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India wins toss and bowls against South Africa in 2nd ODI

05 February 2018

Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal's match-winning five for 22 steered India to a convincing nine-wicket win over South Africa in the second ODI.

India then knocked off the victory target in 20 overs to humiliate their hosts. He lost the toss, and the team couldn't perform well with the bat as the Indian spinners completely overshadowed them for a mere 118 runs. Their previous lowest score was 119 against England at Port Elizabeth in November 2009.

Chahal also lauded Dhoni's contribution from behind the wickets in making things easier for the spinners in the limited-over formats.

West Indies' Carl Hooper and Keith Arthurton had previously shared six wickets at Bloemfontein in 1999. The previous best hauls for an Indian spinner was Yuvraj Singh's 4 for 6 versus Namibia at Pietermaritzburg in 2003.

Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Kuldeep took three.

Markram leads South Africa in just his third one-day worldwide. Du Plessis has been ruled out for the remaining series and T20Is due to a figure injury, while de Villiers will not be present for two more matches. However, it was the inability of his own spinners - Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi - to control the pace in the air that rendered them relatively ineffective when India began the chase. Yadav chipped in two wickets, while Japrit Bumrah claimed one. While the Indian pacers were on the money with their line and length, the Proteas' openers were more watchful and wary of losing wickets early on.

India got the breakthrough they wanted when Kumar, bowling from changed ends, induced a faint inside edge off Amla. India will be denied a win because 20 overs not bowled yet. Two long-hops were obediently hit by Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram into the palms of the sole fielders positioned at deep square-leg.

Kuldeep Yadav victimised David Miller in the 14th over but JP Duminy's double fours off Hardik Pandya's bowls soothed their pain to some extent.

That their half-trackers too are quite economical as compared to other spinners (with this length, the two concede 5.4 runs per over and take wickets at an average of 28.5, as compared to the corresponding overall statistics of 6.4 and 55) too is indicative of the threat they now pose with the ball.

The debutant played a crucial role and scored 25 runs off 45 balls.

India wins toss and bowls against South Africa in 2nd ODI