Temba Bavuma-led South Africa National Cricket Team won the second ODI of the three-match ODI series against KL Rahul-led India National Cricket Team by 7 wickets at the Boland Park, Paarl on Friday, January 21.
India won the toss and elected to bat first, the decision turned out to be a decent one for the side as openers had a half-century partnership. Also, captain KL Rahul and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant had a 115-run stand that helped India post 287 runs on the board.
Chasing the target, Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan added 132 runs. After that, captain Temba Bavuma and Janneman Malan added 80 runs together and in the end, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram had a brilliant partnership and they marched South Africa towards comfortable victory.
Also, with the victory, South Africa have clinched the 3-match ODI series by 2-0, with one game remaining.
We Wanted To Win The Series, We Weren’t Expecting To Do It After Two Games – Temba Bavuma
During the post-match presentation, Proteas captain Temba Bavuma said that the main objective of the team was to win the ODI series against India.
“Very happy. That was the objective for us starting the series, we wanted to win the series. We weren’t expecting to do it after two games.”
Bavuma, while talking about wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock said that he is a valuable player and it was good to see him back. He added that the Proteas team have a lot of self-belief and confidence and they fight for one another on the field. He said:
“ Obviously great to have Quinny back, see him smiling in the team. He reminded us again why he’s such a valuable player. I think as a team we have a lot of self-belief and confidence in our ability. We go out there and fight for one another. We really try to put in a real team effort. We don’t really rely on superstars or one or two performances.”
“Coming into this series, no one gave us much of a chance, so that really gave us motivation. We pride ourselves in our fast bowlers, but to see the spin bowlers bringing the game home for us, that really makes us a side to be reckoned with.”
Temba Bavuma further talked about his captaincy and said that he has been enjoying leading the team since his domestic cricket days. He also said that he is fortunate enough to have a lot of cricket brains in the team.
“ (Captaincy) I enjoy it. Have enjoyed it since I did it at domestic cricket. I try and see how I can serve and inspire others in the team. Fortunate that there are a lot of cricket brains in the team. That’s a good thing. Sometimes it can be a bad thing, they can confuse you on the field! I think 3-0 sounds a lot better than 2-1, but in saying that, we’ll enjoy the win today.”
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