Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav's magical wrist spin outfoxed a depleted South Africa as Indian romped to a crushing nine-wicket win in the second ODI to reclaim the pole position in the ICC rankings here. India now lead the six-match series 2-0 as they literally annihilated the home team which had the ignominy of being shot out for a paltry 118 in 32.3 overs -- their lowest-ever score at home.
It was once again the wiry-framed Chahal and chubby- cheeked Kuldeep, who bamboozled the batsmen with their difficult art-form with a collective haul of 8 for 42 -- best ever by spin duo in an ODI on South African soil. While AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis' absence is an advantage, the performance on South African soil by the spinners will go a long way in shedding the tag of being backyard bullies.Chahal struck in his second over as Quinton de Kock 20 was caught in the deep trying to pull his leg-break.
Chahal recorded his career-best ODI figures of 5 for 22 in 8.2 overs and was superbly complemented by Kuldeep 320 in 6 overs with none of the Proteas batsmen able to read them off their hands nor off the pitch.Interestingly Chahal's figures were best by any Indian bowler on South African soil eclipsing Yuvraj Singh's 4 for 6 against Namibia at Pietermaritzburg during 2003 World Cup.
It was a walk in the park for the batsmen as Shikhar Dhawan 51 no helped himself to a nice half-century in company of skipper Kohli 46 no to get India atop the 50-over rankings, finishing the match in 20.3 overs. Chasing a paltry 119 for victory, India started off in hectic manner. Rohit Sharma 15 outlined the intent to go for a demoralizing blow to the opposition as he pulled Morne Morkel 0-30 for a six over midwicket off the 3rd ball of the innings. The duo put on a chanceless 93-run partnership for the 2nd wicket, putting on a show for the capacity crowd at Supersport Park.