India vs South Africa 2nd ODI – Statistical highlights
MS Dhoni once again made it absolutely certain that he indeed was the best when it came to ODI cricket. Dhoni seemed to be back at his best when he not just rescued India from doldrums, but also got his side to a respectable total. The Indian top order collapsed like a pack of cards until Dhoni once again led from the front and by example. Dhoni’s partnership with Harbhajan Singh for the 8th wicket of 56 runs scored within 7 overs handed Indian back the momentum.
A 17 run over from JP Duminy’s bowling was in many ways the turning point for India. Dhoni did not stop and kept on accumulating some priceless runs. Dhoni did not expose his tailenders and rather scored all the runs on his own.
South Africa began steadily and could have completed the game in 40 overs flat had they played sensibly. But they chose to be extravagant and lost their way against the spinners. Axar Patel began the good work as he foxed Hashim Amla with a beautiful delivery which got him stumped. The partnership between Du Plessis and Duminy seemed to take the game away from the hosts and were comfortably placed at 134-2 in 23.5 overs.
Soon, that changed into 200-8 in 39.3 overs. AB De Villiers too began strongly, before over aggression got the better of him as he was dismissed by Mohit Sharma. Virat Kohli must be appreciated for taking an absolute blinder to dismiss De Villiers.
The ninth wicket stand between Rabada and Tahir grew strong, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck back to complete the formalities. The teams head to Rajkot with an aim of gaining a 2-1 edge over the other.
Below, are the statistical highlights for the 2nd ODI between India and South Africa.
1. 19.4. The number of overs in which South Africa lost their last 8 wickets for 91 runs.
2. 67. The number of not outs MS Dhoni has associated to his names. Shaun Pollock and Chaminda Vaas top the list with 72.
3. 107. MS Dhoni’s strike rate in the second ODI. The collective strike rate of other Indian batsmen was 66.
4. 27. Virat Kohli’s batting average since his last 12 ODI innings. He has been without a half-century in this span.
5. 100. India’s win percentage in Indore.
6. 3. Rohit Sharma has 3 single digit scores in his last 5 ODI innings at home. In the remaining 2, he has scores of 264 and 150 respectively.
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