Under-fire Mahendra Singh Dhoni marked his return to form with an unbeaten 92 as India recorded a 22-run victory over South Africa in the second One-Day International to level the five-match series 1-1 at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, in Indore, on Wednesday. Electing to bat, Dhoni bailed India out of trouble with his 86-ball knock to take the team to a competitive 247 for nine after Rohit Sharma had failed to make it count. But the Indian bowlers produced an impressive showing with the ball, bowling out the Proteas for 225 to record their first win on South Africa’s current tour. Up the order, Ajinkya Rahane yet again batted well, scoring 63-ball 51, his second consecutive fifty. Going through the toughest phase of his international career, Dhoni played a captain’s knock and then made smart bowling changes to bundle out South Africa in 43.4 overs.
INDIA VERSUS SOUTH AFRICA 2BD ODI 2015 SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
INDIA BEAT SOUTH AFRICA BY 22 RUNS IN THE SECOND ODI PLAYED AT INDORE IN THE HOLKAR CRICKET STADIUM
MS DHONI’S 92 RUNS ALONG WITH RAHANE’S 51 AND FINALLY HARBAJAN SINGH’S QUICK FIRE 22 HELPED INDIA POST 247 RUNS
IN THE BOWLING DEPARTMANT Axar Patel (3-39) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-41) claimed three wickets each, while Harbhajan Singh bagged two wickets TO HELP INDIA DEMOLISH THE PROTEAS BATTING LINE UP
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 92 came off 86 balls, decorated with seven boundaries and four sixes to rally India after a poor start. India were 165 for seven at one stage in the 40th over but Dhoni found great support from Harbhajan Singh (22) with whom he added 56 runs to lift the total in the final few overs. For South Africa, Dale Steyn (3/49) picked up three wickets while Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir scalped two apiece.
At one stage, South Africa looked the favourites as they were comfortably placed on 134 for two before the wicket of J P Duminy (36) proved to be the turning point. The left-hander was trapped leg before wicket by left-arm spinner Patel, who also accounted for Faf du Plessis after he had stroked a fluent 51.Axar Patel (3-39) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-41) claimed three wickets each, while Harbhajan Singh bagged two wickets to script India’s superb turnaround with the ball on a flat wicket not offering much to the bowlers.