SA thrash India to seal series with a game to go
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Quinton de Kock. Photo: Collected
South Africa cruised India by seven wickets in the second ODI on Friday, thereby sealing the three-match series 2-0. In the process, the hosts recorded the highest run-chase in Paarl.
South African skipper, Temba Bavuma said, “We wanted to win the series and weren't really expecting it to do after the 2 games.”
“As a team, we have a lot of self-belief and confidence in our ability. We are not a team that prides itself on having superstars or relying on individual performances. We really try and put in a team effort,” he added.
The Proteas just showed what India lacked in the last game. At the end of 31 overs, the hosts were 181/1, almost similar to the visitors’ 179/2, but South Africa doubled up their score after 30 overs which is something India failed to do with the bat.
India captain KL Rahul said, “I think they are playing some really good cricket at home, we are making mistakes as well in the middle. It's a good learning for us. We are a team that takes a lot of pride in winning, but good learning for us and hopefully we can grow.”
Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock played really well with the bats. Malan scored 91, while de Kock walked off after scoring 78 off just 66 balls with the help of seven boundaries and three maximums. He was named the Man of the Match for his brilliant knock.
Earlier, India posted 287 runs after losing six wickets. In-form Rishabh Pant hit 10 boundaries and two maximums to bag 85 off 71 balls.
Rahul picked up his half-century as well, he scored 55 runs. In the end, Shardul Thakur’s unbeaten 40 off 38 helped his side to go close to 300 runs. But the hosts reached the target with 11 balls to spear.