2nd ODI, Paarl, January 21, 2022, India tour of South Africa
(48.1/50 ov, T:288) 288/3

South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
78 (66)
Full commentary

6.54pm: Right, that brings us to the end of the coverage for today's match. On behalf of Vishal and Chandan, this is Saurabh Somani signing off. Don't forget to join us for the final game on Sunday - the series may be decided, but the cricket could still provide sparkle.

Quinton de Kock is the Player of the Match: Nice to get out there and score a couple of runs for once. Lack of game-time catches up with players, so nice to be out there. The more I batted, the more I felt my rhythm was coming back. Me and Janneman have a good relationship out there. I was coming at the bowlers and he was just rotating strike to get me on strike. We have a great understanding. (Life as a father) It's been brief. Only had a chance to spend a couple of days at home. I think it's changed my view on life and just kids in general.

Temba Bavuma: Very happy. That was the objective for us starting the series, we wanted to win the series. We weren't expecting to do it after two games. Obviously great to have Quinny back, see him smiling in the team. He reminded us again why he's such a valuable player. I think as a team we have a lot of self-belief and confidence in our ability. We go out there and fight for one another. We really try to put in a real team effort. We don't really on superstars or one or two performances. Coming into this series, no one gave us much of a chance, so that really gave us motivation. We pride ourselves in our fast bowlers, but to see the spin bowlers bringing the game home for us, that really makes us a side to be reckoned with. (captaincy) I enjoy it. Have enjoyed it since I did it at domestic cricket. I try and see how I can serve and inspire others in the team. Fortunate that there's a lot of cricket brains in the team. That's a good thing. Sometimes it can be a bad thing, they can confuse you on the field! I think 3-0 sounds a lot better than 2-1, but in saying that, we'll enjoy the win today.

KL Rahul: They are playing some really good cricket at home and we are making mistakes as well in the middle. Good learning for us. Obviously not great to be on the losing side two games in a row. (Changes to your side?) Not with individuals but we're trying to get better at things we haven't done well in the past. I spoke about partnerships earlier. The middle order is crucial going into a big tournament. We want to get wickets in the middle, create pressure. (Pitches being subcontinental) Yes it does feel like one of the wickets at home. I don't think it was a pitch they could have chased down 280 that easily but credit to them, they batted well. They showed us the importance of partnerships and the importance of putting pressure early. (Positives) The way Virat and Shikhar batted in the first game. The way Rishabh batted today. Not easy to come in with two down. He's a really important member of the team. Shardul has been hitting the ball well at the end and he's showing us he can bat. Jasprit Bumrah is obviously phenonemenal. Continues to be the standout bowler of the team. I think the energy has been great, obviously it's really hot. Not saying it as an excuse but we haven't played 50 overs cricket in a long time. It's been tough on the body, staying in the bubbles. It's challenging, but I'm not saying we don't love challenges. Look ahead to the third game and try to win that one. Maybe a few changes, may not be, I can't say.

6.33pm: South Africa have eased to victory in remarkable fashion. The series is theirs, 2-0, with one game to play. India have looked ragged and bereft of spark and ideas, batting, bowling and fielding - with some exceptions. They would have thought before this tour that they had a good chance to win Tests and ODIs. They'll end up winning neither. A superb performance by South Africa. They didn't allow India to run away while batting - only Rishabh Pant could break free and he's pretty much out of syllabus for every bowler. Pant apart, there wasn't much cheer in the Indian batting, except for a good stand between Shardul Thakur and R Ashwin. KL Rahul will need to take a hard look at his batting approach at the top of the order. He got a fifty alright, but in a game where 288 is chased down in 48 overs, 55 off 79 won't do most times. For South Africa, the batters followed on the good work of the bowlers. Quinton de Kock was magnificent. He came out swinging, and connecting with pristine timing. Janneman Malan could afford to take his time to settle in due to de Kock's fireworks, and then he made it count too. Aiden Markram was short of runs, came out and played a nice cameo. Rassie van der Dussen just keeps piling on the runs. South Africa will be mighty pleased with this. They won the Test series as underdogs. Now they've won the ODI series as underdogs too. And they could even clean-sweep India.

