India batter Ishan Kishan expressed disappointment at missing out on a maiden ODI century but said that he was happy that the Men in Blue won the second match of the three-ODI series against South Africa, which was played at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on October 9, 2022.
South Africa was captained by Keshav Maharaj as Temba Bavuma missed this match due to illness. Also, Anrich Nortje and Reeza Hendricks, along with Bjorn Fortuin replaced Lungi Ngidi, Bavuma, and Tabraiz Shamsi. Maharaj won the toss and chose to bat first.
India handed an ODI debut to Shahbaz Ahmed, while Washington Sundar was included in places of Ravi Bishnoi and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
For Proteas, Reeza Hendricks made 74 and Aiden Markram made 79 runs adding 129 runs for the third wicket after Quinton de Kock (5) and Janneman Malan (25) got out early. Despite Heinrich Klaasen (30) and David Miller (35*) trying to replicate their performance of the first ODI, Indian pacers didn’t let them break free in the last 10 overs and South Africa could only make 278/7 in 50 overs.
Mohammed Siraj was the pick of the Indian bowlers with 3/38 in 10 overs.
I When I Was Fielding They Were Asking Me To Get A Hundred Today: Ishan Kishan On His Home Crowd Support
In reply, Shikhar Dhawan fell for 13 runs and Shubman Gill looked good for his 28 runs. But the partnership which won India the match was the 161-run stand between Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer.
Kishan hammered 93in 84 balls with 7 fours and 4 sixes, while Iyer remained unbeaten on 113* 2ith 15 fours. Sanju Samson helped India win the match with 30* as India reached the target in 45.5 overs with 7 wickets in hand.
After the match, Ishan Kishan was asked about his performance with the bat in front of his home crowd.
He said: “Feeling good, it’s 1-1, so very excited to play the decider at Delhi. Really happy about with the way we contributed to the team. It is my home ground, there were too many people watching. When I was fielding they were asking me to get a hundred today, unfortunately I missed it. No worries, I’m just happy that my team won the game today and maybe in the next game I will give my best and make my team win again.
It’s difficult here sometimes, because I played so many matches in Ranchi, it is not easy for the new batters to score runs, so we were looking to play according to the merit of the ball and not to play any harsh shots, and it’s a matter of putting the pressure on the other team as well and the positive mindset helped a lot. Nortje, Rabada are too quick and sometimes the ball isn’t coming on properly and stopping a touch and the next ball it was coming really quick. So, I was planning to go for it if it was near my chest and not to play a pre-determined shot if the ball is not there. So I was just trying to put the ball in the gap and it went my way.”
India leveled the series 1-1, with the series decider to be played on Tuesday in Delhi.