South Africa vs India, 2nd ODI - Live Cricket Score, Commentary

Series: India tour of South Africa, 2023-24 Venue: St George's Park, Gqeberha Date & Time: Dec 19, 01:00 PM LOCAL
IND 211 (46.2)
RSA 215/2 (42.3)
South Africa won by 8 wkts
Tony de Zorzi

So nicely sets up the series, doesn't it? It's 1-1 and all to play for in Paarl on Thursday. Do join for us that one. Till then sleep tight and be well. Take care and see you soon. Bye.

All stats courtesy Shashikant Singh

Highest scores at St. George's Park while chasing
121* - Jacques Kallis vs WI, 2008
119* - Tony de Zorzi vs IND, 2023*
115* - Mark Waugh vs SA, 1997
105 - Graeme Smith vs ENG, 2005

-- This is the sixth loss for India in 7 ODIs at St George's Park. The only win for India at this venue came against South Africa in 2018.

Highest opening partnership at St George's Park
130* - T de Zorzi & R Hendricks vs IND, 2023*
129 - M Clarke & B Haddin vs SA, 2009
121 - K Otieno & R Shah vs IND, 2001

ODI hundreds as an opener for SA vs IND since 2013
6 - Quinton de Kock
1 - Hashim Amla
1 - Tony de Zorzi*

A few stats to round off our coverage.

Aiden Markram | South Africa captain: A lot better than a couple of days ago. Much better all-round performance. Was still quite a tough wicket when we went to chase and the openers to fight like that was great. The breeze played quite a bit of a factor. Nandre is wasted from the top end with the wind blowing behind his back. Might as well see him bowl rockets. Chopped and changed a lot today and bowled great areas and execution was great. We did that in the middle overs and carried through the end. The ball was moving around even now. Not a 300 wicket, but a high 200 wicket is my guess but I could be completely wrong. [on de Zorzi] It was huge from him, only played a couple of games, to be not out like that and to see the chase over the line is a special feat from him. Hope he enjoys it tonight and the whole dressing room was in awe of him, the way he constructed the innings. Hopefully the first of many. [on the loss at Wanderers] We can't accept performances like that and that's the first thing we addressed. With bat on hand we let ourselves down, whatever they set today, the mindset was to chase it down. A much more confident unit after today.

Tony de Zorzi | Player of the Match: I'm fine. Just a bit stiff. Was a flood of emotions to be honest, I first thought of my mom, she would have been back from work, there are a lot of doubters and happy to prove them wrong. Rob and JP spoke to me on what they kind of expected from me at the top of the order. At the Wanderers would have been nice to extend it. I would say adaptable and decent at adapting to conditions. [has it sunk in yet?] Probably not - was quite cool to go to the band and everyone is clapping there, I will never forget a moment like this.

KL Rahul | India captain: Probably win the toss, there was a bit of help in the wicket in the 1st half. It was a hard wicket but having said that Sai and I were set, had we gone on and made a big 100, we could have got 50-60 extra and those are learnings we will take from here. Had we got 240 would have been good but unfortunately we lost wickets at regular intervals and they had help from the wicket. We trust in each individual's games and each individual's gameplan and what they feel is comfortable with - that's what we tell them, there's no right or wrong in cricket and you trust the players to come up with their own gameplans. There was a bit of help in the first 10 overs and we beat the bat a lot, one edge we did not hold on to, had we taken that we could have put pressure on them. We leave what happens on the ground and try and focus on the next one.

19:57 Local Time, 17:57 GMT, 23:27 IST: A dominant chase this from South Africa. Set up by the young de Zorzi who has remained unbeaten and guided his side home. Chasing a modest 212, Arshdeep and Mukesh tested de Zorzi and Reeza but the openers survived the first spells which had a lot of plays and misses and inside-edges. Luck favored South Africa and once they saw through that phase, it was easy after that. There was no spin for both Axar and Kuldeep and the ball slid on nicely. de Zorzi put pressure on Kuldeep and hit him for sixes to make the task easier. Soon de Zorzi reached his maiden ODI ton and guided his side home despite the losses of Reeza and van der Dussen. After being totally outplayed at Johannesburg, South Africa have come storming back here in Gqeberha to set up a fantastic series decider in Paarl on Thursday. Stay tuned for the presentation...


Sai Sudharsan to de Zorzi, SIX, fittingly de Zorzi ends it. But Mukesh at deep mid-wicket takes it and doesn't control his momentum, goes over the cushions. Denies Sai Sudharsan a wicket, was tossed up full on the stumps, de Zorzi slogsweeps and Mukesh reverse-cups but doesn't rein his feet in. Has a wry smile on his face as South Africa level the series


Sai Sudharsan to de Zorzi, wide, this is drifted wide outside off, de Zorzi reaches for it and lets it go at the last moment to take the wide


Sai Sudharsan to de Zorzi, no run, this legbreak turns sharply to the pads, tucked to mid-wicket

India giving everyone a go now.


Sai Sudharsan to Markram, 1 run, legbreak outside off, fraction short and Markram cuts to sweeper cover

Sai Sudharsan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack


Rinku Singh to de Zorzi, no run, slower on the stumps, de Zorzi gets forward to look for the big hit, but defends to cover


Rinku Singh to de Zorzi, no run, tossed up full on the stumps, driven back


Rinku Singh to Markram, 1 run, slides on from a good length outside off, keeps fraction low, Markram cuts to sweeper cover

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