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SOUTH AFRICA V INDIA ODIS

India triumph after 'ridiculous' delay

04 February 2018
MATCH REPORT

India secure 2-0 series lead against South Africa after lunch was called with two runs left to win

South Africa v India ODIs, Second ODI

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India completed a crushing nine-wicket win over South Africa in the second one-day international after their victory was bizarrely delayed by 40 minutes due to the scheduled lunch break.

After bowling out South Africa for just 118 in 32.2 overs, a short innings break was taken and India breezed to 1-93 after 15 overs by the time lunch was due to be taken.

But with victory in sight, the umpires extended play by four overs or 15 minutes, as they are able to do under the ICC's Playing Conditions.

However, when India used the extra 15 minutes to move within two runs of victory, umpires Aleem Dar and Adrian Holdstock took the players off the field for lunch.

To the astonishment of players, spectators and commentators, the officials stuck to the letter of the regulations, ordering a 40-minute break.

Most of what had been a capacity crowd left during the interval and India completed the win shortly after play resumed.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan and former India opener Aaksash Chopra led the criticism on social media, while former South African player Mike Haysman labelled the decision "a farce" and "ridiculous".

Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli said that he wanted his match-winning wrist spinners to continue to put pressure on the home side's batsmen after Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav set up the victory.

Leg-spinner Chahal picked up a career-best 5-22 and left-armer Yadav took 3-20 as South Africa were bowled out for the lowest total in one-day internationals at the ground.

"We know that their middle order is inexperienced and we want to cash in on that in the future games and put some real pressure on them," said Kohli.

"The way our spinners are bowling I am pretty confident we can continue (with) the same momentum."

Both Indian spinners extracted a surprising amount of turn on a dry pitch, which man of the match Chahal admitted was helpful. "We also play in these conditions in India," he said.

Kohli said it had been a complete bowling performance, with new ball bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah setting the tone.

"They didn’t let South Africa get away with scoring too many runs," he said.

South Africa made a reasonable start, with Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock putting on 39 for the first wicket before Amla was caught behind off Kumar. De Kock fell to Chahal, one of three batsmen to fall with the total on 51 as the spinners took control.

With star players Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers both missing because of injury, it was a chastening introduction to the South African captaincy for Aiden Markram.

The 23-year-old was appointed for the rest of the series after Du Plessis broke his right index finger in the first match in Durban on Thursday.

"We are going to have to be really honest with ourselves," said Markram. "Every person will have to see how we can get better."

After South Africa’s mini collapse with the total on 51, JP Duminy and new cap Khaya Zondo both scored 25 and shared a fifth wicket partnership of 48 before the last six wickets tumbled for 19 runs.

India started aggressively, with Rohit Sharma pulling Morne Morkel for six in the first over of their innings.

Sharma fell for 15, caught by Morkel at fine leg off Kagiso Rabada, but Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli put on an unbeaten 91 for the second wicket to secure an easy win. Dhawan finished with 51 not out and Kohli made 46 not out.

Qantas tour of South Africa

Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc.

Warm-up match v SA Invitational XI, Sahara Park, Benoni, Feb 22-24

First Test Kingsmead, Durban, March 1-5

Second Test St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, March 9-13

Third Test Newlands, Cape Town, March 22-26

Fourth Test Wanderers, Johannesburg, March 30-April 3

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