Centurion: It was a repeat of the Durban ODI as Team India outplayed South Africa once again in the second match of the limited-overs series that saw them clinch a thumping nine-wicket victory at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav's magical wrist spin outfoxed a depleted South Africa as the Men in Blue reclaimed the pole position in the ICC rankings.
With Virat Kohli and co having elected to bowl first, openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock provided a steady start for the Proteas. But the breakthrough could have come much earlier had luck not stood in the way of de Kock.
In as early as the second over of the innings, the southpaw aimed to tuck a Jasprit Bumrah delivery towards the on-side, but he incidentally dragged the ball towards his stumps. Before de Kock could take any action, the ball made contact with the wickets but failed to disturb the bails.
India now lead the six-match series 2-0 as they literally annihilated the home team which had the ignominy of being shot out for a paltry 118 in 32.3 overs -- their lowest-ever score at home.
Chahal recorded his career-best ODI figures of 5 for 22 in 8.2 overs and was superbly complemented by Kuldeep (3/20 in 6 overs) with none of the Proteas batsmen able to read them neither off their hands nor off the pitch.
Interestingly, Chahal's figures were best by any Indian bowler on South African soil eclipsing Yuvraj Singh's 4 for 6 against Namibia at Pietermaritzburg during the 2003 World Cup. It was a walk in the park for the batsmen as Shikhar Dhawan (51*) helped himself to a nice half-century in company of skipper Kohli (46*) to get India atop the 50-over rankings, finishing the match in 20.3 overs.