India win toss, opt to bat

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Paarl (South Africa), Jan 21 : India won the toss and elected to bat in the second One-Day International against South Africa here at Boland Park on Friday.

Skipper KL Rahul said India has made no change in their playing XI as they took the field after losing the first match in the three-match series.

“Second game on the same strip so it’s important for us to put runs on the board. We’re guessing and hoping the wicket will get slow later on,” Rahul said after the toss.

“Virat and Shikhar batted really well, set the tempo for us. We did speak about it, and the batters realised where we went wrong. Nobody wants to do it on purpose, everyone tried really hard. We’ve learned from it and spoken about it. We are playing same team,” he added.

South Africa, on the other hand, have made one change Sisanda Magala comes in for Marco Jansen.

“We want to get even better from the last game, try to improve those five percenters. We’d like to seal the series now, but in saying that we’re going to have to do the basics well,” said Proteas captain Temba Bavuma.

“Marco’s had a big workload, so we felt he was a bit flat in the first game. We’ve got full confidence in Magala,” he added.

Playing XIs:

India: KL Rahul(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant(w), Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w), Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma(c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Sisanda Magala, Tabraiz Shamsi


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