Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Proteas' crisis deepens as de Kock ruled out of series

Proteas' crisis deepens as de Kock ruled out of series

In three ODIs against South Africa here, they have lost two and won one, the latter in 2010-11 when they had shot into the series' lead (aforementioned).

After electing to bowl first, the Men in Blue bundled out the hosts for a paltry total of 118 in the first innings as the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav ran riot.

Stand-in captain Aiden Markram said batsmen let his team down.

Kuldeep Yadav was also once again impressive as he bagged 3 wickets for 20 runs in his six overs.

India to win and lead the ODI series by 2-0.

But the loss could be blessing in disguise for the Proteas as it would give them the chance to reflect on preparation for the World Cup in 2019.

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Chahal took the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Duminy, Khaya Zondo, Chris Morris and Morkel. It is tough to envisage that de Kock will be dropped just yet, but Klaasen's inclusion ought to send him a signal of the team management's intent. De Kock then targetted Hardik Pandya to fetch some quick runs before the end of the powerplay but India got the big fish soon after.

Cricket South Africa announced on Monday that De Kock was in "severe pain and discomfort" after being struck on the left wrist while batting in the second match in Centurion on Sunday. Amla uncharacteristically reviewed, but replays showed he had to go. He called for bat tape for an issue with the bottom of his bat and it was exactly that spot that got him into trouble when he tried to pull Chahal over midwicket but only found the fielder. Anushka was seen accompanying Kohli during the Test series against South Africa. His first ball was a half-tracker that Markram smacked in the air to deep midwicket where Bhuvneshwar was waiting.

Four balls later, Miller was bamboozled by Yadav and was caught at slip. From India, Chahal claimed a five-wicket haul.

Mandhana and her captain Mithali Raj (45) put on 99 for the second wicket, before two wickets each by Marizanne Kapp (2/26) and Ayabonga Khaka (2/47) helped the home side claw their way back.

From there, it was a procession. Kagiso Rabada was the only bowler who managed a wicket in the innings. Even the toss went in favour of Indian skipper Virat Kohli who chose to bowl inviting South Africa to bat first.

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