Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Kohli leads India to big win over Proteas

Kohli leads India to big win over Proteas

The Indian women's cricket team will look to seal the issue when it takes on South Africa in the second ODI of the three-match series, on Wednesday.

Shikhar Dhawan believes that his side has the flawless mix of experience and youth and that it is helping them perform in the limited-overs series. India now leading 2-0 in the six ODI series. However, going by the current form and injury concerns, South Africa found them at the backfoot and didn't want to leave any stone unturned to make a come back in the series. A big part of the reason for that was the success of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, the two Indian wrist-spinners who have picked up seven and six wickets respectively so far. In fact all three matches in this series have been sold out and the same is true of the Pink ODI at the Wanderers on Saturday but many punters might be suffering from "buyers remorse" given the appalling performance of the national side over the past few matches. But looking at the ruthless nature of India's wins (by 6 wickets, 9 wickets and 124 runs) and South Africa's feeble challenge, a whitewash doesn't look beyond the men in blue.

That gives them 21 of the 27 South Africa wickets that have fallen to bowlers in the three matches.

"They're world-class spinners", admitted South African captain Aiden Markram.

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After being invited to bat, India faced a severe blow in the last delivery of the very first over with Rohit Sharma departing for a duck. "But these guys (Chahal and Kuldeep) are a lot slower", Benkenstein had said after the second ODI. He is also the only India batsman to score more than one century in a series against South Africa.

Kohli (on 0*) survived an early lbw shout off Kagiso Rabada (1-54) in the third over. That India had won 11 of their previous 12 chases probably influenced South Africa's decision. With de Kock out, Markram might have to move to the top of the batting order and partner Amla, and then depend on the experience of Duminy, David Miller and Morris, with Heinrich Klaasen possibly in as de Kock's replacement. "I won't say it's the lack of patience, for when you are playing the ODIs you have to score runs (quickly)".

At 7.48pm, with the sky still bluish and four of South Africa's wickets still standing, the electronic scoreboard told the crowd of 14 513, "The bars are now closed".

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