The Indian cricket team continued their dominance in white ball cricket in 2022, as they sealed a 2-1 ODI series win against South Africa on Tuesday, October 11.
After losing the series opener, the Shikhar Dhawan-led India bounced back with successive seven-wicket triumphs in the second and third ODI games to 13 wins in 18 matches in the 2020-2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
South Africa took an early lead into the three-match India vs South Africa ODI series with a nine-run win at Lucknow.
Unbeaten half-centuries from Heinrich Klaasen (75) and David Miller (75) propelled the Proteas to a first innings score of 249/4 in a rain-marred fixture. Besides the Klaasen-Miller pairing, opener Quinton de Kock was the other top run-getter with 48 runs in 54 balls.
India, on the flip side, could score only 240/8 in 40 overs. While Lungi Ngidi wreaked havoc on the Indian batters with his spell of 3/52, Sanju Samson had a day to forget as his unbeaten 86 off 63 balls went in vain.
Once again, India were put to chase against South Africa when the teams reconvened for the second ODI at Ranchi. However, this time around, the hosts had the last laugh with a seven-wicket victory.
Aiden Markram (79) and Reeza Hendricks (74) guided the Proteas to a first innings total of 278/7. Mohammed Siraj was the standout Indian bowler given his figures of 3/38.
With his fifty going down in a losing cause in the series opener, Shreyas Iyer had a point to prove and he did so with a match-winning 111-ball 113. The knock was Iyer’s second century of his ODI career and it helped India chase the 279-run target in 45.5 overs. Supporting the Mumbai-born batter was Ishan Kishan, who slammed a career-best 93 off 84 balls.
The third and final India vs South Africa was a record-breaking affair, as it ended in just 278 balls – the shortest completed home ODI for India (excluding shortened games).
Shikhar Dhawan’s decision to put the visitors to bat first worked in his team’s favour, as the hosts bowled out South Africa for 99 in 27.1 overs. Kuldeep Yadav (4/18) and Washington Sundar (2/15) were the most economical bowlers while Heinrich Klaasen (34) was the only top scorer for the Proteas.
While Shubman Gill (49) fell short of a well-deserved ODI half-century, Shreyas Iyer took over the scoring duties and helped India post 105/3 in 19.1 overs thereby securing a seven-wicket win.
The India vs South Africa ODI series 2022 was India’s final ODI assignment at home in 2022, and in a nutshell, an assessment for Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur who are set to fly to Australia to join the squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Shreyas Iyer, who finished as the top run-getter in the series with 191 runs, extended his fine run of form in 2022 to 486 runs in 10 innings. This is his best return for the Men in Blue in the 50-overs format so far.
South Africa, on the other hand, will have plenty of work to do with regards to their batting unit. Be it the T20I series or the ODI series, the Proteas were outwitted by the Indian bowlers and face a race against time to find an immediate solution given the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is upon us.
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