Hi folks! Welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog of the second One-Day International (ODI) between India and South Africa at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Wednesday. I am Shiamak Unwalla, and it will be my pleasure to bring you the live cricket scores and live cricket updates of the second ODI cricket match between India and South Africa in the ongoing Gandhi-Mandela Series 2015. South Africa lead the five-match ODI series 1-0 after they registered a narrow five-run win in the first clash, on October 11 at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. For India, it will be very important to bounce back and level the series as yet another South African win will pile up pressure on them. Catch Live Cricket Scorecard of India (IND) vs South Africa (SA) 2nd ODI at Indore here

WHAT A MATCH! MS Dhoni has had a magnificent day in the office. First with the bat, he scored an invaluable 92 not out to guide India to 247 for 9. He then shepherded his team on the field, showing his trademark calmness even in the most high-pressure situations. For once, India did not lose the little moments; they fielded brilliantly, caught well, and did not bowl too many loose balls (barring Umesh Yadav). India managed to win their first match on this tour. It remains to be seen who the Man of the Match is, but really it’s a forgone conclusion, given the day Dhoni has had in the office. In case you missed out on any of the live action, you can catch Rishad D’Souza’s match report here: India hold nerve to seal dramatic win against South Africa in 2nd ODI at Indore


LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 225 (Target: 248) | Overs 43.4 | Kagiso Rabada 19(23) | Bhuvneshwar Kumar again. DOT. Inside edge to the ‘keeper! Tahir survives. OUT! And that’s the wicket India wanted! Tahir has feathered the edge, Dhoni took the catch! FOUR! What a shot from Morkel! Straight drive down the ground, this is an outstanding shot! OUT! INDIA HAVE WON! Morkel edges this to Raina at slip, who takes a stunning catch! OUT! Imran Tahir 9(12) c MS Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar Kumar, OUT! Morne Morkel 4(2) c Suresh Raina b Bhuvneshwar Kumar

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 221/8 (Target: 248) | Overs 43 | Kagiso Rabada 19(23), Imran Tahir 9(10) | Umesh Yadav continues. DOT. Play and miss from Rabada. DOT. Played to the fielder. FOUR! Over cover this time, and Rabada frees his arms.  DOT. Played to mid on. FOUR! On the leg side, and that’s down the fine leg boundary! DOT. Played to the bowler.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 213/8 (Target: 248) | Overs 42 | Kagiso Rabada 11(17), Imran Tahir 9(10) | Bhuvmeshwar Kumar continues. DOT. Rabada plays to the fielder. DOT. Play and miss. ONE. Quick single. ONE. Played to deep cover. ONE. Quick single again. DOT. Played to the fielder.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 210/8 (Target: 248) | Overs 41 | Kagiso Rabada 9(13), Imran Tahir 8(8) | Umesh Yadav again. DOT. Tahir plays to the fielder. ONE. Played to third man. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Defended to the fielder by Tahir. DOT. Play and miss. DOT. Played to the fielder.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 208/8 (Target: 248) | Overs 40 | Kagiso Rabada 8(12), Imran Tahir 6(3) | Harbhajan Singh to bowl out now. DOT. Rabada defends. ONE. Down to long off. OUT! Bhajji strangles Bheardien down the leg side! Can you believe it, that’s a feather of an edge! WIDE. Down leg. DOT. Tahir defends. SIX! Tahir slogs one over midwicket! ONE.. Played to the fielder. OUT! Farhaan Behardien 18(33) c MS Dhoni b Harbhajan Singh

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 199/7 (Target: 248) | Overs 39 | Farhaan Behardien 18(32), Kagiso Rabada 7(10) | Umesh Yadav again. TWO. Played to third man. ONE. Another easy single. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Defended with a straight bat. ONE. Played to the fielder. DOT. Played to the fielder.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 195/7 (Target: 248) | Overs 38 | Farhaan Behardien 15(29), Kagiso Rabada 6(7) | Mohit Sharma again. DOT. No run for that. ONE. Another single. FOUR! Kagiso Rabada plays the most glorious cover drive you can imagine! What a shot! DOT. Missed outside off. ONE. Quick single again. ONE. Down to long on.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 188/7, target 248 | Overs 37 | Farhaan Behardien 13(26), Kagiso Rabada 1(4) | Back comes Umesh Yadav. OUT! Steyn mistimes that completely, the ball loops in air to the left of cover, Kohli runs to his left and takes a well-judged catch! ONE. Kagiso Rabada walks out and steers to deep third-man, easy run. ONE. Behardien flicks, he neds to be there till the end. DOT. Bang on target, Rabada pushes to mid-on. DOT. Slashes outside off and misses. DOT. Plays to cover, another excellent over. OUT! Dale Steyn c Virat Kohli b Umesh Yadav 13 (15)!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 186/6, target 248 | Overs 36 | Farhaan Behardien 12(25), Dale Steyn 13(15) | Harbhajan Singh continues. DOT. On the pads, Behardien tucks to the leg, no run. LEG-BYE. Ditto, Behardien manages to get his pad, that one trickles to fine-leg, they run. DOT. Length ball, Steyn goes on the back-foot and plays back to Harbhajan. ONE. On-drives for an easy run, maybe get a fielder or two inside the circle? DOT. On-drives, WOW stuff from Harbhajan, dives full-length to stop that. DOT. Plays back to Harbhajan, good over.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 184/6 | Overs 35 | Farhaan Behardien 12(21), Dale Steyn 12(13) | Mohit Sharma again. TWO. Misfield at mid on allows the second. DOT. Played back to the bowler. ONE. Steyn plays a good straight drive for a single. DOT. Played to cover. ONE. Played to the leg side. DOT. Bouncer to end with.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 181/6 | Overs 34 | Farhaan Behardien 10(18), Dale Steyn 11(10) | Harbhajan Singh now. DOT. Steyn defends. SIX! What a shot! Steyn gives Bhajji some taste of his own medicine! FOUR. Googly, outside edge, past slip, and four! DOT. Well fielded at short leg. DOT. Defended. DOT. Defended.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 171/6 | Overs 33 | Farhaan Behardien 10(18), Dale Steyn 1(4) | Mohit Sharma again. OUT! GONE! THAT’S A MASSIVE WICKET! AB de Villiers is back in the hut! Steyn is in. DOT. No run. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Hit to the fielder again. ONE. Played to third man. TWO. Played to square leg. OUT! AB de Villiers 17(16) c Virat Kohli b Mohit Sharma

