks to splendid knocks by Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul. The star wicketkeeper-batter smashed 85 from 71 deliveries with the help of 12 boundaries, including a couple of sixes.
The Indian captain also shined with the bat, scoring 55 off 79 balls with the help of four boundaries. Apart from Rahul and Pant, Shardul Thakur (40 no), Ravichandran Ashwin (25) and Venkatesh Iyer (22) made crucial contributions down the order to help the tourists reach a competitive total.
In response, the Proteas chased down the target in 48.1 overs. Openers Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock took Indian bowlers to the cleaners and took the game away with a dominating partnership.
Malan and De Kock formed a match-winning stand of 132 runs for the opening wicket before Thakur broke the partnership by removing the Proteas wicketkeeper for 78 off 66 balls.
However, Malan kept on scoring runs and didn’t allow India to capitalise. He stitched a crucial 80-run stand for the second wicket with captain Temba Bavuma (35) before getting out for a well-made 91 from 108 deliveries.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
🚨 RESULT | #PROTEAS WON BY 7 WICKETS
An innings anchored by the opening pair of de Kock (78) and Malan (91) see the #Proteas over the line to claim victory in the Second Betway ODI and secure a series win over India🙌 #SAvIND #BePartOfIt #BetwayODISeries | @Betway_India pic.twitter.com/RM5fo383gv
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 21, 2022
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) January 21, 2022
— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) January 21, 2022
India men losing more than 2 out of 4 consecutive away ODI tours… this is happening for the first time since 1997.
0-2 v South Africa (so far)
1-2 v Australia
0-3 v New Zealand#SAvIND
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) January 21, 2022
Bowled better. Batted better. Well, India might have fielded/caught better but it didn’t matter in the end. 0-2. #SAvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 21, 2022
That’s that from the 2nd ODI.
South Africa win by 7 wickets and take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three match series.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 21, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) January 21, 2022
🇿🇦 win by 7️⃣ wickets.
A spectacular partnership between Malan and de Kock set the foundation and ensured the home side didn’t face many hiccups in the chase.
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) January 21, 2022
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) January 21, 2022
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