2nd ODI: Ton-up Tony de Zorzi, bowlers power South Africa to series-levelling win over India | Cricket News – Times of India

2nd ODI: Ton-up Tony de Zorzi, bowlers power South Africa to series-levelling win over India | Cricket News - Times of India

New Delhi: Young Opener Tony D’Zorzi An all-round display by the bowlers followed a brilliant maiden century as South Africa beat India by eight wickets in a one-sided encounter at St George’s Park on Tuesday to level the three-match series 1-1.
After a disappointing display with the bat in the series opener in Johannesburg, the Proteas batsmen bounced back in style, making a mockery of a paltry chase of 212.
Ton-up de Zorzi led the chase from the front with a brilliant unbeaten 119 and shared a record 130-run opening stand. Raza Hendricks. The 26-year-old then put on another 76 runs with Rassie van der Dusen to take the game away from India completely.

After a low parity with the bat, the bowlers too started the off-day defending 211 as India managed just two wickets.

With a convincing win for the Proteas in the second game, the series is decided. The final match of the ODI series will be played at Boland Park in Pearl on Sunday.
The 26-year-old de Zorzi, playing just his fourth ODI, struck back with nine fours and six maximums during a 122-ball 119 not out as South Africa completed the chase with 7.3 overs to spare.
As it happened
Come into bat, opener B Sai Sudharsan and skipper KL Rahul Scored well-ordered half-centuries but once they got going, India were all out for 211 in 46.2 overs.
On a track that offered pace and bounce, Burger (3/30 in 10 overs) threw his heart out to pick up three crucial wickets, while Beorn Hendricks (2/34 in 9.2 overs) and Keshav Maharaj (10 overs) I 2/51) claimed. Two each
Defending a total below that, India needed early wickets but failed to make a breakthrough as openers De Zorzi and Hendricks (52) laid the platform for the chase with a strong 130-run stand. .
After Reza’s dismissal, de Zorzi and Rasi van der Dusen (36) added 76 runs in 83 to take SA just six away from victory.
Left-hander De Zorzi then scored the winning runs with a six as the hosts reached 215 for 2 in 42.3 overs. They recovered from an eight-wicket hammering in Johannesburg to keep the series intact.
Chasing 212, Hendricks held on to one end, while D’Zorzi played his shots as both batsmen took the Indians over the line despite the pace of Arsdeep Singh (1/28) and Mukesh Kumar (0/46). Not given a chance. Good spell in the powerplay.
The only chance that went begging was when Rutoraj Gaikwad failed to catch Hendricks off Mukesh in the 5th over.
De Zorzi completed his fifty in the 18th over before completing his century off 109 balls. Raza, on the other hand, took 71 balls to reach his half-century with the help of seven fours.
Arsdeep got rid of Raza in the 28th over, while debutant Rinku Singh took the wicket of van der Dusen when SA fell just six runs short of the target.
Earlier, Sudharsan and Rahul added 68 runs for the third wicket but the South African bowlers clawed their way back into the game with regular strikes.
Gaikwad (4) was the first to go when he was caught off the second ball by Burger, who bowled 46 dot balls in his 10 overs.
Sudharsan was all class as he played his off-drivers and pulled for boundaries with ease as India reached 46 for one in the first powerplay.
However, Tilak Verma (10) was sent back by Burger with a bouncer, bringing skipper Rahul to the crease.
Bowling in tandem with South Africa’s seamers, runs dried up as India managed just 10 runs from 11 to 16 in the next six overs.
But once spinner Keshav Maharaj (2/51 in 10 overs) was introduced, Sudharsan launched him over deep midwicket for the first six.
In the 20th over, Sudharsan dived to complete a dangerous singles to complete his second consecutive fifty.
After a cautious start, Rahul hit two pull shots for consecutive boundaries off Wayne Mulder (0/19 in 4 overs) before Lizard Williams (1/49 in 9 overs) and Aiden Markram (1 in 4 overs) /28) found the ropes. Taking the team to 100 in the 24th over.
However, Williams broke the partnership, dismissed Sudharshan, who was a bit surprised by the extra bounce, and drove one to Henrik Klaasen.
Sanju Samson then dragged one over the stumps of Bjorn Hendricks (2/34 in 9.2 overs) as India slipped to 136 for four in 32 overs.
Rahul punished Maharaj for a poor delivery with a sweep shot and then scored three runs to complete his fifty in 60 balls, while debutant Rinku Singh danced down the pitch to send the spinner to long-on as the 35th over. 16 runs came in the over.
Rahul then played a ramp shot for a four and while things were looking up, it all went downhill.
First, Rahul was removed by Burger for his third wicket and then five balls later, he was stumped by Rinko Maharaj as the visitors suddenly collapsed to 169 for six.
Maharaj then accounted for Kuldeep Yadav (1), while Akshar Patel (7) was dismissed at Markram’s long-off.

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Avish Khan (9) and Arsdeep Singh (18) then hit a six each to take India past the 200-run mark.
(with inputs from PTI)

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