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 163/5 | Overs 32 | AB de Villiers 17(16), Farhaan Behardien 6(14) | Harbhajan Singh comes on now. DOT. Played back to the bowler. ONE. Tucked away to fine leg. ONE. Played to the fielder. ONE. Worked away. DOT. Played to the bowler. ONE. Played to long on.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 163/5 | Overs 31 | AB de Villiers 17(16), Farhaan Behardien 6(14) | Mohit Sharma continues. ONE. Behardien tucks it around the corner for a single. FOUR. ABdV works it off his pads for a boundary! DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Defended again. SIX! What a shot! Smashed over long off!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 152/5 | Overs 30 | AB de Villiers 7(11), Farhaan Behardien 5(13) | Akshar Patel again. DOT. Behadrien defends. DOT. Action replay. ONE. Played to square leg. ONE. Played to the outfield. ONE. Behardien takes another single. Last ball now. DOT. To the fielder.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 149/5 | Overs 29 | AB de Villiers 6(8), Farhaan Behardien 3(9) | Bhuvneshwar Kumar again. ONE. ABdV takes a single, 100 to win now. DOT. Behardien defends. ONE. Quick single taken. DOT. No run, straight to the fielder. DOT. ABdV defends. DOT. Played to the fielder.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 147/5 | Overs 28 | AB de Villiers 5(6), Farhaan Behardien 2(7) | Akshar Patel continues. ONE. Streaky single there, ABdV gets to the other end. DOT. Behardien defends. ONE. Played to square leg. ONE. Played to cover. ONE. Down to square leg again. ONE. Played to long off.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 142/5 | Overs 27 | AB de Villiers 2(2), Farhaan Behardien 0(4) | Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues. ONE. ABdV takes a single. OUT! It’s all unravelling here for South Africa now, Miller is back in the hut! In comes Farhaan Behardien. DOT. No run. DOT. And another dot ball to mount the pressure. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Another edge, but just short of Dhoni this time! OUT! David Miller 0(1) c MS Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar Kumar

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 141/4 | Overs 26 | AB de Villiers 1(1) | Akshar Patel again. DOT. Played back to the bowler by Faf. DOT. Played back to him again. ONE. Played to long off. ONE. Played to point. DOT. Played to cover. OUT! Just like that, Faf is gone! Reminiscent of Rahane’s out-of-the-blue wicket! OUT! Faf du Plessis 51(56) c Virat Kohli b Akshar Patel

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 139/3 | Overs 25 | Faf du Plessis 50(51), AB de Villiers 0(0) | Out walks ABdV! Bhuvneshwar Kumar is in to bowl. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. And again, to the fielder. DOT. That one leaped up! Faf lucky to survive. FOUR! That is pure class! Faf drives through cover. ONE. Faf sprints for a tight run, gets his 50!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 134/3 | Overs 24 | Faf du Plessis 45(45) | Akshar Patel again. ONE. Faf drives nicely. ONE. Played to cover. ONE. Churning it over. DOT. JP can’t get it away. DOT. Played to the fielder. GONE! THAT’S WHAT INDIA NEEDED! OUT! JP Duminy 36(46) LBW Akshar Patel

