IND vs SA: South Africa's strong reply due to Georgi's century, Team India's crushing defeat in the second ODI
Within just two days in South Africa, the Indian cricket team came down from the throne. Team India, which defeated South Africa by 8 wickets in a one-sided manner in the first match of the ODI series, suffered a similar crushing defeat in the second T20 match. In the second match of the series played in Port Elizabeth, the batting and bowling of the Indian team were a flop. Batting first, Team India could score only 211 runs. After this, based on the first century of young opener Tony DiGeorge, South Africa won the match by 8 wickets within 43 overs and achieved a 1-1 draw in the 3-match series.
On Tuesday, December 19, on one hand, the mini-auction of the IPL 2024 season was going on in Dubai, while on the other hand, South African bowlers were showing their talent at St. George's Park in South Africa. There was only one player in both teams whose name appeared in this auction. However, even before his name came into the auction, he had defeated Team India. This was the left-arm fast bowler – Nandre Berger (3/30), who destroyed the Indian top order. Then in the evening, he was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 50 lakh.
Rituraj Gaikwad, who had escaped being out in the first over in the last match, could not survive this time. Once again Burger was the target, who achieved the first success by getting him LBW on the next ball after hitting a four on the first ball. Burger and his fellow fast bowler Lizard Williams kept the Indian batsmen under pressure from the beginning with tight bowling. Tilak Verma looked completely tied and then became the victim of Burger. Sai Sudarshan, playing only his second match, however, scored another half-century and took the team forward.
Sudarshan (62) got good support from captain KL Rahul (56). Both made a partnership of 68 runs. It was here that Lizard got the wicket of Sudarshan and then the fall of wickets started. Sanju Samson, who returned to the team, failed and became the victim of Buren Hendricks (2/34). After completing his half-century, Rahul also became the third victim of the burger. Rinku Singh, who was making his ODI debut, could not do anything special here and became the victim of Keshav Maharaj (2/51). Team India collapsed for only 211 runs in 46.2 overs.
In response to this, the South African openers had decided the outcome of the match. Despite a good start in the last match, young opener DiGeorge (119 not out), who failed to score big, did not make any mistakes this time. He got good support from experienced opener Reeza Hendricks. Due to the small target, Hendricks batted at one end, while Georgi increased the pace of runs. During this period, Georgie scored his first half-century and made an excellent partnership of 130 runs with Hendricks.
Hendricks (52) was out on the ball of Arshdeep Singh after scoring a half-century. Even after this, Georgi continued his work and along with Rassie van der Dussen took the team closer to victory. During this, Georgie scored his first international century in 109 balls. After the defeat was decided, captain KL Rahul handed the ball to Rinku Singh and Rinku, who failed with the bat in his debut, took the wicket of Dussain on the very third ball. However, by then it was too late. Georgi gave the team victory in the 43rd over with a six.