Last Update on: October 9th, 2022 at 11:58 am
India take on South Africa in the second ODI in Ranchi on October 9. The hosts lost the first ODI and are playing catch-up in the series. They need to win in Ranchi to keep the series alive. The Proteas also have a vested interest in winning the series as it keeps their hopes of direct qualification for the next ODI World Cup alive.
The Indian side has been dealt with a huge blow ahead of the second game. Deepak Chahar has been ruled out of the next two games with a stiff back that he survived after the third T20I. Chahar did not play the first ODI and now will head to the NCA to be treated by the Indian medical team. The swing bowler is one of the contenders to replace Jasprit Bumrah in the T20 World Cup and just have less than two weeks to recover and get fit.
Meanwhile, this young Indian side failed to chase down 150 in 40 overs in the first ODI. Despite Sanju Samson’s unbeaten 86 and Shreyas Iyer’s 50, the Men in Blue fell short by nine runs.
Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad played slowly in the middle-overs which cost India the game, They added 39 runs from 79 deliveries till the time they were batting together. Death bowling has been another major concern. This Indian team has no death overs specialists and now needs to get the job done with the available bowlers.
With India needing to win the next game, a few changes can be expected on Sunday. In this article, we predict India’s playing XI for the second ODI against South Africa.
India vs South Africa: India’s Predicted Playing XI Against South Africa, South Africa Tour Of India 2022, 2nd ODI
Shikhar Dhawan (C)
Dhawan scored 4 off 16 balls in the first ODI and was dismissed early. He will need to score in the remaining games for India to win the series.
Gill also failed with the bat in the first ODI. He scored just three off seven deliveries. Both Gill Dhawan needs to give India a good start.
Iyer should bat at number three in Virat Kohli’s absence. He scored a crucial 50 in the first ODI and kept India in the game. Iyer is amongst India’s reserves for the T20 World Cup.
Kishan can be given another go in the second ODI. He scored 20 off 37 deliveries in the first ODI and slowed India’s scoring rate in the middle-overs.
Tripathi has been on the bench way too long for Team India and can be given his debut cap in the place of Ruturaj Gaikwad. He is a busy player and can play according to the situation batting in the middle-overs.
Sanju Samson (WK)
Samson scored an unbeaten 86 off 63 deliveries batting at number six. He is the designated finisher in this side and needs to play another good innings.
Sundar can replace Bishnoi as one of the two spinners. He was drafted into the side as Chahar’s replacement. Sundar at seven also lengthens India’s batting lineup. He has played four ODIs so far.
Shardul can slot in at 8. He can score handy runs down the order and can be one of the two seamers for India.
Siraj can lead the Indian pace attack in the second ODI. He bowled 8 overs for 49 runs in the first ODI.
Avesh can be given another game as well. He is a promising bowler and needs to be backed by the management.
Kuldeep concludes India’s likely playing XI for the second ODI vs South Africa, He bowled a good spell of 1 for 39 in 8 overs in the first ODI.