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 131/2 | Overs 23 | Faf du Plessis 43(43), JP Duminy 35(42) | Umesh Yadav again. FOUR! Faf greets him with a pull through midwicket! ONE. Played to midwicket. FOUR. Inside edge to fine leg, JP survives! DOT. No run. DOT. Played to point. FOUR. Short, and JP pulls through square leg.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 118/2 | Overs 22 | Faf du Plessis 38(41), JP Duminy 27(38) | Suresh Raina returns. ONE. JP plays it to long on. ONE. Played to long on. DOT. And another single down the ground. FOUR. Faf is batting beautifully. DOT. Played to the bowler. ONE. Down the ground again.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 110/2 | Overs 21 | Faf du Plessis 32(37), JP Duminy 25(36) | Umesh Yadav continues. ONE. JP plays it to cover. DOT. Faf plays it to cover. ONE. Played to square leg. ONE. Poor ball on leg, JP gets it to fine leg. FOUR. Faf dismisses that one through midwicket! ONE. India leak runs again.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 103/2 | Overs 20 | Faf du Plessis 27(33), JP Duminy 24(34) | Suresh Raina is introduced into the attack. ONE. Faf plays the scoop shot. TWO. Now JP scoops it. TWO. Yet another scoop, and these two are making it look really easy. ONE. And another one. FOUR! Faf finds the fence again! DOT. No run to end with.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 93/2 | Overs 19 | Faf du Plessis 22(30), JP Duminy 19(31) | Mohit Sharma again. DOT. JP plays to the fielder. ONE. Short ball, and JP pulls it away. THREE. Lovely shot, great fielding. Good cricket all-round. ONE, LEG BYE. ONE. Great running from Faf, he set off as soon as he played it. DOT. Played to the fielder.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 86/2 | Overs 18 | Faf du Plessis 18(28), JP Duminy 18(27) | Akshar Patel gets a change of ends. ONE. Played to long on by Faf. ONE. Nicely played. DOT. Good ball. FOUR. What happened there? Rohit tried to pass the ball onto Umesh, but it spins into the boundary. DOT. ONE. Nicely played. ONE. Down to long on.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 79/2 | Overs 17 | Faf du Plessis 12(24), JP Duminy 16(25) | Mohit Sharma is in now. DOT. Played and missed outside off by JP. DOT. Played off the back foot. ONE. Played to square leg. DOT. Played to point. ONE. Quick single to mid off. DOT. Defended back to the bowler.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 77/2 | Overs 16 | Faf du Plessis 11(22), JP Duminy 15(21) | Harbhajan Singh again. DOT. Played to fine leg. ONE. Played to long on. ONE. Oh dear, just wide of the man cover. ONE. Down to long off. ONE. Played to long on. DOT. Defended.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 73/2 | Overs 15 | Faf du Plessis 9(18), JP Duminy 13(19) | Akashar Patel again. ONE. Faf takes a single. ONE. Another for JP. ONE. Another. ONE. And another. DOT. Finally a dot. ONE. Five off that one.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 68/2 | Overs 14 | Faf du Plessis 6(14), JP Duminy 11(17) | First ball by is tapped by Harbhajan to the leg side by JP Duminy for a single. Faf cuts the next for another single. Duminy guides the next to sqaure leg but no run. Uses his feet next ball to hit it wide of square leg for a single.  Guided to leg side for a another single. And JP Duminy does the same next delivery. Five runs of that over.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 63/2 | Overs 13 | Faf du Plessis 3(10), JP Duminy 9(14) | Akshar Patel again. DOT. JP Defends. ONE. Played to long on. ONE. Played to the deep off the back foot. DOT. Defended by JP. DOT. JP plays it to the fielder. DOT. Another tidy over.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 61/2 | Overs 12 | Faf du Plessis 2(9), JP Duminy 8(10) | Harbhajan continues. DOT. Left outside off. DOT. Beaten all ends up, Dhoni whips off the bails, but JP was in. TWO. Swept away for two. DOT. Big turn for Bhajji, JP leaves it alone. ONE. Good batting from JP, quick single taken. DOT. Played to the fielder.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 58/2 | Overs 11 | Faf du Plessis 2(8), JP Duminy 5(5) | Akshar Patel again. DOT. Faf defends. DOT. Defended again by Faf. ONE. Played to fine leg. DOT. JP defends. ONE. Played to long on. Last ball now. DOT. Faf steps out but can’t get it away.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 56/2 | Overs 10 | Faf du Plessis 1(4), JP Duminy 4(3) | Harbhajan Singh again. FOUR! That’s an aggressive shot from QdK! Takes Bhajji on, goes over midwicket. DOT. Defended well. OUT! QdK tries to go over the off side, but he picks out the fielder! India are not out of the match yet! DOT. JP leaves it outside off. FOUR! Bit of width, and JP finds the fence! DOT. Left outside off. OUT! Quinton de Kock 34(36) c Mohit Sharma b Harbhajan Singh

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 48/1 | Overs 9 | Quinton de Kock 30(33), Faf du Plessis 1(4) | Akshar Patel again. DOT. Played to midwicket. DOT. Cramped for room. FOUR. Cut away past point, fine shot. DOT. Good ball again. DOT. Played back to the bowler, who throws the ball to the ‘keeper. ONE. Played down the ground.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 43/1 | Overs 8 | Quinton de Kock 25(27), Faf du Plessis 1(4) | DOT. QdK plays it. ONE. Single there. Harbhajan Singh again. DOT. Faf can’t get it away. ONE. Faf gets it down the ground. DOT. Played to point, but in the air. ONE. QdK gets one to fine leg.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 40/1 | Overs 7 | Quinton de Kock 23(23), Faf du Plessis 0(2) | Akshar Patel again. DOT. Nicely played by Hash. FOUR. Amla takes him on, and smacks it over cow corner! DOT. Nicely played. OUT! Hash looks to step out, misses it altogether! In walks Faf. DOT. No run. DOT. Huge appeal, but going down leg. OUT! Hashim Amla 17(17) st MS Dhoni b Akshar Patel

