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SA vs IND 2018, 2nd ODI: Twitter Goes Berserk as India Beats Proteas in Centurion by 9 Wickets

Virat Kohli Shikhar Dhawan
India beat South Africa by 9 wickets in the second ODI in Centurion.

The second One-Day International between South Africa and India in Centurion turned out to be a no contest as the visitors thrashed the beleaguered hosts  by nine wickets to go two nil up in the six-match series.

India began their pursuit of a modest 119 on a shaky manner with opening batsman Rohit Sharma’s poor form in South Africa extending by another match. The right-handed batsman hit two fours and a six to race away to 15 before perishing to a Kagiso Rabada bouncer. But before the hosts could make further inroads in the game, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli steadied the ship and took India home by sharing an unbeaten stand of 94 runs.

An interesting incident happened when India were just two runs short of the win. The on-field umpires bizarrely called lunch and the game had to be halted for 45 minutes.  India then completed the proceedings in the second over after the game resumed.

Earlier, Yuzvendra Chahal’s maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs and Kuldeep Yadav’s three-fer had helped India bowl out the Proteas for a modest 118 inside 33 overs.

South Africa openers – Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla – made a cautious start to the innings adding 39 runs off 58 balls before Bhuvneshwar Kumar had Amla edge one behind the stumps. And just a run after the hosts crossed the fifty-run mark, India firmly took command of the proceedings by taking three quick wickets to leave South Africa reeling at 51 for 4 from 51 for 1.

It was Chahal who opened the floodgates by dismissing de Kock before Kuldeep Yadav sent back stand-in skipper Aiden Markram and David Miller in space of five balls. Khaya Zondo and JP Duminy then steadied the stuttering innings.

The duo were fighting out of their skin to keep the scoreboard ticking. However, just when it looked the batsmen have settled down, Chahal pushed the Proteas on backfoot by dismissing both of them in quick succession. The lower-order could not do much as the hosts were bundled up for just 118.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:

 

 

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