South Africa bundled out for 118 versus India in Centurion    AFP
South Africa bundled out for 118 versus India in Centurion AFP

South Africa came into the second ODI, at Centurion, 0-1 down in the six-match series versus India. They were without regular skipper, Faf du Plessis, and AB de Villiers continued to sit out due to finger injury. Stand-in captain, Aiden Markram had a big task ahead. However, he would have never imagined the side to concede the match with 177 balls remaining. This, in turn, became South Africa’s fourth biggest defeat overall (in terms of balls to spare), and biggest at home.

Losing the toss, Markram and co. were never in it courtesy Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav’s wrist spin. They duo shared eight wickets in between, as South Africans looked completely clueless in the middle. From 51 for 1, they were reduced to 51 for 4. In addition, they went from 99 for 4 to 118 all-out (second lowest total versus India). In the end, India walked away with a spirited 9-wicket win.

‘Have to lead from the front’

Markram, in the post-match conference, stated, “Not the best performance. Today we’ll have to be honest with ourselves. Got a couple of days to turn it around in Cape Town. Not ideal. Couple of soft options starting with myself. Have to lead from the front. Have to remain positive now. Started off with good intensity with the ball. We’ll come hard in Cape Town. Can’t afford slip-ups now. Might bring out the best from us now.”

‘It was a learning experience’

“It was eye opening definitely. But it might just bring out the best in our squad and might bring some fight into the game. So I’m looking forward to seeing how the guys react. Obviously the guys are very upset and disappointed. But the beauty of it is that everyone’s disappointed in themselves. That’s where the culture stands out and it stands strong. Each player will look to get better now going forward.”