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 36/0 | Overs 6 | Hashim Amla 13(13), Quinton de Kock 23(23) | Here comes Bhajji! DOT. QdK defends. DOT. Played to point. Bhajji bowling it nice and slow. ONE. Played to mid off. ONE. Those silken wrists of Hash! ONE. Easy singles on offer, QdK says thank you. ONE. Hash takes a single to end with.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 32/0 | Overs 5 | Hashim Amla 11(10), Quinton de Kock 21(19) | Bhuvi again. DOT. Nicely timed, but back to the bowler. DOT. Played to mid off. DOT. Played back to the bowler. THREE. Misfield allows the third. Should have been a dot ball. DOT. Hash defends. DOT. Played to the fielder.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 29/0 | Overs 4 | Hashim Amla 11(8), Quinton de Kock 18(15) | Umesh Yadav again. DOT. Dropped! But that was a great effort from Rohit. Umesh started celebrating too. QdK hit it wide of Rohit, but he dove and took the catch. It popped out of his hand as he landed. FOUR. QdK smacks it down long off. TWO. Leading edge into the gap. ONE. Played to mid on. Hash on strike. ONE. Played to mid on. FOUR. Lovely timing though midwicket!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 18/0 | Overs 3 | Hashim Amla 7(7), Quinton de Kock 11(11) | Bhuvi again. ONE. QdK plays to backward point. Misfield by Akshar allows the single. DOT. Stifled appeal for LBW against Hash. ONE. Easysingle. FOUR. Poor stuff again from Bhuvi. On QdK’s pads. ONE. Played to mid on. DOT. Defended.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 11/0 | Overs 2 | Hashim Amla 6(4), Quinton de Kock 5(8) | Umesh Yadav starts from the other end. FOUR. Hash gobbles these up, slashed to third man for a boundary. ONE. Down to fine leg. DOT. Good pace, QdK is beaten. DOT. Played to mid off. DOT. Thrashed to cover but no run. ONE. Played to mid off.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 5/0 | Overs 1 | Hashim Amla 1(2), Quinton de Kock 4(4) | Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts off to the Mighty Hash. DOT. Played to cover. ONE. Single to third man. FOUR. Poor ball, four to square leg. DOT. QdK defends. DOT. Defends again. DOT. Played to midwicket.


INNINGS BREAK: MS Dhoni shut down his detractors with remarkable grace en route to a wonderful unbeaten 92 off 86 balls. India were languishing at 125 for 6 after 30 overs. From there to get to 247 for 9 is commendable, and all credit deserves to go to Dhoni. The question is, will this be enough? Without Ravichandran Ashwin or Amit Mishra, it might not be. In case you missed any of the action, you can read Rishad D’Souza’s match report here: India revived by MS Dhoni unbeaten 92 to post respectable 247/9 against South Africa in 2nd ODI at Indore.


LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 247/9 | Overs 50 | MS Dhoni 92(86), Mohit Sharma 0(1) | Kagiso Rabada to bowl the last over to MS Dhoni. AGAIN. DOT. Can’t make good enough connection. DOT. Again can’t connect properly. Doesn’t take the run. DOT. Very, very good bowling from Rabada. This is exceptional death bowling. DOT. This time makes decent connection, but still denies the run. DOT. This is a magnificent over once again from Rabada. SIX! Dhoni finally makes connection, but this was a wonderful final over from Rabada!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 241/9 | Overs 49 | MS Dhoni 86(80), Mohit Sharma 0(1) | Dale Steyn again. DOT. Dhoni gets it down to long on. Doesn’t run. FOUR. This is vintage Dhoni! Through long off! DOT. Played to mid off. Again he doesn’t run. FOUR! Short ball, pulled away again! ONE. Dhoni finally trusts Mohit to face a ball. DOT. Mohit defends.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 232/9 | Overs 48 | MS Dhoni 77(75), Mohit Sharma 0(0) | All eyes on MSD. What can he do? WIDE. Way down leg. DOT. Dhoni punches to cover, denies the run. DOT. And again, he prefers to keep strike. DOT. Played to the fielder, again no run. FOUR! Dhoni hits that one over long off! Trademark Dhoni! WIDE. Down leg again. DOT. Played back to the bowler. ONE. Single to mid on.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 225/9 | Overs 47 | MS Dhoni 72(69) | Dale Steyn again. Bhajji on strike. DOT. Play and a miss. FOUR. Short and wide, and Bhajji smacks it over cover! OUT! Bhajji has to walk back, but it has been a good knock. He has done his job. Out walks a man who recently scored his first First-Class century, Umesh Yadav. DOT. He defends. FOUR! Short ball, and Umesh shows that his confidence is sky-high by pulling that away. OUT! And another one down. Poor match awareness from Umesh. OUT! Harbhajan Singh 22(22) c Quinton de Kock b Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav 4(3) c Quinton de Kock b Dale Steynn

