Centurion: Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took career-best figures as India cruised to a thumping nine-wicket victory over a woeful South Africa in the second One-Day International on Sunday, though their moment of triumph was reduced to a farce by the umpires.
Aleem Dar and Adrian Holdstock stuck to the rules and called for a lunch break with the tourists needing just two runs for victory at Centurion.
That ensured the final act was played out 40 minutes later in front of a sparse crowd, a decision that left both teams bemused.
Chahal finished with 5/22 in 8.2 overs, ripping through the middle-order as India won the toss and skittled their hosts for 118, South Africa’s lowest total in home ODI matches.
India then knocked off the victory target in 20.3 overs to humiliate their hosts.
After victory in the opening match of the six-game series in Durban, India always looked in control of the chase as opener Shikhar Dhawan (51 not out from 56 balls) and captain Virat Kohli (46 not out from 50 balls) made light work of the home attack.
The third match in the series will be played in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Chahal on song
Chahal returned the best figures for any Indian spinner against South Africa in South Africa. The previous best hauls for an Indian spinner was Yuvraj Singh's 4 for 6 versus Namibia at Pietermaritzburg in 2003.
Chahal also became only the second Indian bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul in ODIs on South African soil, after Ashish Nehra's 6/23 against England at Durban, also in 2003.
Chahal also became the first spinner to take a five-for against South Africa in South Africa, routing their innings in 135 minutes total.
Earlier, Aiden Markram became the second-youngest ODI skipper for South Africa.
South Africa made two changes, handing Khaya Zondo his ODI debut for the injured Faf du Plessis. They also included chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi in place of all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo while India went unchanged.
Sent in to bat, Hashim Amla (23) and Quinton de Kock (20) made a watchful start against Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/19) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/12). While the Indian pacers were on the money with their line and length, the Proteas' openers were more watchful and wary of losing wickets early on.
The duo nearly negotiated the first 10 overs safely. But first-change Hardik Pandya (0/34) once again proved to be expensive in his opening spell.
India got the breakthrough they wanted when Bhuvneshwar, bowling from changed ends, induced a faint inside edge off Amla. The batsman asked for DRS review but the decision stayed with India. South Africa were placed at 39/1 after 10 overs and their 50 came up in the 13th over.
Chahal immediately came into the attack and struck in his second over as de Kock was caught in the deep. It became two wickets in two balls when Markram (8) played a poor stroke off Yadav in the very next over and was caught in the deep as well, with Bhuvneshwar taking a well-judged catch.
Four balls later, Miller was bamboozled by Yadav and was caught at slip.
South Africa, by then, had lost three wickets for 0 runs in a space of 6 balls, but the worst was yet to come.
Zondo (25) and J-P Duminy (25) added 48 runs for the fifth wicket to somewhat stabilize the innings.
But the procession began once again when the wrist spinners were brought back in action. Zondo miscued one off Chahal in the 27th over and was caught at midwicket, with Pandya latching on second attempt.
South Africa barely crossed 100 in that over, and then Chahal came with another breakthrough, trapping Duminy plumb LBW.
The Proteas then lost their last five wickets for 11 runs.
Chahal trapped Morne Morkel (1) lbw as well, while Yadav got rid of Kagiso Rabada (1) with a wrong one. Bumrah got on the wickets tally too, clean bowling Imran Tahir (0).
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