Team India defeated South Africa in the second One-Day International (ODI) to level the ongoing three-match series at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Sunday.
Chasing the target of 279, the hosts were in a spot of bother, losing both their openers for just 48 in 8.5 overs. Before the visitors could capitalize further, Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer steadied the innings and took the game away from the rainbow nation.
The pair went on to form a dominating partnership of 161 runs for the third wicket to guide India to a memorable victory. Kishan fell only seven runs short of what could be his maiden ODI century, while Iyer remained unbeaten at 113 off 111 deliveries with the help of 15 boundaries as the home team won the contest by seven wickets.
Earlier, half-centuries from Aiden Markram (79) and Reeza Hendricks (74) propelled South Africa to a competitive score. The duo formed a crucial partnership of 129 runs for the third wicket to put the visitors on the right track of posting a massive total.
Though, the Indian bowling unit led by Mohammed Siraj came back and put the brakes in the death overs, restricting South Africa to 278/7. Siraj picked up three wickets for 38 in his quota of 10 overs, including a maiden.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Series leveled 1️⃣-1️⃣ 👏🏻👏🏻
A magnificent run-chase by #TeamIndia against South Africa to register a victory by 7️⃣ wickets in Ranchi! 🙌🏻
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 2022
— ICC (@ICC) October 9, 2022
— ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) October 9, 2022
Big boys missing.
Team in trouble.
Chasing a big total.
On a tricky pitch.
Against a quality SA attack.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) October 9, 2022
That was a terrific partnership between Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) October 9, 2022
“Main kyun No bolu main toh ShreYAS hoon”
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 9, 2022
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) October 9, 2022
Brilliant come back by team india. Top top batting from Shreyas Iyer. Match winning 💯 👏 #INDvSA
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 9, 2022
A knock to remember, against a bowling unit of Rabada, Nortje, Maharaj, chasing 279 runs with series on line, India we’re 48 for 2 in the 9th over then Shreyas Iyer smashed 113* runs from 111 balls.
Take a bow, Shreyas. pic.twitter.com/aQpn1S9Wyy
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 9, 2022
🚨 RESULT | INDIA WIN BY 7 WICKETS
— Proteas Men (@ProteasMenCSA) October 9, 2022
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) October 9, 2022
That’s how you hit back 🥊
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) October 9, 2022
Shreyas Iyer is only the 2nd Indian batter after Virat Kohli to score multiple 100s at number 4 in ODIs in the last 10 years.
Also, this is the first time since 2011 that multiple individual 100s have been scored by Indian number 4 batters in ODIs (6 were scored in 2011).
— Naman Agarwal (@CoverDrivenFor4) October 9, 2022
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