Proteas

Proteas crumble in Indore: 5 talking points

2015-10-15 11:18
AB de Villiers

Cape Town - India drew level in the 5-match ODI series on Wednesday when a collapsed run chase saw the Proteas crashing back down to earth in Indore. 

Scores in brief

India

247/9 after 50 overs (Dhoni 92*, Steyn 3/49)

Proteas

225 all out after 43.4 overs (Du Plessis 51, Patel 3/39, Kumar 3/41)

India won by 22 runs

AS IT HAPPENED: PROTEAS BUNDLED OUT IN INDORE

The series is now leveled at 1-1 going into Sunday's 3rd ODI in Rajkot. 

In case you missed it, here are 5 talking points to have emerged from the match:

DHONI SAVES THE DAY

The Indian captain's undefeated 92 from 86 balls helped his side recover from 124/6 to 247/9. The 34-year-old showed that he still has plenty left in the tank with an innings of the highest quality that included sevens 4s and four 6s.

PROTEAS BOWLERS COULDN'T FINISH

The bowling department seems healthy at the moment. Morne Morkel is bowling well again, Dale Steyn was immense and Kagiso Rabada's delivery to get rid of Rohit Sharma was another reminder of the bright future that awaits him. But it was criminal to let India back into the game from 124/6, and there will surely be some head-scratching in the aftermath.

GETTING IN AND GETTING OUT

With the exception of David Miller's golden duck, all of the Proteas top order batsmen got starts. But only Faf du Plessis (51) raised his bat. The modest Indian total would not have been enough had one of the six starters batted through.

BEHARDIEN DISMISSAL 

The Proteas No 7 has been in good form, and at 200/7 he was his side's last recognised batsman. But he was given out caught behind when replays showed absolutely no activity on Snicko after he had attempted to glance a Harbhajan Singh delivery. 

INDIA BACK IN IT

We have waited a while, but India have finally turned up on the tour. The series is now in the balance, and Sunday's clash in Rajkot presents both sides with an opportunity to take a giant leap towards winning the series. 

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