New Delhi. South Africa defeated India (India vs South Africa) by seven wickets in the second ODI of the series in Paarl and took possession of the series. Sweetheart Malan (91) and Quinton de Kock (78) laid the foundation for South Africa’s victory in the game, while Temba Bavuma (35), Rasi von der Dussen (37), and Aiden Markram (37*) all made their way to the team. Contributed to the victory. Earlier, the South African bowlers also showed a great game.
India won the toss elected to bat and kept a score of 287/6 on the board. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant scored the most runs for the team in the innings. After the team lost two wickets early, he played aggressive innings and scored 85 runs in 71 balls. The left-hander was particularly aggressive against spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, against whom he hit five fours and a six in 26 balls.
However, left-handed batsman Rishabh Pant was dismissed later after going out with the intention of sending a delivery long-on. Markram caught Pant’s cat. This ball was thrown to Pant by Tabrez Shamsi. After the dismissal of Rishabh Pant, Shamsi celebrated with enthusiasm, but also rubbed his back praising his batting. Now a day after the match, Shamsi has shared a picture of patting Pant on the back. Sharing this picture, Shamsi has written- “Work hard… play hard… but never cross the limit.”
Actually, when Tabrez Shamsi dismissed Rishabh Pant during the match, he lost his cool. After taking the wicket of Pant, Shamsi shouted badly on the field. Apart from this, he also came running far in the field while running. The video of their celebration is also becoming fiercely viral on social media.
Earlier, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul (55) made their important contribution in handling the Indian innings. In this match, once again India’s middle-order got exposed. Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and Venkatesh Iyer got out early and returned to the pavilion. Shardul Thakur and Ravichandran Ashwin played unbeaten innings of 40 and 25 runs respectively. Tabrez Shamsi took two wickets for the Proteas.
After the loss in the match, Rishabh Pant said in the press conference, “I think the track was a little slow. I thought we had enough runs on this wicket. It was difficult to bat in the second innings in the first game, as the wicket got slower and slower. It was the same in the second ODI as well, but South Africa batted well in the middle and that’s why they were able to chase down the target.” He further said, “I and KL had a good partnership in the middle, if we had gone ahead, we would have got 15-20 runs in total.”
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