The Indian cricket team have seemed to turned the tables on South Africa, as contrasting to the recently-concluded Test series which was dominated by the Proteas, the ongoing six-match ODI series has been started off triumphantly by Team India. After winning the 1st ODI against South Africa, India won the 2nd ODI as well, credit to the Indian spin-duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, sweeped the South Africa batting order.
As India clinched back-to-back victories in the first two ODIs over South Africa, both the teams broke quite a few of world cricket records. Here are 5 records that were broken in the 2nd ODI between India and South Africa, which took place at the SuperSport park in Centurion.
5 Records Broken in 2nd ODI between India & South Africa:
1. Second-highest wickets by an Indian in ODIs in South Africa
India’s current first choice wrist-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal, went into a wicket-taking spree in the 2nd ODI as he claimed 5 wickets giving just 22 runs in 8.2 overs, ending up with an excellent economy rate of 2.92. The 27-year-old leg-break bowler dismissed South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock on 20 runs, along with JP Duminy (25 runs), Chris Morris (14 runs), Khaya Zondo (25 runs), and Morne Morkel (1 run).
With 5 wickets, Yuzvendra Chahal ended up registering 2nd highest wickets taken by an Indian in South Africa in ODIs, next to former India pace veteran Ashish Nehra, who has a record of 6/23 against England, which was played in 2003 in South Africa.
2. Yuzvendra Chahal becomes 1st spinner to take 5 wickets in and against South Africa
Although Kuldeep Yadav was the other Indian spinner to baffle the South African batsmen as he claimed 3 wickets – Aiden Markram (8), David Miller (0), and Kagiso Rabada (1) – Yuzvendra Chahal was on the next level of spinning prowess. Dismissing 5 wickets which constituted the spine of the Proteas batting order, Chahal became the first and only spinner ever to achieve such an impressive feat.
As Chahal started clicking wickets, the South African team fell from 99/4 to 118 all-out, losing their 2nd consecutive ODI.
3. Fourth-biggest South Africa defeat in ODIs (by balls remaining)
Virat Kohli was batting on the crease wit 116 runs on the scoreboard. It was the 3rd delivery of the 21st over and as Imran Tahir bowled a quicker one to the middle-stump, Kohli tried to play it to the leg side. The ball, however, edged right past the square leg fielder as Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan ran for two runs.
Successfully chasing the 118-run target with 177 balls remaining to 50 overs, India gave the Proteas their fourth-biggest defeat, going by the balls remaining in the match. South Africa’s top 3 defeats have come against – England in 2008 (215 balls remaining), Australia in 2002 (188 balls remaining), England in 2003 (178 balls remaining).
4. Second time for India to win successive ODIs in & against South Africa in 6 years
This is only the second time that India have managed to win successive ODI games against the home side in South Africa, since winning their ODI games in Johannesburg and Cape Town, back in January of 2011. While MS Dhoni hit a boundary to push India to win the 1st ODI of the ongoing six-match ODI series, in the 2nd ODI, captain Virat Kohli scored the winning runs.
5. India record fifth-biggest ODI win ever (by balls remaining)
Winning the 2nd ODI in against the Proteas in Centurion, with 177 balls remaining to the completion of the 50-over mark, India celebrated it’s fifth-biggest triumph in ODIs going by the remaining balls.
India’s Centurion ODI win against the hosts entered the Men in Blue’s top 5 biggest wins by balls remaining, which consisted of – win against Kenya in 2001 (231 balls remaining), UAE in 2015 (187 balls remaining), East Africa in 1975 (181 balls remaining), Sri Lanka in 2005 (178 balls remaining), South Africa in 2018 (177 balls remaining).