Indore: Rohit Sharma who was enjoying a good run against the visiting South African team became the main player to look out by the Africa and they planned to take him out of their way in the first 10 balls itself in the second ODI today. The Proteas executed their plan very well and got the marauding right-hander on the 10th ball of the match.
Rohit was clean bowled by Kagiso Rabada in the second over of the match when he was at three. He could not continue his last match's performance. Rohit scored 150 of 133 balls in last match, although that was not enough as India still lost the match.
To continue winning streak of the team, South Africa need to contain Rohit. Aware of Rohit's destructive abilities, Proteas bowling coach Charl Langeveldt yesterday said that the team was working out a plan to dismiss the Indian batsman early.
"At the moment he (Rohit) is really batting well. He bats well in Indian conditions. He is a great player. The first 10 balls to him are important. You need to try and get him out in the first 10 balls. We will probably look to bowl the glory ball. He is one of those players who kicks on if he gets past 20," Langeveldt told reporters in the pre-match press conference at the Holkar Stadium on Tuesday.
Poor performance by opening batsmen Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan once again cost Team as Dhoni's boys could only get 247 on board at the end of the innings, thanks to captain MS Dhoni's 92 not out and Ajinkya Rahane's 51.