Shreyas Iyer to Markram, 1 run

length ball spinning away from off, slapped to mid-off and they hustle a single. Markram dives full length in fact to make his crease. No direct hit anyway and that's a convincing win for South Africa.

one needed to win. So Shreyas gets the ball.

end of over 486 runs
SA: 287/3CRR: 5.97 RRR: 0.50 • Need 1 run from 12b
Rassie van der Dussen37 (38)
Aiden Markram36 (40)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 8-0-67-0
Jasprit Bumrah 10-0-37-1
Bhuvneshwar to van der Dussen, no run

and RvD offers a solid forward defensive to cover to end the over with just one needed for a win. Draws a giggle from QdK in the dressing room.

Bhuvneshwar to Markram, 1 run

length ball, punched to mid-off for a single. Scores level.

Bhuvneshwar to van der Dussen, 1 run

punched through cover

Mani: "Missing Rohit Sharma the batter or the captain or both ?" --- the batter always. Batters and bowlers have a much greater say on the outcome of a cricketing game than captains do (at the international level).

Bhuvneshwar to van der Dussen, 2 runs

back of a length on off, swatted through midwicket

Bhuvneshwar to Markram, 1 run

fuller, but still too straight, shows the full face of the bat in punching to long-on

Bhuvneshwar to van der Dussen, 1 run

fuller on the pads, clipped to long-on

Rohit : "I don't mind South Africa winning, they deserve it. But to see them do it without breaking sweat makes me sad. India has really been outplayed."

end of over 475 runs
SA: 281/3CRR: 5.97 RRR: 2.33 • Need 7 runs from 18b
Aiden Markram34 (38)
Rassie van der Dussen33 (34)
Jasprit Bumrah 10-0-37-1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 7-0-61-0
Bumrah to Markram, no run

another swing and a miss. Short of a length coming in, looks to pull, can't connect

Bumrah to van der Dussen, 1 run

yorker on off, dug out, rolls to long-on

Murari: "Who will be Man of the match ? Malan Or Markaram?" --- I'd give it to QdK.

Bumrah to Markram, 1 leg bye

dug in short, he goes to pull, under-edges it onto body and it rolls to third man

Bumrah to Markram, no run

attempted yorker ends up as a full toss, punched back to the bowler. no timing on that

Himanshu Khande: "This tour has brought back memories of that time when winning against SA was a very very tough task for India..I have grown up seeing India struggle against SA"

Bumrah to van der Dussen, 3 runs

gets room to punch this and beats the in-field through cover-point

Bumrah to van der Dussen, no run

back of a length comes back sharply into him, patted down near him in the legside

end of over 464 runs
SA: 276/3CRR: 6.00 RRR: 3.00 • Need 12 runs from 24b
Aiden Markram34 (35)
Rassie van der Dussen29 (31)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 7-0-61-0
Jasprit Bumrah 9-0-33-1
Bhuvneshwar to Markram, no run

yorker on off, squirted into the offside

Bhuvneshwar to Markram, 2 runs

attempted yorker is a full toss on off, driven to the bowler's left this time - his batting partner is to the right - bat turned a bit in the hand, and long-off has to run to his right to collect

Bhuvneshwar to van der Dussen, 1 run

goes across and picks the ball off his pad to deep square leg

MUHAMMAD MASHHO: "How difficult it's been to score against bumrah" --- extremely.

Bhuvneshwar to Markram, 1 run

fuller outside off, lofts the off-drive and it bounces down to long-off

Bhuvneshwar to Markram, no run

,b>drives it striaght into RvD. Attempted yorker, Markram shows the full face of the bat to drive it hard, but ends up hitting his batting partner in a particularly painful spot.

Bhuvneshwar to Markram, no run

swing and a miss. Length ball outside off, he was seeking to thwack it over cow corner, doesn't connect

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end of over 452 runs
SA: 272/3CRR: 6.04 RRR: 3.20 • Need 16 runs from 30b
Rassie van der Dussen28 (30)
Aiden Markram31 (30)
Jasprit Bumrah 9-0-33-1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 6-0-57-0
Bumrah to van der Dussen, no run

length ball outside off, cuts it to point

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