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Updated December 19th, 2023 at 12:19 IST

'I am seeing only one change'- EX-Cricketer on India's Probable XI for 2nd ODI Clash Against SA

India takes on South Africa in the 2nd ODI match of the series. A former Indian cricketer made a huge statement regarding the playing XI for the match.

Reported by: Aryan Suraj Chadha
Shreyas Iyer also chipped in with a knock of 106 runs and helped the team reach a first innings total of 397/4.
Shreyas Iyer | Image:AP
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The second One-Day International (ODI) between India and South Africa will take place on December 19th at St. George's Park in Gqeberha. India dominated the last encounter, defeating Australia by eight wickets. South Africa batted first and scored 116 runs, their third-lowest ODI score against India, with only three openers reaching double figures. Notably, Andile Phehlukwayo scored 33 runs on 49 attempts. Arshdeep Singh bowled brilliantly, taking 5 wickets for 37 runs, while Avesh Khan shone with 4 wickets for 27 runs, his finest ODI bowling performance. Sudarshan and Iyer steadied the innings, both scoring fifty, and Arshdeep was named Player of the Match for his outstanding bowling.  

3 things you need to know

  • India vs South Africa 2nd ODI  will be played today 
  • The T20I series ended in a draw 
  • India is ranked 1st in terms of ICC ODI rankings 

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Aakash Chopra on India vs South Africa 2nd ODI

Aakash Chopra expects only one change to India's starting XI for the second ODI against South Africa, with Rinku Singh replacing the unavailable Shreyas Iyer.

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The next game, the second of a three-game series, is planned in Gqeberha. Shreyas, who scored a fine 45-ball 52 in the first ODI, has been pulled from the remaining two matches in order to prepare for the upcoming two-match Test series against the same opponents.

Chopra stated in his video posted on his YouTube channel that the only change will be Rinku Singh replacing Shreyas. He expresses this viewpoint at 6:20 in the video. He said:

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"Shreyas Iyer is not available for this match. So I am seeing only one change in the Indian team. It is a very simple change. Rinku will come in. So Rinku, Sanju (Samson), KL (Rahul), Sai Sudharsan, Ruturaj Gaikwad - a batting lineup like this will be seen."

"South Africa - play a little properly, bring the series on par at 1-1, so that the final match does not become a dead rubber. All matches seem like dead rubbers but they aren't. You still need to win the series."

“The last series finished at 1-1. Here you can make it 1-1 and go to the last match, so that we can also discuss a little, or else I am not enjoying covering this ODI series. I am being very, very honest.”

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IND vs SA 2nd ODI: Probable Playing XI

India Predicted XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sai Sudharsan, Sanju Samson, KL Rahul, Rinku Singh/ Rajat Patidar, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal
South Africa Predicted XI: Reeza Hendricks, Tony de Zorzi, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Nandre Burger, Lizaad Williams

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Published December 19th, 2023 at 12:19 IST

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