Well, it’s the second ODI of the South Africa tour of India 2022 and will be played today in Ranchi, Jharkhand. It is rare for the men’s international cricket circus to visit Ranchi. The city has only hosted two Tests, five ODIs, and three T20Is since its debut in January 2013, given that India has 54 venues that have seen play at that level. The second ODI on Sunday is, therefore, more significant there than it may have been in other places.
The press portrays Ranchi’s good cricket fans as more interested in other topics than cricket. Keshav Maharaj was questioned on Saturday during a news conference (October 8).
South Africa needs to keep winning to secure a spot in the ODI World Cup in India the following year, or else, a wobbly victory might have been overlooked. With just seven games remaining to play, they are now in 11th position in the Super League rankings, and if they don’t qualify in the top eight, they will have to win a seat in the qualifier in Zimbabwe. In addition to winning the rubber, there is legitimate pressure to score every point available.
The series is as unimportant as international cricket in India can go, but the host team will regret coming so close in Lucknow and failing to win. Sanju Samson’sSamson’s career-best 86 not out and the partnerships of 67 and 93 with Shreyas Iyer and Shardul Thakur kept the Indians in the game much after they should have begun to accept the loss. Mohammad Siraj was virtually unplayable with the seaming new ball.
Samson may provide the good people of Ranchi with a reason to quit missing Dhoni if a similar situation occurs on Sunday. No, but it would be admirable if he gave it a go.
Time: Sunday, 1.30 pm Local Time
Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
Expectations from the Game: A pleasant night or day, and perhaps not as many runs as we have expected from ODIs; of the four completed games at this venue, the 300-run mark has only been achieved once in this stadium.
India: Deepak Chahar, frequently injured, will miss the entire series due to a back issue. Washington Sundar, who might improve the batting and potentially replace Ravi Bishnoi, who was costly in the first game, has taken his position in the team.
Possible XI: Shikhar Dhawan (capt), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj
South Africa: Dwaine Pretorius was removed from the team due to a damaged thumb. He may have replaced Tabraiz Shamsi, who was benched after giving up 89 runs in eight overs in Lucknow. Marco Jansen now appears to be able to win the nod.
Possible XI: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (capt), Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi
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