The injuries are a blessing and a curse for the Proteas, as they have robbed them of quality senior members of the squad, but it is the flawless opportunity for Ottis Gibson to blood a few young players to test the batting depth.
Though the numbers suggest that the Proteas are hard to beat here, it is certainly not impossible for a confident-looking India, to notch a win.
Kuldeep and Chahal have bamboozled the Proteas with their wrist-spin in a sequence of matches.
All in all, it was a complete performance from the Indians in the opener and come Wednesday, Mithali and her team would be eying an encore, which will hand them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Interestingly, Chahal’s figures were best by any Indian bowler on South African soil eclipsing Yuvraj Singh’s 4 for 6 against Namibia at Pietermaritzburg during the 2003 World Cup.
Twenty-three-year-old Aiden Markram’s worldwide leadership debut on his home ground should have been the stuff of dreams, but it quickly turned into a nightmare.
Brief Scores: Indian women 213/7 (Smriti Mandhana 84, Mithali Raj 45; Marizanne Kapp 2/26) beat South African women 125 (Dane van Niekerk 41, Marizanne Kapp 23; Jhulan 4/24, Shikha Pandey 3/23) by 88 runs.
South Africa have been ravaged by both wristspin and injury, and have already reached the point where they need to do something drastic to avoid a complete downhill spiral. The 26-year-old has an impressive average of 46.47 in First-Class cricket, and has earned renown as a six-hitter. South Africa only had one moment of success, when Kagiso Rabada had Rohit Sharma caught at fine leg off a bouncer in the fourth over.
Going into the third game, India is unlikely to tinker with the winning combination, which has excelled in all the departments. Experimentation should ideally happen after gaining winning, or least leveling the series.
South Africa will hope, though, that De Kock’s enforced break proves to be a blessing in disguise.
MS Dhoni is one dismissal away from 400 ODI dismissals.
South Africa suffered a huge blow after skipper Faf du Plessis was ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing One-Day International (ODI) series against India with a fractured finger, even as the tourists aim to exert pressure on the depleted hosts in the second match here on Sunday.
Editorial team of CricketCountry.