India vs South Africa, 2nd ODI: As it happened

India beat South Africa by 22 runs in the second ODI in Indore on Wednesday, level series 1-1.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 18, 2015 2:55 pm
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India, after posting 247/9, staged a terrific performance with the ball to bundle out visitors for 225 in the second ODI in Indore on Wednesday. After MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 92, the spinners Axar Patel and Harbhajan Singh turned it India’s way with a tidy spell, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar applied the finishing touches. Series is now locked at 1-1. (PHOTOS: Dhoni special lifts India)

Scorecard: India vs South Africa

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The match, as it happened

2045 hrs IST: WICKET! Bhuvi wraps it up. Morkel out, India seal the contest by 22 runs in Indore

2040 hrs IST: WICKET! Bhuvi strikes first ball. Finds Tahir’s edge, Dhoni does the rest behind the stumps

2037 hrs IST: Rabada moves to a crucial 19. Umesh not learning, continues to dish them short

2030 hrs IST: Rabada impressed one and all with the ball, now he is showcasing his skills with the bat. Solid so far

2025 hrs IST: Tahir is away with a maximum. The leggie shows he can bat

2020 hrs IST: WICKET! Harbhajan with the big big scalp. Removes set batsman Behardien. South Africa lose their 8th, India two wickets away from win

2006 hrs IST: WICKET! The ball is following Virat today. Takes his third catch of the evening to end Dale Steyn’s innings. Yadav picks the wicket

2000 hrs IST:  Asking rate not an issue for South Africa. They need to keep wickets in hand. Behardien and Steyn int he middle for the visitors

1954 hrs IST: Mexican wave is history, mobile torch wave is the new trend, it seems

1945 hrs IST: WICKET!  What a catch from Virat Kohli. AB de Villiers smashes it hard to covers, Kohli dives to hang on to a blinder. India in it now. SA 167/6

1935 hrs IST: India have kept the game alive by picking up two wickets but it’s important they follow it up with one more

1925 hrs IST: WICKET! Bhuvi bowls in a brilliant channel around Miller’s off-stump and the left-hander edges it to Dhoni behind the stumps. India skipper takes a beauty behind the stumps. South Africa lose their fifth wicket

1920 hrs IST: WICKET! Du Plessis drives it on the up but hits it straight to Kohli who takes a sharp catch off Axar. Third wicket for the spinner. South Africa four down now

1915 hrs IST: That’s FIFTY for Faf du Plessis, off 51 balls

1912 hrs IST: WICKET! Duminy sweeps, and fails to put bat to ball. Axar traps him in front for his second wicket. South Africa 134/3

1855 hrs IST: 100 up for South Africa in the 20th over. 50 partnership between Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy also up. They are cruising at the moment. India need a wicket

1840 hrs IST: Mohit replaces Axar. India need a wicket or two here…

1825 hrs IST: Harbhajan bowling nice and slow today. Ball coming nicely off his hand. The offie in the rhythm

1820 hrs IST: WICKET! Harbhajan slows it up, and De Kock plays one shot too many. Finds Mohit Sharma in the deep. India remove both openers in a hurry

1818 hrs IST: De Kock brings up the fifty for South Africa with a boundary

1815 hrs IST: India need wickets to keep the contest alive. Not enough runs on the board

1810 hrs IST: WICKET! Axar into the attack, and he strikes. Amla is out stumped, and India pick the big wicket early

1804 hrs IST: Early spin! Harbhajan Singh into the attack. Operating with a slip at the moment

1756 hrs IST: Rohit drops De Kock, who drives the next delivery straight down the ground for a boundary

1755 hrs IST: South Africa openers all at ease at the moment. Keeping the scoreboard ticking

1740 hrs IST: South Africa openers Amla and De Kock out in the middle for the chase. India need early wickets to put pressure on the visitors

1715 hrs IST: India post 247/9 against South Africa. Dhoni remains unbeaten on 92 – innings of the highest order by the Indian skipper. Now the bowlers have something to bowl at…

1710 hrs IST: Time for the last over now. Dhoni is still there, batting on 86

1702 hrs IST: Two to play, India 232/9. Dhoni and Mohit in the middle for the hosts

1658 hrs IST: WICKET! De Kock takes a blinder behind the stumps to get rid of Umesh Yadav. India lose their ninth

1655 hrs IST: WICKET! Harbhajan swings but could only edge it to De Kock behind the stumps. Out for 22, India 221/8

1650 hrs IST:  Fifty-run partnership between Dhoni and Bhajji comes up, off only 38 balls

