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Proteas prostrated by spinners

05, Feb 2018 By shakeel ahmad

What dismounted the Proteas in the second one-day international match was the knack of the Indian spinners’ attack at Supersport Park in South Africa. The bowlers caused havoc ton the South African batsmen. Their palm bowled so accurately that it made the batsmen’s wickets stumble easily one after another, and the hosts lost their first four wickets for a paltry 12 runs in the space of 26 balls. This was how began the story of the fateful one-day match finishing in their lowest total in one-day international at the home ground and also their eighth-lowest on the whole.

What Indian cricketers missed in the previously concluded Test series appeared to be achieved by this second simultaneous victory? This had come which Virat Kohli certainly expected, and made the opponent team pant fully in absence of injured Faf Du Plessis and AB De Villiers. The indigenous cricket fans felt stung with pleasure, and Markram & Co. just tingled with the pain of the consecutive defeat.

Even the game experts analysing the match on television channels were overwhelmed by a strong desire of singing the praises for the spin bowlers. They must have been feeling their jaws’ muscles stiffen in the passion of speaking. They looked quite relaxed at the victory march of the country’s cricketers. They could feel vertigo rushing through their specialist minds, making the winning mirth even deeper, more blatant.

The South African cricket team’s captain face was worth noticing as the 23-year-old Aiden Markram’s first appearance on the home ground as leader ultimately turned into a big nightmare. He could feel a rising nervousness owing to the defeat. The very trounce made him reddened with discomfiture. He surfaced as a complete failure. His incompetence was also proved before the cricket lovers when he could not manage to restrict the Indian team to the target quite earlier.