India and South Africa are slated to play the second ODI of the three-match series at Boland Park in Paarl on Friday. After winning the first Test of the recently concluded Test series, India have lost three consecutive games since.
KL Rahul and Co. didn’t make a great start to the ODI series, having lost the first ODI by 31 runs on Wednesday. Another defeat would end their hopes of winning the series. South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma won an important toss in the first ODI and they elected to bat first. Jasprit Bumrah, however, didn’t allow them to make a great start with the bat as he accounted for the wicket of Janneman Malan (6 of 10) in the fifth over of the innings.
Quinton de Kock (27 off 41) and Makram (4 off 11) also got out cheaply to leave South Africa in trouble at 68 for 3. Skipper Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen, however, then staged a remarkable recovery.
The duo stitched a 204-run partnership for the fourth wicket to help South Africa reach a mammoth 296-run total in the first innings. Skipper Temba Bavuma scored 110 off 143 deliveries, while Rassie van der Dussen notched an unbeaten 129-run knock off 96 deliveries.
In pursuit of the total, Shikhar Dhawan got India to a quick start. He ensured runs came at a quick pace, however, South Africa managed to take the wicket of KL Rahul (12) in the 9th over.
South Africa couldn’t pick wickets thereafter till 25th over, courtesy of a brilliant partnership between Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. The duo added 92 runs for the second wicket and helped India remain in control of the chase.
Keshav Maharaj then cleaned up Shikhar Dhawan (79 off 84) in the 26th over. Virat Kohli top-edged a mistimed sweep shot to Temba Bavuma in the 29th over to help South Africa come back into the game. India failed to stitch partnerships thereafter as they slipped from 138 for 2 to 188 for 6.
India managed 265 runs in the second innings and, thereby, fell 31 runs short of the target.
SA vs IND: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Boland Park, Paarl- South Africa v India- 2022, 2nd ODI
Due to the slowness of the surface, the batsmen find it difficult to play their shots with ease here at Paarl. There will be some movement on offer for the bowlers in the initial overs of the innings. Pacers can trouble the batsmen with extra pace and bounce.
Teams, though, tend to score decent totals here and the batsmen would love to bat here once they adjust to the conditions well at this ground. The deck becomes slightly difficult to bat for the teams which bat second due to the slowness of the surface. There is value for shots as the outfield is lightning fast here. Both teams would look to bat first upon winning the toss.
According to reports from weather.com, the temperature of Paarl city of South Africa on January 21 (Friday) will be 34º C during the day and fall to 17º C at night. The sky will be clear and there is only a 4% chance of rain. The humidity will be about 33% during the day and increase to 55% at night.
Betway has India as the favorites for the second ODI, with India to beat the home team at 4/6.