South Africa knocked over by wristspin once again

Lawrence Cooper
February 6, 2018

Stand-in captain Aiden Markram was leading South Africa in just his third ODI as the hosts crashed to their eighth-lowest one-day score and one of their most embarrassing defeats.

Centurion: Former South Africa coach Ray Jennings feels that India captain Virat Kohli can be "intimidating in the dressing room" and it would be great if he gets a good guide, who can maximise his potential as a leader. If AB de Villiers' name had to be scratched off due to a finger injury, skipper Faf du Plessis endured the same fate after the first ODI.

Opting to field, India bowled out South Africa for a meagre 118 and then were comfortably placed at 117 for one in 18 overs when the umpires called for lunch as per ICC rules.

Clive Rice is the only player with lesser worldwide experience than Markram to have led South Africa in ODIs. "They just didn't give South Africa any chance", said Kohli as the post-match presentation.

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"I think we should have executed better‚" he said while insisting that facing slow wrist spinners is not a major problem for them.

The southpaw wicketkeeper-batsman is the latest to join the list of injured after picking up a wrist injury during the second ODI at Centurion.

If the Proteas are going to somehow stop India's spin wizards - Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav - from totally destroying them in the current ODI series, they can take cue from Khaya Zondo. He is likely to miss out on the rest of the series and might remain unavailable for the T20s as well after the South African team administration confirmed that the player will be rested for at least 3-4 weeks. But they did not have to wait that long to see what spinners could do on a surface that will doubtless come under the spotlight again, for failing to play the home team's advantage.

India's top-order has done reasonably well in the opening ODI barring the odd mix-up between Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli, which led to an unfortunate run-out of the southpaw. "The CSA medical team will aim to have him ready for the Test series against Australia starting next month". Lunch break taken with 2 runs required for Victory. Haryana and Uttar Pradesh might be in the news for not so happy reasons but Chahal and Kuldeep have broken the barriers and have turned India's ODI fortunes with ripping leg breaks.

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