ODI: India bowls out S Africa at 188

Virat Kohli

To the astonishment of players, spectators and commentators, the umpires stuck to the letter of the regulations, ordering a 40-minute lunch break before India could complete a comprehensive win to take a 2-0 lead in the six-match series. Shikar Dhawan helped himself to an unbeaten half-century.

Not just Chahal, South Africa were undone by another wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav who scalped three wickets.

South Africa will have to do without Du Plessis for Sunday's second ODI, too. They are already trailing in the series having lost the first two games but injuries continue to haunt South Africa.

Du Plessis tried all his resources at his disposal but unfortunately, nothing worked, and he accepted the fact that the Indians were clinical in their performance in the first ODI.

Quinton de Kock was the latest name to go into the list of South Africa's injured stars as the Proteas' suffered yet another blow in the ongoing six-match ODI series against India. But they did not have to wait that long to see what spinners could do on a surface that will doubtless come under the spotlight again, for failing to play the home team's advantage.

Yuzvendra Chahal revealed captain Virat Kohli gives the team's wrist-spinners enough freedom to bowl to their strengths, which according to him has been the reason for their success in South Africa.

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In the bowling department, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir are doing well. At 107 for 6, the game was only headed one way as the Indian bowlers ran through the tail to bowl them out for 118.

David Miller and JP Duminy played worldwide cricket after a while and looked rusty. The Fast Bowlers always made their dominance at this pitch than Spinners.

A much depleted Proteas team faced off against the vibrant Indians in the second match in Centurion and they were thumped. Earlier, he was left out for the 2019 World Cup preparation.

India scored a win by defeating South Africa in Centurion in an emphatic fashion.

South Africa was reduced to 143 for five at one stage, before Du Plessis, who finished with 120, had to dig his team out of a big hole.

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