‘If one of us, including me, could have…’: KL Rahul laments after India fall short against South Africa in 2nd ODI | Cricket News – Times of India

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New Delhi: India suffered a setback as their failure to convert their opening spells into centuries and the collapse of the middle order resulted in India losing by eight wickets. South Africa A tightly contested One Day International (ODI) at St George’s Park on Tuesday.
After a promising start, India, who were sent in to bat, were all out for 211, leaving South Africa with a manageable target.
With the series now tied at 1-1, both teams are set for a crucial decider in Paarl on Thursday.Difficult conditions for batting
Captain of India KL Rahul Acknowledging the challenging conditions, he said, “It was a difficult wicket to bat on, but a couple of us settled in. If any of us, including me, could have scored a century, we could have controlled the innings and scored 50. -60 runs extra, which could have made a big difference.
Despite a solid contribution from the opener Sai Sudharsan (62) and Rahul himself (56), India failed to capitalize on the platform and lost wickets at crucial intervals.
Expressing confidence in his team, Rahul asserted, “We trust the players to come up with their own game plan. Games like this will help them learn and improve as cricketers.”

Brilliant comeback from the hosts
On the other hand, South Africa made a brilliant comeback after losing the first match of the series.
The captain Aidan Markram “It was a very good overall performance,” he said, highlighting the team’s improved performance.
Tony’s Match-Winning Knockout: The home side’s bowlers piled on the pressure early, and sealed victory with an unbeaten 119 off 122 balls from the left-handed opener, who showed his maturity in just his fourth ODI.

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South Africa’s Tony De Zorzi (AFP Photo)

Drop catches and missed opportunities
Rahul admitted that missed opportunities, including dropping a catch, hurt India’s chances.
“In the first 10 overs we beat the edge quite a bit. We had a chance with a catch which we missed. It could have made the difference. But we leave it here on the ground today and on to the next game. Focus”. said.
‘It was great to see’
Reflecting on D’Zorzi’s impressive performance, Markram praised the young opener, saying, “To put in a performance like that, to stay not out till the end and remember what the crowd was like for him, we’re quite proud.” were amazed. Fantastic to watch. Hopefully the first of many for him. The dressing room enjoyed it.”

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As both teams prepare for the series decider in Paarl, the stage is set for a thrilling final to decide the winner of this closely contested ODI series.
(with input from Reuters)

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