Mon | Oct 22, 2018

India crush South Africa by nine wickets

Published:Monday | February 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM
South Africa’s batsman JP Duminy (right) plays a shot as India’s wicketkeeper MS Dhoni (left) watches during their second one-day international cricket match at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, yesterday.

CENTURION, South Africa (AP):

India crushed South Africa by nine wickets in the second one-day international (ODI) yesterday, after dismissing the top-ranked team for 118, its worst total on home soil.

Wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shared eight wickets as the Proteas were bowled out in just 32.2 overs.

Chahal took 5-22 and Yadav 3-20 before India's batsmen cruised to 119-1 to give the tourists a 2-0 lead in the six-game series.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan made 51 not out and captain Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 46 in a 93-run partnership for the second wicket. India won in just 20.3 overs, clinching the game with 177 balls to spare.

With the victory, India also moved above South Africa and to No. 1 in the world ODI rankings, although South Africa can reclaim top spot with four games of the series to come.

Chahal's 5-22 was the best haul for an Indian spinner in an ODI in South Africa, as the hosts wilted in the absence of captain Faf du Plessis and experienced batsman AB de Villiers, who are both injured.

Stand-in captain Aiden Markram was leading South Africa in just his third ODI as the hosts crashed to its eighth-lowest one-day score and one of its most embarrassing defeats.