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India vs South Africa: Two runs for victory? Let’s have lunch first

Lunch was called at Centurion on Sunday despite India needing only two runs to beat South Africa in the second ODI.

cricket Updated: Feb 05, 2018 13:05 IST
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India's captain Virat Kohli (L) with teammate Shikhar Dhawan leave the field after winning their second ODI against South Africa and India at Centurion Park in Pretoria on Sunday. India beat South Africa by 9 wickets. (AP)

India were controversially made to wait to claim victory in the second one-day international against South Africa after lunch was called at Centurion with the visitors needing just two to win. (IND v SA 2nd ODI report)

Rather than start the 20th over of India’s reply on Sunday, the umpires called lunch, much to the surprise of Indian cricket team batsmen Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. (IND v SA 2nd ODI highlights) (Full scorecard)

Instead the pair will return after the 40-minute break to secure a 2-0 lead in the six-match series, with the tourists boasting nine wickets in hand.

After winning the toss India set about limiting the South African cricket team to just 118 in their innings, spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav sharing eight wickets on a slow track.

Without AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis the Proteas were led by Aiden Markram, but what should have been a memorable day turned into a nightmare for the 23-year-old, who was out for eight.

It went from bad to worse when India began their chase, their innings starting before the lunch break due to South Africa only lasting 32.2 overs.

Kohli and Dhawan moved them into position to claim victory, only to be made to wait by the surprise decision, which came when only one more over was needed to make it a match.

First Published: Feb 05, 2018 12:07 IST