Rishabh Pant top-scored with 85 off 71 as India put up a wholesome 287 for six, batting first within the 2nd ODI of the three-match sequence in opposition to South Africa in Paarl. Pant and skipper KL Rahul (55 off 79) featured in a third-wicket stand of 115 to elevate India from 64 for two.
The center order once more stumbled as India went from 179 for two to 239 for six. Nonetheless, an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 48 between Shardul Thakur (40*) and Ravichandran Ashwin (25*) pushed India previous 280.
Earlier within the innings, whereas Pant was at his attacking greatest, Rahul performed a chancy knock as he was handed three lives. The Indian captain was dropped on 8 at gully off Lungi Ngidi’s bowling at first of the fifth over.
On 27, Rahul was concerned with a horrible mix-up with Pant as each batters discovered themselves at one finish. Keshav Maharaj, on the bowler’s finish, couldn’t gather the throw cleanly and Rahul survived relatively miraculously.
He had one other life on 46 as Aiden Markram spilled a catch at level. Rahul could not capitalize on the possibilities although, and perished after his half-century, caught off Sisanda Magala whereas trying a flick.
India received off to a superb begin as Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan (29) added 63 for the opening wicket. The latter fell to Markram, slog-sweeping the spinner to deep midwicket.
India have been dealt an enormous blow quickly after as Virat Kohli perished for a five-ball duck. The previous captain chipped left-arm spinner Maharaj straight to cowl as India threatened to concede the benefit once more.
Rishabh Pant to the rescue
Coming in at No. 4, Pant performed a wonderful knock, slamming 10 fours and two sixes. He was in his aspect from the beginning of his innings, slog-sweeping Maharaj for a most over wide-long on.
He took on Tabraiz Shamsi (2/57) within the twenty fourth over and clubbed him for 3 fours. The boundaries stored flowing for the 24-year-old as he eased to 50 off 43 balls. He second six additionally got here off Shamsi because the batter danced down the observe and lofted one over over long-on.
Nonetheless, the canny left-arm spinner had the final snort as Pant holed out to long-on whereas trying one other large hit. The southpaw’s dismissal proved to be a momentum-breaker as India misplaced their means after his dismissal.
Shreyas Iyer (11) was trapped lbw by Shamsi for 11, whereas Venkatesh Iyer (22) was stumped off Andile Phehlukwayo in an identical method to how Pant was dismissed within the 1st ODI.
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India have been at risk of being bowled out however Thakur and Ashwin batted sensibly to provide the guests some momentum heading into the break.