1645 hrs IST: India collect 16 from the Tahir over. Dhoni doing bulk of the scoring there. And, we are into the last five overs now. Expect some fireworks if the Indian skipper stays there till the end

1642 hrs IST: 200 up for India! Dhoni uses the pace on the delivery and clips it fine for a boundary

1630 hrs IST: SIX! Dhoni waits and launches it into the stands. Brings up his 60th ODI fifty, his fourth in last eight innings for India

1620 hrs IST: WICKET! Just when India were heading towards a decent total, Tahir cleans up Bhuvneshwar Kumar to break a steady stand. India 165/7 now

1615 hrs IST: India skipper playing smart cricket in the middle. Keeping the scoreboard ticking, and dispatching looseners

1609 hrs IST: Dhoni goes big, and gets the distance. 150 up for India in the 37th over

1600 hrs IST: Dhoni fighting a lone battle in the middle. He has Bhuvi for company at the moment. Still not enough runs on

1549 hrs IST: Continue picking wickets, rest will fall in place

1551 hrs IST: Ordinary batting performance by India

1535 hrs IST: WICKET! No footwork from Axar and he’s trapped in front by Steyn. India lose their sixth wicket. struggling at 124/6

1530 hrs IST: India desperately need some stability to give their bowlers something to bowl at. Not enough runs on the board at the moment

1518 hrs IST: Axar Patel is the new man in

1516 hrs IST: WICKET! Raina edges a Morkel delivery to De Kock behind the stumps. Out for a duck, India lose half their side with a total little over 100 on the board

1510 hrs IST: Two new men in the middle. India in need of a steady stand. One more wicket can force an early finish in Indore

1508 hrs IST: WICKET! Tahir cleans up Rahane. India lose their fourth, and big, wicket

1505 hrs IST: Rahane brings up his fifty. Top knock. His good run at no.3 continues. Second fifty on the trot at the position

1453 hrs IST:  WICKET! Dropped catch, mix up and a run out! Virat Kohli walks back to the pavilion and many still recovering with what they just saw.

1438 hrs IST: South Africa trying different things. As Virat Kohli takes strikes, AB de Villiers brings on Dale Steyn to exploit the batsman’s weakness outside off-stump.

1427 hrs IST: WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan out for 23. Morne Morkel bowls a slower ball and it hits the toe end of Dhawan’s bat. JP Duminy completes an easy catch at covers. India 59/2

1421 hrs IST: 50 up for India in the 12th over.

1405 hrs IST: India moving after a slow start. The outfield in lighting quick. Crowd backing India.

1350 hrs IST: Rahane takes 12 runs off 5th over. India slowly making runs.

1338 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in. India need to rebuild early

1335 hrs IST: WICKET! Rabada has struck early! Rohit playing forward to a delivery that was quicker and angling in. Rohit beaten by pace and the ball sends his off-stump for a toss.

1328 hrs IST: Players out in the middle. Dale Steyn will bowl to Rohit

1320 hrs IST: Average score batting first here in Indore is 333 and the highest team total is 418/5 by India against West Indies.

1315 hrs IST: India go in with 5 bowlers but can the middle order deliver? India need to post a big total as South Africa have depth in their batting to chase down any total.

1300 hrs IST: India win toss, elect to bat. Harbhajan, Axar, Mohit replace Binny, Mishra, Ashwin. South Africa play unchanged

1257 hrs IST: Expect it to be run feast. India have a 100% win record on this ground

1255 hrs IST: Toss in a few moments from now. Given the nature of the surface, it really doesn’t matter who bats or bowls first.

Build Up

India vs South Africa: Indore, great outdoors for batsmen 

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A bunch of college boys had queued up since morning to enter the stands of Holkar Cricket Stadium even before the Indian team bus arrived at the venue. The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association is among those few associations in the country which allow fans to watch the practice session inside the stadium. Students who had bunked college lectures jostled along with those who couldn’t procure match tickets to get a peek of the star cricketers.

India vs South Africa, 2nd ODI: Death bowling is a concern for Rohit Sharma

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Consistency is key to any team’s success and opening batsman Rohit Sharma asserted that India cannot afford to commit small mistakes often if they aspire to be the numero uno cricket team in the world.

Do we have the right environment for pacers to bloom?

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With Indian cricket and bowlers, we are in perpetual autumn. At least the leaves have only one season to abdicate and make way for fresh green shoots. But India’s bowlers seem to disappear all the time. They look very promising (lovers of cricket, like lovers of nature, react to new shoots with similar enthusiasm!) but promise must translate into performance. It is a journey India’s bowlers are struggling to make and is an aspect that needs to be addressed with far greater alacrity than many others that occupy the mind.

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