Ind vs SA | 2nd ODI | India vs South Africa | Possible Playing XIs | Players to Watch

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Ind vs SA | 2nd ODI | India vs South Africa | Possible Playing XIs | Players to Watch

David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen’s 139-run unbeaten partnership proved too much in comparison to Samson’s extraordinary knock of 86 runs in the last game. The Proteas continue their fight for direct qualification to the 2023 ODI World Cup.

The battle of Ranchi

Indians have a mixed record at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi. Out of the five matches played here, the Men in Blue have won two and lost two, while one match was washed out due to rains.

Virat Kohli brought up his 41st ODI century when India played last time in Ranchi. In the last two games, batters have scored 55% of their runs in extra cover regions, indicating that it’s an excellent batting surface.

It has not been a happy hunting ground for the current Indian skipper, however. Shikhar Dhawan has barely managed 15 runs in the two innings he played in Ranchi. India played the last game with four opening batters: Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan.

Wrist spinners have enjoyed more success in Ranchi than other spinners and seam bowlers. Therefore, Ravi Bishnoi is likely start ahead of the left-arm orthodox spinner Shahbaz Ahmed. In the first ODI, Indian new-ball bowlers failed to pick a wicket despite conditions favouring seam bowlers, whereas the South African new-bowl bowlers picked up three wickets; the Indian top order was notably dismissed for just 48 runs. 

Match details 

Match: India vs South Africa
Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
Date: Sunday, 9 October 2022
Time: 01:30 PM IST

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Pitch report & Toss

The Ranchi wicket is well-suited to spin bowling. Wrist spinners have enjoyed more success here over time. 260 is the average first-innings score on this wicket, though the current domestic circuit scores indicate 300 as the on-par score.

It’s going to be another high-scoring game. The team capitalising during the middle overs will have the upper hand. Captain winning the toss will most likely choose to bat first. 

Probable playing XIs

India: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shubhman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson (wk), Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Ravi Bishnoi, Mukesh Kumar

South Africa: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klassen, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi

Players to watch out for

Tabraiz Shamsi

Despite the hammering he took in the first ODI, the Chinaman can put brakes on an inexperienced Indian middle order, especially during the middle overs. Shamsi’s knack for taking wickets with “the wrong one” will be tested in Ranchi. Since the wicket will support slow bowlers, I am backing him to impact the middle overs.

Janneman Malan

Malan got of to a good start in the first ODI but failed to capitalise as he got deceived by the change of pace. The new bowl in Ranchi will come on to the bat at a perfect pace for him, who is an excellent stroke maker. If South Africa bat first, Malan will play a decisive knock for the visitors.

Kuldeep Yadav & Ravi Bishnoi

The two Indian spinners were impressive in the first ODI. Ranchi is a better surface for the duo to bowl at, and the dry nature of the wicket will help the bowl to turn and grip. Bishnoi mainly bowls his doosras well against left-handed batters, and since the Indian attack does not feature an off-spinner, he will again bowl at David Miller and Quinton de Kock.          

Heinrich Klaasen

The wicketkeeper-batter has cemented his position in the South African playing XI as a specialist batter. A blistering 74-run knock in the previous game has boosted his confidence. Moreover, Klaasen plays spinners better than most South African batters. He does not rely only on boundaries and sixes and keeps on rotating the strike, which does not allow pressure to mount.

Shubman Gill

Despite missing out on the first ODI, the Indian opener has been in prime form. The Ranchi wicket offers the right pace for Gill to get going. His stroke-making ability on a short-of-length bowl make him special. In the last seven matches, Gill has scored 453 runs at an Average of 90.60. I am backing him to play a decisive knock on Sunday.

The two captains will, unfortunately, struggle in Ranchi as well. Dhavan looks positive and confident about his captaincy, but Temba Bavuma looks under pressure. It is essential for him to get back to scoring runs as it impacts the balance of the South African squad.

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