Can India stop the South African middle order in the second ODI?


Can India stop the South African middle order in the 2nd IND vs SA ODI? The second ODI is today at Gqeberha.


Indian cricket team dominated the first ODI against South Africa and won by eight wickets. The Men in Blue were able to restrict South Africa to just 116 runs in 27.3 overs. Thanks to the impressive bowling performances by Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan who left no stone unturned to limit the proteas. While Arshdeep grabbed 5/37 in 10 overs, Avesh seized 4/27 in eight overs. In addition, Kuldeep Yadav also contributed by taking one wicket and conceding only two runs in 2.3 overs. Moreover, in reply to the target, the debutant Sai Sudharsan smashed 55* off 43 deliveries. Shreyas Iyer also scored 52 off 45 balls. Today, India will look forward to seal the IND vs SA ODI series by winning the 2nd ODI.

However, South Africa will be looking to make a strong comeback and address their batting concerns. Hence, the match is bound to be an interesting encounter with both sides aiming for a significant win. It is worth noticing that the South Africa’s middle order has shown impressive stability since June 2023. With an average of 49.38 against spin, their hitters have demonstrated their skill in playing spin bowling. Moreover, their strike rate of 108.22 indicates that they can score runs quickly against spinners while maintaining their stability. This is certainly a positive sign for the South African side and something that India needs to be mindful off.

Furthermore, South African middle order hitters have been impressive against pacers. Players like David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, and Aiden Markram have been making a significant contribution to the team with their impressive averages 37.92 and 114.77 strike rate, respectively. Their consistent performance against pace bowling shows that they can manage it all.

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