In the second ODI match against South Africa in Ranchi, Indian young star Ishan Kishan played a blistering knock of 93 runs in 84 balls. However, his teammate Shreyas Iyer made unbeaten 113 runs in 111 balls, helped India win the match early. Shreyas was honored with the Man of the match award for his heroic inning.
Earlier, South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. India got some initial breakthroughs, but the partnership of 129 runs between Hendricks and Markram helped proteas to set 278 runs on the board. The chasing start of Men in blue was not so good; both the opening pair were dismissed in 1st power play. At this, India needed a crucial partnership, and this responsibility was taken by the two-star batter of the second-string Indian side. Shreyas Iyer and Local boy Ishan Kishan made a partnership of 161 runs for the third wicket. But unfortunately, Ishan missed his century by just 7 runs. Whereas Shreyas made unbeaten 113 runs and helped to chase the total in 46th over.
After the match, Shreyas Iyer revealed important information between him and Kishan. He said during the partnership, I wanted to talk to Kishan, but he was playing in the beast mode, so I didn’t speak anything to him.
“I just wanted to talk to you and communicate pretty well, but since you were in beast mode and your zone, I didn’t want to intrude on your privacy. Nonetheless, we won the match, and it took two to tango. I’m delighted that we finished on a good note, and probably in the next game, you might get a century,” Iyer told Kishan in a chat after the match.
After this, Shreyas thanked the crowd and his supporters and said playing here was terrific. The atmosphere and crowd of Ranchi were overwhelming.
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‘I didn’t decide that I’d be celebrating in a certain way, but I want to appreciate the crowd. They came out in numbers, and the atmosphere was electrifying. I was excited about the contest, as you mentioned, about the wicket and how it will play. I just similarly applied in my mind, and things turned out pretty well for me,” Iyer added.
The series is level 1-1, and the decider between games will be played on October 11, Tuesday in New Delhi.