South Africa vs India 2nd ODI: Chahal’s career-best performance sees South Africa implode in Centurion

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Yuzvendra Chahal finished with career-best figures of 5-22 off 8.2 overs

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Yuzvendra Chahal carved through South Africa’s line-up with his maiden five-wicket haul to lead India to a convincing nine-wicket win in the second ODI in Centurion.

Not only did India bowl the Proteas out for a record-low score at SuperSport Park, but they also extended their lead in the six-match series to 2-0.

Being put in to bat first, South Africa made a cautious start to their innings, but just as Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla were starting to up the ante, Amla was caught behind off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 23.

Amla opted to review the decision, but replays showed a spike when the ball went past his bat. As a result, the on-field decision was upheld.

South Africa began to crumble once Amla was gone as De Kock fell for 20, while stand-in captain Aiden Markram and David Miller were dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav in the same over.

JP Duminy and debutant Khaya Zondo temporarily halted India’s charge with a 48-run partnership before Zondo was caught by Hardik Pandya off the bowling of Chahal for 25.

Chahal struck again in his next over as he trapped Duminy lbw for 25.

With Chahal continuing to scythe through the Proteas’ batting line-up, they ended up going from 107/6 to being bowled out for 118, which is the lowest ODI score in history at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Kuldeep took three. As for Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, they chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 119 to win, India got off to a quick start before opener Rohit Sharma was caught by Morne Morkel at fine leg off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada for 15.

However, that was to be South Africa’s last taste of success as Dhawan and India captain Virat Kohli finished things off with an unbeaten 93-run partnership, during which Dhawan brought up his fifty.

Dhawan ended up making 51 off 56 balls, which included nine boundaries, while Kohli remained undefeated on 46 off 50 deliveries, which included four boundaries and a six.

Rabada was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Markram was less than impressed with his side’s performance, and said: “Not the best performance, no. It’s a day we’re gonna have to be really honest with ourselves. Not ideal [soft dismissals] starting from myself. It was always going to be difficult to defend but look, the day is over. We can’t afford slip-ups now. It might bring out the best in us. It’s a good position to be in.”

Kohli was delighted to have won, and said: “We thought at the toss the ball was going to do a bit early. Again Bhuvi and Bumrah didn’t give too much away. We knew if we got the two openers, the middle order would be shaky. The pitch was harder than Durban and the spinners used it.

“We knew we won’t get grass on the pitch because when it’s seaming, it can be anyone’s game. We knew the wickets would be hard and dry and knew our wrist-spinners can get it to turn anywhere. They just didn’t give SA any chance. 2-0 is a wonderful position to be in. We want to cash in on that.”

Chahal was named Man of the Match, and said: “First away tour and I’m enjoying it here. It’s about how mentally tough you are. Not too different from India, the conditions, maybe just the ground was a little smaller. When I took the first wicket and he [Kuldeep] came and took two wickets, the pressure was on the batsmen.”

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