India’s captain KL Rahul expressed his disappointment at losing the toss, acknowledging that the early assistance for bowlers in the second ODI against South Africa made a significant difference. He admitted that India fell short by 50-60 runs of what would have been a winning total. South African opener Tony de Zorzi’s maiden international century led his team to an eight-wicket victory over India in the second match, leveling the three-match series at 1-1 on December 19.
Rahul emphasized the importance of role clarity and execution for success in cricket, pointing out that each individual’s game plan and comfort level should be trusted. He regretted the dropped catch of Reeza Hendricks, acknowledging that it could have made a difference in the outcome of the match.
South African skipper Aiden Markram credited the century-run opening stand for setting up the win, highlighting a much better performance with the ball and in the field. He praised de Zorzi’s remarkable performance and expressed confidence that the big win would boost the team’s morale going into the series-deciding third ODI.
The series-deciding third and final ODI between India and South Africa is scheduled to take place in Paarl on December 21.