All-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed has made his debut for India in the second match of the ODI between India and South Africa. The left-handed batter Ahmed was handed his debut cap ahead of the match and captain Shikhar Dhawan made the announcement when he walked out for the toss.
"Two changes for us. Washington Sundar coming in and Shahbaz Ahmed is making his debut today. Ruturaj and Ravi Bishnoi are out," Dhawan said at the toss.
The Indian team is playing against South Africa in the second ODI in Ranchi and will look to settle scores with the Proteas. The Indian team is going with six bowlers including all-rounders Sundar and Ahmed. The two will also provide depth to the middle order. Meanwhile, the South African team has made three changes to the team. Temba Bavuma, Tabraiz Shamsi and Lungi Ngidi were rested while Reeza Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin and Anrich Nortje were brought in by the Proteas.
Notably, Keshav Maharaj has been given the duty to captain the South African side, who have walked out to clinch the three-match series. The series is crucial for the Proteas side considering their automatic spot for the 2023 OD World Cup. They are currently in the 11th spot in Super League standings and need to come in the top 8 for automatic qualification. For India, the men in blue will look to make a comeback after suffering a narrow loss in the first match. While chasing 250 in 40 overs, the Indian team fell short by 9 runs.
South Africa's Playing XI: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj(c), Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortj