India Women Eye Series Win Against South Africa In 2nd ODI

Virat Kohli

The on-field umpires, Aleem Dar and Adrian Holdstock, and match referee Andy Pycroft stuck to the ICC's playing condition rules despite the fact that India had already scored 117 for one in 18 overs in reply to South Africa's 118 all out. The third ODI takes place in Cape Town on Wednesday.

In Markram's case though, Khaya Zondo - who made his debut in the previous match against India - was the only South Africa player to have less ODI experience than the captain.

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

"We know that their middle order is inexperienced and we want to cash in on that in the future games and put some real pressure on them", said Kohli.

The southpaw wicketkeeper-batsman is the latest to join the list of injured after picking up a wrist injury during the second ODI at Centurion.

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Koscielny capitalised on poor defending to double the hosts' lead, heading in Shkodran Mustafi's flicked header. Having taken off one of their many defenders , Everton came out in the second half looking more lively.

South Africa have opted not to call up a replacement for De Kock. The visitors eventually cantered to a nine-wicket win in the second ODI to go 2-0 up in the six-match series.

While India finished a creditable runners-up in the World Cup, they were comfortably crushed by 115 runs by the Proteas women in the league stage.

South Africa's two spinners Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi - both use wrists - have found neither the right pace nor the lengths to bowl on these wickets.

The two right-handers have been South Africa's willow-wielding turrets over the last two years. Kuldeep and Chahal are proving that if you have talent then more than half the job is done, and have quite unexpectedly become match winners in the blue jersey, and now Test cricket is not too far away. Although South Africa had earmarked Markram as a future captain, Markram would've hardly expected to take the reigns so early in his career, albeit temporarily.

"Every match will be scrutinised by people, by the critics, by everybody, because now people have seen the actual standard of women's cricket and the Indian team", Mithali said. Yujvendra Chahal took 5 wickets for 22 runs. He was involved in the two highest partnerships of the South Africa innings. He was making his debut in the ODI against India that marked South Africa's return to global cricket in 1991-92.

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