Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Quinton de Kock ruled out as South Africa's injury crisis deepens

Quinton de Kock ruled out as South Africa's injury crisis deepens

Earlier, leg-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav ran amok with the ball as South Africa folded for a paltry 118 - its lowest total on home soil - at Centurion.

India captain Virat Kohli chose to bowl first and chase again against South Africa in the second one-day global at SuperSport Park on Sunday.

Talking about the current ODI series, Jennings said that South Africa do not have a way back into the series.

In conclusion, South Africa will be keen to mix things up in the hope of countering the wrist-spin threat, and make an impression with the bat in the hurting absence of de Villiers and du Plessis. Farhaan Behardien has been named as his replacement, and Devilliers is still out with injury.

Chahal also returned the best figures for any Indian spinner against South Africa in South Africa.

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India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur. De Kock also lost his wicket after Alma was dismissed.

South Africa will be hoping for a better and fast-paced start from the in-form batsman, if he is asked to open along with Hashim Amla. However, the Fast Bowlers line up can down the opposite team and can lead them home.

In the bowling department, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir are doing well.

"The pitch was harder than Durban and the spinners used it. We have got in the back of our minds as well as our eyes are on the World Cup".

The Indian team management, of course, doesn't pay attention to such statistics.

Looking ahead to the 2019 World Cup, the selectors and the team management had made a decision to drop R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja from the ODI and T20I sides after the finger spinners struggled on flat tracks in England during the team's Champions Trophy campaign previous year. Quinton de cock has a great record against the team India before this series, but this time competition is going to be tougher for Africa due to injuries of their top players.

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