How India Cricket Team Leveled The ODI 2022 Series 1-1 Against South Africa Cricket Team


The victory in this match helped India cricket team and Shikhar Dhawan tie the 2th match of the ODI 2022 series with 1-1.

Chasing a total of 279, India cricket team got it down with the loss of only three wickets and with 25 balls in hand. South Africa cricket team lost a key point that could have given the team a direct qualification to the 2023 World Cup.

How India Cricket Team Leveled The ODI 2022 Series 1-1 Against South Africa Cricket Team

Here are the main events for India VS South Africa in 2th of the ODI 2022 series:

South African Cricket's Hendricks Makes The Most Of His Opportunity

Reeza Hendricks was brought in place of captain Temba Bavuma and the right-handed batter made the most of it. He has been a scintillating touch in white-ball cricket and there had been a lot of noise in the cricketing circle for the South Africa cricket team to utilize the player’s golden form.

With a 74-run knock, Hendricks proved that he belongs in the playing XI as a regular starter, even if it means benching the skipper who’s struggling with his form.

Hendricks struck nine fours and a six in his century-long stand with Aiden Markram, who was equally impressive for his 79.

Their partnership gave the South Africa cricket team a major lift-off which they were lacking in the contest after Quinton de Kock and Janeman Malan’s early dismissals.

Although, one went to the hut after another in quick succession, their partnership had allowed the other batters to come and bank on a good total.

South African Cricket Team Middle Order Puts Up A Fight

Markram, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller have been in tremendous form regardless of the format they are playing.

South African Cricket Team Middle Order Puts Up A Fight

After Markram’s long stay at the wicket with Hendricks, Klaasen and Miller chipped in with 30 and 35 runs, respectively.

Though they did not go big as they usually do in late overs, they added important runs which allowed the visitors to reach a respectable total.

Had Wayne Parnell (16 off 22) and Keshaf Maharaj (5 off 13) too extended their stay and spanked a few boundaries in a flurry, the Proteas could have crossed the 300-run mark and given the hosts a run for their money.

Siraj Brings India Cricket Team Back Into 2th Of ODI 2022 Series

Muhammad Siraj did not have a good outing in the first game with bowling as well as his fielding, but the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowler made amends in the second ODI 2022.

In late overs, Siraj kept the South Africa cricket team batters in check and did not let them go big. This helped the Dhawan’s unit restrict Proteas to a total much lower than expected.

South African cricket team were looking to go beyond 300 runs at one point, but Siraj’s contribution primarily helped them hover below it. He first dismissed de Kock, then Hendricks in his middle overs, then Maharaj in the death overs.

Dhawan would’ve been a happy man with the right-arm quick’s performance since he delivered the goods whenever he was put on by his skipper. He ended his figures with 3/38, including a maiden in his 10 overs.

India Cricket Team Openers Disappoint Again

Both Dhawan and Shubman Gill were splendid in their last tour of Zimbabwe but they haven’t quite got going in this series.

Dhawan has had a pattern to which he falls. He often takes a lot of balls to get going in the powerplay and Gill then tries to get the run rate up and gets dismissed while trying to do so.

The captain was dismissed for 13 off 20 whereas Gill departed for 28 off 26.

The duo failed to make the most of the powerplay again, leaving a big task for the middle order.

Kishan-Iyer Duo Never Let South Africa Cricket Team Settle

After the openers fell early, Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer took charge and then never looked back. Kishan’s monstrous blows helped him reach 93 before Imaad Fortuin got him caught by Hendricks.

Kishan-Iyer Duo Never Let South Africa Cricket Team Settle

Unlike Kishan, Iyer carried his bat till the end. His 113* and Kishan’s knock accumulated a partnership of over 150 runs and there was nothing the South Africa cricket team bowlers could seemingly do to stop them.

While Iyer was trying to find gaps and tap the ball around to anchor the innings forward, Kishan was looking to go over the boundary to keep the bowlers in check.

“When I went in to bat, I spoke to Ishan and he was in the mindset to take on the bowlers. So we decided to play the ball on merit and see how it goes,” Iyer told the match presenters after picking up the Man of the Match award.

Iyer smacked a whopping 15 fours to add another big score to his golden run of form. In his last six ODIs, he has struck four half-centuries and a ton. His last six scores have been 80, 54, 63, 44, 50, and 113*.

If he continues such a run, he will give a good headache to the BCCI about making him a regular starter in the white-ball games even when the big guns, who are presently preparing for the T20 World Cup in Australia, are available for selection in future.

Captains Give Their Two Cents On Dew Factor

The dew generally doesn’t play a big role on the Ranchi wicket, but it unexpectedly did. Maharaj won the toss and batted first considering that the wicket will be harder to bat on for the later half of the game.

But, it was the other way around.

Once dew came in, it was hard for the South Africa cricket team bowlers to grip the ball and it began coming on nicely on the bat of the India cricket team's batters.

In the post-game interview, Dhawan had a cheeky response to the Proteas captain for reading the condition wrong.

“The toss worked perfectly, I am glad. Thanks to Keshav that he chose to bat (laughs),” he joked. “I must say that Ishan and Shreyas, the way they created that partnership was great to watch.”

Dhawan added: “The ball was coming on nicely but it was keeping low. So our plan was to take on the bowlers in the first ten overs.”

On the other hand, Maharaj admitted that the team did not expect to see dew in the second innings, but he did not take credit away from India cricket team's batsmen either.

“I think we didn't expect the dew to play such a big part, that's why we opted to bat after we won the toss. But credit to Shreyas and Sanju. We expected it to get slower and lower but after 20 overs the pitch got better,” the South Africa cricket team's skipper said.

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