Question marks over Team India’s abilities to play in overseas conditions resurfaced as South Africa routed the Men in Blue and won the 2nd ODI in Durban by 134 runs. In a match that was shortened by rain, the Indian batsmen never seemed to be in command while going about their chase. South Africa on the other hand, came back strongly after their mediocre showing against Pakistan in the last series and notched up a series victory that was scripted by a certain Quinton de Kock. Kock, barely 20 years of age followed up his century at Johannesburg with another one today – signaling his arrival in world cricket.
Indian skipper, MS Dhoni opted to bowl first after winning the toss, on a track that he suggested seemed drier than the one his team played on, in Johannesburg, the other day. After Team India’s inept showing in the previous one-dayer, the captain hoped that a slightly different looking Indian XI could bring an end to India’s dismal run in overseas tours. So, Yuvraj Singh missed out due to a niggle and was replaced by Ajinkya Rahane, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma made way for Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.