What could have been an easy and comfortable win for South Africa on 2nd ODI to take an important lead of 2-0 in five match ODI series, in the end it was India who made brilliant comeback to beat South Africa by 1 run to level the five match series 1-1 at Johannesburg.
South Africa made a mess of what should have been a comfortable chase of a below-par total at Wanderers, stumbling in the batting Powerplay and then sinking to a dispiriting defeat in a thrilling finish.
At 152/4 in the 32nd over they were looked all set to wrap the game before 40 over but some poor decision by Smith of taking unnecessary batting powerplay when 2.5 runs an over required some how allowed Indians to get back into the game. In the batting powerplay South Africa lost three important wickets and manages just 20 runs.
The game was still in favor of South Africa with four runs needed with two wickets and more than 8 overs in their bag, but South Africa as many people says chocked it again and couldn’t manage the four runs required and in the process lost last two wickets to allow India to not only comeback in the game but in the series.
Munaf Patel was real star for India who picked up both the openers Amla & Smith earlier and then removed M.Morkel & Wayne Parnell to hand over India a thrilling one-run win over South Africa in the second one-day international at the Wanderers.
South Africa lost their last six wickets for just 37 runs in dramatic collapse to hand over an exciting win for the Indians.
Earlier Indians after winning the toss and batting first manage just 190 runs all-out in their innings. At one stage they were all set to reach 230-240 in there 50 overs but late collapse in the batting powerplay costed them badly. In the batting powerplay they have lost 4 wickets and manage just 14 runs in 5 overs.
Yuvraj Singh top scored for India with 53 runs while M.S.Dhoni scored 38 runs. For South Africa Lonwabo Tsotsobe claimed a career-best 4-22 for South Africa.