SA vs IND 2nd ODI: South Africa plunder India to lift series
It was a clinical performance from South Africa yet again, as they recorded a massive 134-run victory against India in a 49-over 2nd ODI at Kingsmead, Durban on Sunday.
In a delayed start due to wet conditions, India won the toss and once again opted to chase. It wasn't the best of starts for the visitors, who were subjected to batting class from the South Africa openers. Both Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla got to their respective hundreds, stringing a 194-run 1st wicket partnership as the Indian bowlers looked on haplessly. The breakthrough came only in the 36th over, when de Kock played a miscued shot off R Ashwin, ending a spectacular knock. AB de Villiers returned to the pavilion soon after being stumped off Jadeja's bowling. Amla hung on, forging another steady partnership with JP Duminy (26), who was run-out by Umesh Yadav.
Mohammad Shami (3/48) then struck to remove Amla, and South Africa were 233/3 in the 44th over. He followed it up with two quick wickets towards the end, dismissing the dangerous David Miller (0) and Jacques Kallis (10). But it was the cameos of Ryan McLaren (12) and Vernon Philander (14) that took South Africa to a respectable total of 280 in 49 overs.
India was caught on the back foot right from the start of their chase, losing both Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli for ducks. Rohit Sharma (19) was caught at short midwicket, while Ajinkya Rahane (8) had a forgettable first outing in Protea land as he chased one wide outside the off stump. Skipper Dhoni (19) walked in only to be dismissed by Philander. Suresh Raina (36) was the only batsman who looked confident in his approach, but even he fell to a brilliant catch from David Miller at cover. Steyn and Tsotsobe then ripped through the Indian tail, leading to a mighty collapse for the visitors. India were all-out for 146 in 35.1 overs.
South Africa now lead the 3-match ODI series 2-0. Wednesday's dead rubber will be a day-night clash to be played at Centurion.