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South Africa vs India 2018: 2nd ODI, 5 things we learnt from the match

rohit sankar
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The wrist spinners were once again the heroes for India

Spurred on by another display from the wrist spinners, India brushed aside a South African unit that still appeared dazed by the absence of AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis. Opting to bowl first, India made light work of the Proteas second string batting line-up, cleaning them up for 118 with only Khaya Zondo and JP Duminy, to an extent, holding up against the spinners.

India's intimidating top three meant that South Africa barely had a chance with nothing on the board. Even though Kagiso Rabada got rid of Rohit Sharma early, Dhawan and Kohli combined in a game-sealing partnership for India. The victory gave the visitors a 2-0 lead in the six-match series.

#5 South African batsmen gifted their wickets

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Quinton de Kock hit one in the air from Chahal

After settling down at the crease for what seemed like an eternity, South Africa's opener, Quinton de Kock and their newly appointed skipper, Aiden Markram, gifted their wickets to the wrist spinners to give India a sniff. The southpaw was the first to depart, taking on Chahal's short-pitched ball and hitting it straight down deep square leg's throat.

Markram, on his captaincy debut, followed soon after when another innocuous delivery fetched the Indians a wicket. Kuldeep Yadav sent a short one down leg and Markram pulled it hoping to clear the fence but instead found Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the deep.

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