Iyer, Kishan star as India level ODI series
RANCHI: Shreyas Iyer smashed an unbeaten 113 and forged a 161-run stand with Ishan Kishan to secure India’s series-levelling seven-wicket victory in the second One-day International in Ranchi on Sunday.
Chasing 279 for victory, India lost both openers including skipper Shikhar Dhawan inside nine overs but Kishan struck 93 and Iyer produced a career-best knock to help the hosts romp home with 25 balls to spare.
“I must say that Ishan and Shreyas, the way they created that partnership was great to watch,” said Dhawan. “The ball was coming on nicely but it was keeping low. So our plan was to take on the bowlers in the first ten overs. But once the dew came into the picture, it was skidding on.”
Electing to bat first, South Africa were 40-2 when Reeza Hendricks (74) and Aiden Markram (79) combined in a run-a-ball partnership of 129 as a 300-plus total looked well within their grasp.
After they departed, Heinrich Klaasen (30) and David Miller, who made 35 not out, scored briskly but the Indian bowlers conceded only 57 runs in the last 10 overs to restrict South Africa to 278-7.
Mohammed Siraj was pick of the India attack claiming 3-38 in his 10 overs.
“I think we didn’t expect the dew to play such a big part, that’s why we opted to bat after we won the toss,” South Africa’s stand-in-skipper Keshav Maharaj said. “But credit to Shreyas and Sanju. We expected it to get slower and lower but after 20 overs the pitch got better.”
New Delhi hosts the decider on Tuesday.
SOUTH AFRICA: Q. de Kock b Siraj 5 J. Malan lbw Shahbaz 25 R. Hendricks c Shahbaz b Siraj 74 A. Markram c Dhawan b Sundar 79 H. Klaasen c Siraj b Yadav 30 D. Miller not out 35 W. Parnell c Iyer b Thakur 16 K. Maharaj b Siraj 5 B. Fortuin not out 0 EXTRAS (B-4, LB-2, W-3) 9 TOTAL (for seven wickets, 50 overs) 278 FALL OF WICKETS: 1-7 (de Kock), 2-40 (Malan), 3-169 (Hendricks), 4-215 (Klaasen), 5-215 (Markram), 6-256 (Parnell), 7-277 (Maharaj) DID NOT BAT: Rabada, Nortje BOWLING: Siraj 10-1-38-3 (2w), Sundar 9-0-60-1, Shahbaz 10-0-54-1, Avesh 7-0-35-0 (1w), Yadav 9-0-49-1, Thakur 5-0-36-1
INDIA: S. Dhawan b Parnell 13 S. Gill c&b Rabada 28 I. Kishan c Hendricks b Fortuin 93 S. Iyer not out 113 S. Samson not out 30 EXTRAS (NB-2, W-3) 5 TOTAL (for three wickets, 45.5 overs) 282 FALL OF WICKETS: 1-28 (Dhawan), 2-48 (Gill), 3-209 (Kishan) DID NOT BAT: Thakur, Sundar, Shahbaz, Yadav, Avesh, Siraj BOWLING: Fortuin 9-1-52-1, Parnell 8-0-44-1 (1w), Rabada 10-1-59-1 (2nb), Nortje 8.5-0-60-0, Maharaj 7-0-45-0, Markram 3-0-22-0 (1w) RESULT: India won by seven wickets.
Published in Dawn, October 11th, 2022