Mahendra Singh Dhoni has done it for India with India defeating South Africa for the first time in Gandhi-Mandela Freedom Series. India won the 2nd ODI match of 5 Match series by 22 runs.
India Vs South Africa ODI 2015: India beats Proteas by 22 runs
India have levelled the Freedom ODI Series at 1-1 and country needs to thank to the Captain Cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his phenomenal innings under immense pressure. Dhoni kept his cool when batters were giving it up at other end. MS Dhoni scored 92 Not out to take India to a fighting total of 247 for 9.
India lost T20 Series and 1st ODI of 5 Match Freedom Series thus creating immense pressure on Team India and especially MSD. Dhoni battled the situation and with his eccentric decisions, won the match for India.
India Vs South Africa ODI Match Report
India won the toss and Dhoni decided to bat first which seemed to be a bad decision initially as India was in deep trouble with all main batters giving their wickets within first 20 overs. India lost Rohit early then Shikar and out of form Virat Kohli followed. Rahane made a good 51 but it was MS Dhoni who battled till the end after Raina also gave it up (as usual). Low order batmen did support MSD to put a good total of 247.
South Africa were chasing quite an easy target and they begun quite well with Faf Du Plesis scoring another half century but it was Axar Patel who led India’s attack and took crucial wickets when needed. AB Devilliers wicket after David Miller’s was the turning point for India as India mauled Africans before they could turn match in their favour. Axar Patel was shining star with 3 wickets and so was Bhuvneshwar Kumar with his 3 wicket haul as India cleaned African batting order at 225.
India will take on South Africa in the 3rd ODI match of Freedom Series on Sunday.
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