After losing the first One-day international by just 5 runs, the Indian team scripted an unlikely win in the second ODI at Indore yesterday by defending a small total of 247. There were many twists and turns in the match but the Indian team fielded exceptionally well and the bowlers, especially spinners were up to the task. The Indian team held their nerves winning the match by 22 runs and leveling the series at 1-1 with 3 matches to go.
Here we look at the 5 reasons for India’s win in the second ODI.
1. Dhoni’s batting
Dhoni’s batting was under criticism not batting up the order and facing more balls. In the second match at Indore, Dhoni came to bat when India was struggling at number 5. India was struggling at 124 for 6. He batted with the tail, took Duminy on and injected 143 runs to the total in trademark style by seeing off the dangerous bowlers, wait for bad balls and then push on for a late flourish. He hit a big six of Duminy bowling to reach his 50 in 57 balls. In the 43rd over Dhoni and Harbhajan took 17 runs off the Duminy over. He ran hard between wickets either going deep down the ground and across to manufacture singles. In 45th over Dhoni’s hit Imran Tahir for a six and four to help India go past 200. Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh put on 56 runs partnership for the 8th wicket. Dhoni ended the innings with a six and remained not out on 92 off 86 balls with 7 fours and 4 sixes. India ended the innings with a respectable total of 247 for 9 in 50 over’s.
2. Rahane’s Batting
In the second ODI on Wednesday, Rahane walked out to bat after the fall of Rohit Sharma’s wicket in the second over. Rahane looked in the groove as he rolled over his wrists to collect three boundaries of Dale Steyn off his one over. His smart batting allied with some good running between the wickets led a 56 runs partnership with Dhawan after the early. After the fall of Dhawan, Rahane picked up singles and hit the bad balls away for boundaries. Rahane completed his half-century off 59 balls. Rahane laid a solid foundation but was clean bowled by Imran Tahir for 51.
3. Axar Patel bowling
Axar Patel was included in the playing XI for the 2nd ODI yesterday. Axar Patel was introduced in the 7th over. Axar Patel struck in the fourth ball of his spell getting rid of opener Hashim Amla breaking a 36 runs first wicket partnership. When South Africa was going at smoothly at 134 for 2 in the 24th over, Axar Patel got a big wicket of JP Duminy for 36. Axar Patel was bowling a tight line and length JP Duminy tried to manufacturer a shot but was late on a sweep and was adjudged LBW. In his following over Axar had a well set Faf Du Plessis for 51 driving uppishly towards short cover and Virat Kohli leapt and took a sharp catch. Axar Patel finished with figures of 3 for 39 in 10 overs.
4. India’s good fielding
While defending a small total of 248 the Indian team fielded brilliantly. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina were brilliant on the field. Rohit Sharma almost took a catch of De Kock in the first ball of the fourth over. Virat Kohli took an excellent catch of Du Plessis leaping and taking sharp in the 26th over. Miller was brilliantly caught by MS Dhoni diving to the right for 0. When DE Villiers was looking set, Kohli took another brilliant catch diving the full stretched in the 33rd over. Dale Steyn was too caught well running back in the 37th over. Suresh Raina too caught a hard catch of Morne Morkel to finish the match and gave India a much-needed win. The catching was great and looked energetic in the entire innings.
5. Dhoni’s captaincy
The captaincy in yesterday’s match was brilliant. In the initial overs when Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were going for runs, he bought on Axar Patel in the 7th over. He always had an attacking field. Harbhajan Singh was too brought to the bowling crease in the 5th over. Both the spinners put the pressure on the South African batsmen. He had three slips to tail ender Rabada with fast bowlers and two slips to Harbhajan Singh in the 40th over. Dhoni had a short leg to Dale Steyn in 34th over. Dhoni used his bowlers well and created pressure on the South African batsmen. He had a slip for last batsmen. It was an excellent captaincy from MS Dhoni.