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 217/7 | Overs 46 | MS Dhoni 72(69), Harbhajan Singh 18(19) | Morne Morkel again. ONE. Bhajji gets it away for a single. DOT. Straight to the man at point. ONE. Easy single for Dhoni. Bhajji would like to get one off the meat of the bat now. ONE. Good shot from Bhajji, but just a single. That’s the 50 partnership. ONE. Quick single to point again. ONE. Bhajji slogs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 212/7 | Overs 45 | MS Dhoni 70(66), Harbhajan Singh 15(16) | ONE. Bhajji races through for one, but would have been run out had it been a direct hit. FOUR. Dhoni works it down fine leg. That’s the 200 up as well. WIDE. Down leg. TWO. Dhoni is running like a stallion. SIX! Did someone say Dhoni doesn’t deserve to be in the team? That one was way over long on! ONE. Quick single for Bhajji.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 196/7 | Overs 44 | MS Dhoni 57(62), Harbhajan Singh 13(14) | Morne Morkel again. ONE. Dhoni cuts to point. DOT. Extra bounce, and Bhajji can’t make contact. ONE. Bhajji smashes it to the fielder, who misfields it. DOT. Dhoni tries to work it away on the leg side but misses. ONE, LEG BYE. Played to fine leg. ONE. Another single.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 192/7 | Overs 43 | MS Dhoni 56(59), Harbhajan Singh 11(11) | JP Duminy comes on again. SIX! Dhoni brings up his 50 with a six! DOT. Dhoni targetted another big shot but saw it dip on him. ONE. Easy single, what can Bhajji do now? FOUR! Bhajji slogs and finally connects! SIX! That is about 25 rows back! Bhajji finally gets in in his arc! Last ball now. DOT. Bhajji offers it some respect.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 175/7 | Overs 42 | MS Dhoni 49(56), Harbhajan Singh 1(8) | Morne Morkel comes on now. DOT. Bhajji defends. DOT. Played to the leg side. ONE. Bhajji slogs to midwicket for one. ONE. Dhoni pulls it to fine leg, but Tahir just about manages to stop it. He moves to 49 now. DOT. Slower ball and slogged and missed. Typical Bhajji. DOT. Another swing and miss.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 173/7 | Overs 41 | MS Dhoni 48(55), Harbhajan Singh 0(3) | Kagiso Rabda again. FOUR! Dhoni pulls and gets a boundary to square leg! DOT. Dhoni plays it away on the leg side. FOUR. Dhoni is reminding every single one of his detractors just how vital he is to Team India. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Dhoni looking to pull, but QdK does well to stop it. DOT. No run to end with.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 165/7 | Overs 40 | MS Dhoni 40(49), Harbhajan Singh 0(3) | Imran Tahir again. DOT. Bhuvi cuts to point but no run. DOT. Played to the fielder. OUT! Tahir you beauty! Bhuvi departs after playing a good hand. Bhajji comes in. DOT. Played back to the bowler. DOT. Played to fine leg. DOT. Wicket maiden for the Olympic sprinter! OUT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar 14(32) b Imran Tahir

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 165/6 | Overs 39 | MS Dhoni 40(49), Bhuvneshwar Kumar 14(29) | Here comes Kagiso Rabada. ONE, NO BALL. Dhoni takes another quick single. Oops, it was a no ball. Bhuvi gets a free hit. ONE. Bhuvi tries to slog, gets a top edge, and they cross over. Not much harm done for South Africa. DOT. Dhoni plays it to the fielder at point. ONE. WIDE. Rabada a bit wayward this over. ONE. Another easy single. ONE. Clipped to fine leg. DOT. No run to end with.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 159/6 | Overs 38 | MS Dhoni 38(44), Bhuvneshwar Kumar 12(27) | Imran Tahir again. ONE. Bhuvi gets a single. ONE. Dhoni hits it to long off. ONE. Bhuvi looking every bit a top order batsman! That was just a single but in complete control of that drive. Remember, Bhuvi and Dhoni had a massive partnership against Australia in a Test at Chennai when Dhoni got his only Test double ton. ONE. Quick single. DOT. Bhuvi defends. DOT. Defends again.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 155/6 | Overs 37 | MS Dhoni 36(42), Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10(23) | JP Duminy again. ONE. MSD takes another single. FOUR! Bhuvi sweeps and finds the boundary at fine leg! ONE. Played to fine leg. DOT. Dhoni misses, but his back leg is again behind the crease. WIDE. WAy down leg. SIX! Welcome back, Mr Dhoni! HUGE! MASSIVE! DOT. No run to end with.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 142/6 | Overs 36 | MS Dhoni 28(36), Bhuvneshwar Kumar 6(22) | Imran Tahir again. DOT. Tahir bowling quite well. ONE. Bhuvi gets it down the long on. DOT. Played to point. ONE. Dhoni gets another. ONE. Quick single to fine leg. ONE. Dhoni runs another quick single to end the over.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 138/6 | Overs 35 | MS Dhoni 27(34), Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3(18) | JP Duminy continues. DOT. Bhuvi can’t get it away. DOT. Played to the fielder again. ONE. Swung away to the deep. Bhuvi continues to impress. DOT. Dhoni misses one outside off. DOT. Well bowled again. DOT. Played to the fielder.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 137/6 | Overs 34 | MS Dhoni 27(32), Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2(15) | Morne Morkel again. DOT. No run again for Bhuvi. DOT. Bhuvi keeps another one out with consummate ease. DOT. Left alone again. ONE. Played one off his pads to fine leg. TWO. Dhoni plays it down to long on.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 134/6 | Overs 33 | MS Dhoni 25(31), Bhuvneshwar Kumar 0(8) | JP Duminy again. ONE. Down the leg side. ONE. Bhuvi is off the mark. DOT. Dhoni steps out but misses. His back leg was still behind the line though. DOT. Dhoni defends. DOT. Played to the fielder.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 132/6 | Overs 32 | MS Dhoni 23(26), Bhuvneshwar Kumar 0(8) | Dale Steyn again. DOT. Dhoni defends. DOT. Played to the fielder. TWO. Dhoni drives beautifully for a couple. TWO. Another good shot from Dhoni, pulled to square leg. WIDE. Down leg again. ONE. Played to midwicket. DOT. Bhuvi defends solidly again.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 126/6 | Overs 31 | MS Dhoni 19(22), Bhuvneshwar Kumar 0(6) | JP Duminy again. DOT. Dhoni can’t get it away. ONE. Played to long on. DOT. Bhuvi defends. DOT. Bhuvi defends again. DOT. Bhuvi once again defends.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 125/6 | Overs 30 | MS Dhoni 18(20), Bhuvneshwar Kumar 0(3) | Dale Steyn again. DOT. Play and miss from Dhoni. ONE. Played to fine leg. OUT! Akshar taken out by Steyn. WIDE. Down leg. REMINDER: India’s lowest score against SA at home is 185. They might break their own record. DOT. Bhuvi defends. DOT. Bhuvi looks quite solid at the moment. Which is a sad thing to say, given that he is batting in the 30th over. DOT. Left alone. OUT! Akshar Patel 13(27) LBW b Dale Steyn

