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After a historic win in the 3rd test match, India secured a resounding win against the hosts South Africa in the 1st of the 6 match ODI series. The two teams will now head to Centurion for the 2nd ODI, which would be the only day game of this series. It only calls for us to sketch out the India Predicted XI for the 2nd ODI, with a South Africa Predicted XI as well.
Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has been ruled out for the whole series reportedly, and he won’t be pleased with his personal form. On top of it, he would definitely have some concerns regarding the form of his other top-order batsmen, who crumbled under the web spun by Indian spin duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
There were a few doubts regarding the playing XI India was going to put out in the 1st ODI, however, almost all those questions were answered by Rahane who played a brilliant knock of 79 at the number 4 spot. It is unlikely that Kohli and Ravi Shastri will tinker with the winning line-up, however, the South African camp could make a change in order to level the series.
India Predicted XI for 2nd ODI at Centurion
Dhawan would have been so disappointed to have been run-out in the 1st ODI having looked so good in his short innings of 35 runs. The Delhi opener was in terrific touch last year and even though there are concerns regarding his ability to bat on foreign testing conditions, there is no doubting the fact that when fit, Dhawan walks straight into the playing XI.
Rohit Sharma was another player who struggled hugely in the test matches and was even dropped for the 3rd test match. He would have been disappointed to get out on 20 in the 1st ODI but the Mumbai Indians captain is one player who can come back into form in a blink of an eye and team India will be counting on him to produce the goods at Centurian.
What can we say that hasn’t been already said about Virat Kohli. The Indian captain was once again at the forefront as he took India mightly close to the target of 269 in the 1st ODI with the brilliant hundred and in the was rewarded with the man of the match trophy for his efforts. The 29-year-old will be fully focussed on attaining a 2-0 lead in the series with a win in the 2nd ODI.
In the post-match presentation, Kohli couldn’t stop praising the performance of Ajinkya Rahane. The Mumbai batsman struggled to find a place in the playing XI the whole of last year but has started the new year brilliantly. Rahane was India’s highest run-scorer in the 2nd innings of the 3rd test match and followed that up with a brilliant 79 in the 1st ODI.
After his swashbuckling innings in the 1st test match, Hardik Pandya has clearly hit a rough patch. Although he came into bat right at the end, his overall performance was far below the fans have come to expect from him. However, given that he was one of India’s top player in 2017, there is right now very little danger of Hardik missing out in the playing XI.
No matter who scores the runs, a boundary by MS Dhoni to win the match never fails to widen the smile on Indian cricket fans by another inch. The former captain will be slightly worried about a couple of misfields that occurred during the 1st ODI but knowing Dhoni, he will be working extra hard to remove any issues that he is facing.
Apart from bowling his 3 overs for 19 runs, there wasn’t much more that Kedar Jadhav did in the 1st ODI. Jadhav gives the team some very crucial overs in the middle stages and can even help contribute 30-40 runs at the fag end of the innings.
India’s frontline seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was quite disappointing in the 1st ODI as he gave away 71 runs in his 10 overs for just 1 wicket. The 27-year-old will be looking to replicate his form from the test matches in the 2nd ODI, knowing the pitch will aid him much more than what it did in the 1st ODI.
While the seamers struggled to get anything out of the Durban pitch, it was the spin duo of Kuldeep and Chahal that spun a web around the South African batsmen and forced them into risky shots. Kuldeep, in particular, was the pick of Indian bowlers as he picked up 3 wickets in his 10 overs for just 34 runs.
While Kuldeep kept the South African batsmen in check at one end, it was Chahal who took the important wicket of Markram and De Kock to pull things back significantly for the Indians. Chahal will again be looking to trouble the opposition as the discomfort in facing wrist spinners was quite evident from their side.
Jasprit Bumrah was slightly better than Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 1st ODI but didn’t set the stadium alight with his deadly yorkers that he has become famous for. Both the seamers will have a huge part to play at the Centurian, which is traditionally known to favour seam bowling over spin bowling.