- The second match of the series will be played between India and South Africa on Friday
- South Africa beat India by 31 runs in the first ODI
- South Africa were 296 for 4, India could only reach 265
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave up 64 runs in 10 overs and had no success.
The second match of the ODI series between South Africa and India will be played in Parle on Friday. Today’s match has become very important as South Africa has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. While the hosts will be looking to take an unbeaten lead in the series, the Indian team needs to win at any cost.
After losing the first match, the Indian team can make some changes in the playing XI for today’s match. The team’s middle order failed once again but at the same time the bowlers could not make an impact on important occasions. In such a situation, the think-tank faces many challenges.
Former India captain and great batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes that Bhuvneshwar Kumar could not stop the flow of runs. Gavaskar wrote in his Times of India column, ‘Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur and Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave many runs. However, Thakur made up for it by scoring a run. He hit a half-century when South Africa eased the pressure a bit.
Gavaskar further wrote, “For some time now, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has not been able to stop runs in the last over like before. If India is looking at preparing for the series as a team for next year’s 50-over World Cup in India, it should start now. The series will not be counted in the ICC Super League and that is a good thing. Of course, being the host country, India will get automatic entry, but this is not a team that wants to make a place like this.
Gavaskar also pointed out the problem of the Indian team’s middle order. He said, “The middle order was disrupted after a tumultuous partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. Pant and two other players were unable to take advantage of the chances to lead the team to victory.
Gavaskar further said, “Pant has been tried at number four in ODIs in recent times, but by batting here he has not been able to balance attack and restraint. So it should be tried as a finisher at number six. Where he can play freely regardless of the circumstances.
However, Gavaskar seemed satisfied with the performance of the spinners. He wrote, ‘Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal did a good job on a helpful pitch for batting. And he is going to play an important role in this match.