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 123/5 | Overs 29 | MS Dhoni 17(18), Akshar Patel 13(26) | JP Duminy continues. DOT. Akshar plays it back to the bowler. ONE. Single to mid off. DOT. Played back to the bowler. ONE. Dhoni gets one to long on. DOT. Played on the leg side. SIX! Akshar makes his highest ODI score.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 115/5 | Overs 28 | MS Dhoni 16(16), Akshar Patel 6(22) | Dale Steyn again. DOT. Akshar manages to put bat on ball. DOT. Akshar Defends. DOT. Akshar swings and misses. DOT. The best shot Akshar has played today goes to the fielder. DOT. Akshar defends. ONE. Once again Akshar denies Dhoni the strike.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 114/5 | Overs 27 | MS Dhoni 16(16), Akshar Patel 5(16) | DOT. JP Duminy comes on, Akshar blocks. ONE. Akshar drives to long-on, black to MSD. DOT. Dhoni flicks to short mid-wicket. ONE. Easy single to long-on. DOT. Akshar blocks again, good variation of length from Duminy. ONE. Drives to long-on.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 111/5 | Overs 26 | MS Dhoni 15(14), Akshar Patel 3(12) | Kagiso Rabada on. DOT. Akshar Patel plays on the back-foot. DOT. Akshar leg-glances, sets off, but Dhoni sends him back; a direct hit would have got him! DOT. Rabada bounces, Akshar pulls, but straight to square-leg. ONE. Plays to third-man, one gets the feeling the pressure was getting to Akshar, he’s off-strike now. DOT. Dhoni defends. FOUR! Short-pitched, and Dhoni guides it nonchalantly to the fine-leg fence, India needed that!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 106/5 | Overs 25 | MS Dhoni 11(12), Akshar Patel 2(8) | Imran Tahir again. DOT. Akshar defends. DOT. Played to the fielder on the leg side. DOT. Defended on the off side. DOT. Played back to the bowler. DOT. Akshar can’t get the ball off the square. ONE. Played to long off.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 105/5 | Overs 24 | MS Dhoni 11(12), Akshar Patel 1(2) | Morne Morkel continues. ONE. Dhoni takes a quick single. WIDE. Down the leg side. DOT. That went through everyone! DOT. Played to point. OUT! Raina feathers one on the leg side through to the ‘keeper. India are fast unravelling. DOT. Akshar can’t put bat to ball. ONE. Played to fine leg. OUT! Suresh Raina 0(5) c Quinton de Kock b Morne Morkel

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 102/4 | Overs 23 | MS Dhoni 10(11), Suresh Raina 0(2) | Imran Tahir continues. DOT. No run for MSD. ONE. Played to long on. DOT. Played to mid on. OUT! Tahir bowled him ’round the legs! DOT. Raina plays it to the leg side. DOT. Raina defends. OUT! Ajinkya Rahane 51(63) b Imran Tahir

