In the second ODI versus India, what dismounted the Proteas at Supersport Park in South Africa was the Indian spinners’ attack. The Indian bowlers wreaked havoc on the South African batting lineup.
The spinners bowled so accurately that the batsmen lost their wickets, one after another. The host lost their first four wickets for a paltry 12 runs off 26 balls.
This was how the match began. Later, South Africa managed to score 118 – their lowest total in ODIs on home soil, and also their eighth-lowest on the whole.
Indian cricketers, who seemed to lack form in the previously concluded Test series, now appear to have regained their abilities. This outcome must have pleased Virat Kohli. The opponent team struggled in the absence of the South African captain Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers. Indian cricket fans were happy. Markram and his team felt the sting of consecutive defeats.
Even the game experts analysing the match on television channels sang praises of the spin bowlers.
The disappointment on the face of the South African cricket team’s captain was worth noticing. This was the 23-year-old Aiden Markram’s first time leading his team on home soil but it turned into a nightmare.
Sadly for him, his efforts to stop the Indian team from reaching their target were a complete failure.