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 101/3 | Overs 22 | Ajinkya Rahane 51(61), MS Dhoni 9(9) | Morne Morkel comes back into the attack. ONE. Rahane plays to third man. TWO. Dhoni streaks through for a couple. “This is trademark Dhoni,” says Harsha Bhogle on commentary. ONE. Just a single for MSD. FOUR! Rahane plays a wonderfully unique shot; he has upper cut that off the middle of the bat to fine leg! That’s also his 50! DOT. Played to point. DOT. Defended away.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 93/3 | Overs 21 | Ajinkya Rahane 46(57), MS Dhoni 6(7) | Imran Tahir continues. ONE. Rahane takes the single. The Indore crowd chant Dhoni’s name. ONE. Played to fine leg. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Played to mid on. DOT. Played to the man at square leg. ONE. Single to the leg side off the last ball.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 90/3 | Overs 20 | Ajinkya Rahane 44(52), MS Dhoni 5(6) | Here comes the run out man, Farhaan Behardien! ONE. MSD plays it to fine leg. DOT. Rahane plays it to cover. ONE. Played to cover by Rahane. TWO.Dhoni plays it to point. This is the best chance for Dhoni to prove just how effective he can be in the middle overs. DOT. Defended to the bowler. DOT. Played to the fielder.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 82/3 | Overs 18 | Ajinkya Rahane 41(46) | Dale Steyn continues. ONE. Kohli drives it down the ground, he is looking solid again. DOT. Good ball. TWO. Good timing from Rahane, he gets a couple to square leg. ONE. Rahane plays to third man. ONE. Kohli drives to long off. TWO, RUN OUT. What is happening here? Rahane is dropped and Kohli is run out. What on earth happened there? Rahane was put down. Kohli wanted to take two, Rahane didn’t even leave. Kohli gets run out. DOT. Rahane defends. ONE. Played to long on. ONE. Dhoni plays it to long off to get off the mark. OUT! Virat Kohli 12(18) run out Farhaan Behardien

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 76/2 | Overs 17 | Ajinkya Rahane 37(42), Virat Kohli 9(15) | Imran Tahir again. ONE. Kohli works it away on the leg side. ONE. Rahane plays it down the ground. ONE. Down to long on again to Kohli. DOT. Defended with a straight bat. ONE. Down to long on again. ONE. Full toss played to long on again.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 71/2 | Overs 16 | Ajinkya Rahane 35(39), Virat Kohli 7(13) | Dale Steyn comes back on now. DOT. Kohli defends off the back foot. TWO. Good running from Kohli, played to point and called immediately. DOT. Defended off the back foot. DOT. Driven well but to the fielder by Kohli. ONE. Kohli drives to cover. DOT. Hit to the fielder.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 68/2 | Overs 15 | Ajinkya Rahane 35(38), Virat Kohli 4(8) | Imran Tahir comes on now. DOT. Rahane defends. ONE. Rahane pulls, but without much timing. ONE. Played to midwicket again. ONE. Tucked away to fine leg by Rahane. DOT. Defends off the back foot. ONE. Kohli smacks one to long on for one.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 64/2 | Overs 14 | Ajinkya Rahane 33(35), Virat Kohli 2(5) | JP Duminy continues. ONE. Rahane plays it away for an easy single. ONE. Kohli is off the mark with a single to long on. ONE. Rahane cuts it to point. ONE. Lovely timing from Kohli, but just one to midwicket. DOT. Rahane plays it to midwicket. ONE. Quick single to point.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 59/2 | Overs 13 | Ajinkya Rahane 30(31), Virat Kohli 0(3) | Morne Morkel again. ONE. Short ball, and Dhawan plays it to fine leg. ONE. Rahane plays it to third man. OUT! Dhawan’s lean patch continues, he slaps the slower ball to cover! In comes Kohli. DOT. Short ball, and Kohli leaves it alone outside off. DOT. Kohli plays it deliberately down to slip. DOT. Played to the fielder on the off side. OUT! BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 23(34) c JP Duminy b Morne Morkel

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 57/1 | Overs 12 | BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 22(32), Ajinkya Rahane 29(30) | JP Duminy is introduced now. FOUR! Drops one very short, and Dhawan has enough time to go eat a pizza and return. Four over midwicket. ONE. Dhawan hits a full toss to long off. ONE. Played by Rahane to long on. DOT. Inside edge there. ONE. Nicely played to the deep. TWO. Lovely shot from Rahane, but Behardien fields it well at the boundary and saves two.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 48/1 | Overs 11 | BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 16(28), Ajinkya Rahane 26(28) | Morne Morkel continues. DOT. Rahane can’t do much with that one. ONE. Very strange looking pull from Rahane, down to fine leg. ONE. Played to backward point. ONE. Played to third man. DOT. Played to mid on. ONE. Worked away to square leg.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 44/1 | Overs 10 | BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 14(25), Ajinkya Rahane 24(25) | Kagiso Rabada into his fifth over now. DOT. Rahane looks to work it away, misses. Extra pace and bounce. DOT. Nicely played, but to the fielder. DOT. Well timed but to the fielder. Rahane continues to look good. DOT. Played to the fielder again. FOUR. Short ball this time, Rahane pulls it away to the boundary! ONE. Played to third man.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 39/1 | Overs 9 | BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 14(25), Ajinkya Rahane 19(19) | Morne Morkel again. FOUR. And once again, Rahane invokes the spirit of Virender Sehwag with that slash over point! DOT. Played to point this time. ONE. Played to third man by Rahane. DOT. Played to the fielder on the leg side by Dhawan. DOT. Dhawan plays it to the same fielder on the leg side. FOUR. Lovely shot to end the over!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 30/1 | Overs 8 | BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 10(22), Ajinkya Rahane 14(16) | Kagiso Rabada again. DOT. Short and wide, but Dhawan doesn’t time it well. DOT. Dhawan looking completely out of sorts today. He has timed probably two balls today. The rest have either been missed or not hit well. DOT. Leaves that one. FOUR. Finally, Dhawan gets another off the middle. Through cover again. ONE. Quick single again. ONE. Single off his pads to end with.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 24/1 | Overs 7 | BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 5(17), Ajinkya Rahane 13(15) | Here comes Morne Morkel. WIDE. Outside off, Rahane goes for it but misses. Umpire says it was wide. DOT. Played to point. ONE. Played to third man. DOT. Dhawan’s crawl continues. DOT. Played to the fielder. ONE, LEG BYE. Dhawan gets to the other end. WIDE. Down leg. DOT. Rock solid defence from Rahane.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 20/1 | Overs 6 | BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 5(14), Ajinkya Rahane 12(12) | Kagiso Rabada continues. DOT. Short ball, and Dhawan manages to get out of the way. DOT. Nicely driven to cover point, but there is a fielder there. DOT. Played to cover again. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Good bowling, this. Rabada is giving nothing away. DOT. Maiden over, that was again nicely hit but back to Rabada.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 20/1 | Overs 5 | BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 5(8), Ajinkya Rahane 12(12) | Dale Steyn comes back on. FOUR! What a shot! That’s smashed over cover! DOT. Played and missed on that occasion. DOT. And another play and miss. FOUR. Virender Sehwag makes an appearance now! Rahane dismisses that from his presence in much the way Viru used to! FOUR! Steyn puts one on his pads, and Rahane happily clips it through midwicket. DOT. Played to mid on.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 8/1 | Overs 4 | BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 5(8), Ajinkya Rahane 0(6) | Kagiso Rabada again. DOT. Dhawan gets an inside edge. He has looked quite edgy today. FOUR. Sourav Ganguly, is that you? We might have forgotten why Dhawan was in the side at the start of this innings, but it’s shots like these that remind you. DOT. Defended off the back foot. DOT. Missed outside off. DOT. Defended to mid on. DOT. Appeal for LBW, but it was probably too high.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 4/1 | Overs 3 | BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 1(2), Ajinkya Rahane 0(6) | Dale Steyn again. Dhawan faces his first ball. DOT. Extra bounce, Dhawan edges it, but doesn’t find the fielder. ONE. Dhawan sneaks a very tight single. A direct hit might have had Rahane in trouble. DOT. Left alone outside off. DOT. Left alone again. DOT. Defended off the front foot. DOT. Left alone again.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 3/1 | Overs 2 | BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 0(0), Ajinkya Rahane 0(2) | Kagiso Rabada starts off from the other end. DOT. Dhawan wanted the run, Rohit did not. For all his brilliance with the bat, Rohit’s running leaves much to be desired. TWO. Could have been three, but Rohit slipped while taking the first run. It was nicely driven by Rohit. DOT. Left alone outside off. OUT! CLEANED HIM UP! Rabada bowls a wonderful yorker and Rohit has to walk back! DOT. That was a beautiful drive from Rahane, but to the fielder. DOT. Nicely played again. OUT! Rohit Sharma 3(10) b Kagiso Rabada

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India 1/0 | Overs 1 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 1(6), Shikhar Dhawan 0(0) | Here’s Dale Steyn steaming in to Rohit Sharma. Rohit in prime form. Steyn always dangerous. DOT. Good swing first off, Rohit leaves. DOT. Rohit drives, but to the fielder. DOT. What a peach! Rohit beaten all ends up! DOT. Great over so far, Steyn getting swing early. DOT. Left alone this time. Last ball now. ONE. Good drive from Rohit, quick single to cover.


TOSS: AB de Villiers calls wrong, and MS Dhoni has won the toss! India decide to bat first. They have made three changes to their line-up, with Amit Mishra, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Stuart Binny missing out in place of Akshar Patel, Harbhajan Singh, and Mohit Sharma. South Africa are unchanged.

TEAMS:

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Suresh Raina, Akshar Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel.

South Africa have won three out of the four complete matches on this tour and clearly they have been the better side in this bilateral affair. The South Africans have showed greater intent, and they have stressed on performances coming from all departments. ALSO READ: India vs South Africa 2015 2nd ODI at Indore: Proteas’ likely XI

On the other hand, India have expectedly depended on their batsmen as well as the spin attack. The absence of Ravichandran Ashwin will hurt them immensely, as the right-arm spinner has been their best bet against the likes of AB de Villiers, who has started to look invincible on this tour. ALSO READ: India vs South Africa 2015, 2nd ODI at Indore: Likely XI for the hosts

The form of some of the Indian batsmen will also be a worry for the captain as well as the team management. The batting mainstay Virat Kohli has been far off from his usual self, and the others such as Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane also need to chip in with more runs. Rohit Sharma has been making most of the opportunity of playing at home, but it will be daft to depend on one particular player. ALSO READ: India vs South Africa 2015, 2nd ODI at Indore: Key clashes

Squads

India: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, Gurkeerat Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn.

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