De Kock, Amla Shine as SA Trump India by 134 Runs - The New Indian Express

De Kock, Amla Shine as SA Trump India by 134 Runs

Published: 08th December 2013 09:50 PM

Last Updated: 08th December 2013 10:28 PM

Centuries from Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla set up a resounding 134-run victory over India Sunday in the second one-day international as South African cricket paid tribute to former President Nelson Mandela in style.

South Africa's Quinton de Kock, left, drives a ball during their second one day international against India in Durban | AP
De Kock scored his second ton in as many matches as the Proteas posted 280-6, before South Africa's seamers secured an unassailable 2-0 series lead when they bowled out the pace-shy Indian batting lineup for just 146.

The marked contrast in fortunes was summed up in the fact the Indian innings lasted 35.1 overs - the same length as the South African opening stand between de Kock (106) and Amla (100) that brought 194 runs.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe claimed figures of 4-25 in the Indian innings, while Dale Steyn took 3-17 to complete a dominant display on a day that was as much about Mandela as it was about the match.

Both teams wore black armbands and there was a moment's silence prior to the national anthems to honor Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95.

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One banner in the Kingsmead crowd read: "The world misses you. Your legacy lives on forever." Others said, "Thank you for our freedom."

"When you think of Nelson Mandela only good things come to mind," South Africa captain AB de Villiers said in a public address prior to the match.

"I think of words such as inspiration, role model, honor, forgiveness and Madiba magic. I consider myself very fortunate to have grown up in the Nelson Mandela era.

"I clearly remember the 1995 Rugby World Cup where the Madiba magic played a huge role in us winning that trophy. It was a huge turning point for South Africa and for all of us as South Africans.

"With the passing of Madiba let us now more than ever stick together as a nation. We owe him that much."

South Africa's Hashim Amla blocks a ball during during their second one day international against India in Durban | AP
Mandela's unifying impact in South Africa during the 1990s was clear to see in South Africa's opening partnership, as a 20-year-old white batsman combined with one of Asian descent to devastating effect for the home side.

India's bowlers were not given a sniff by De Kock and Amla as they compiled their second enormous partnership in as many matches, following the 152-run stand in Thursday's first ODI that South Africa won by 141 runs.

De Kock was first to three figures, taking 112 deliveries before he attempted to increase the tempo and swept a delivery from Ravichandran Ashwin straight to square-leg.

Amla also failed to push on after reaching his century when he was caught behind off the next delivery he faced.

Although the innings stuttered in response to some improved Indian bowling, Ryan McLaren and Vernon Philander struck 20 runs off the final over to leave the touring batsmen with a tough run chase.

It soon became clear that they were not up to the challenge, as Tsotsobe, Steyn and Morne Morkel reduced them to 34-4 inside nine overs.

While Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane edged behind, Shikhar Dhawan sliced to backward point and Rohit Sharma was well caught after pulling a Morkel delivery to Amla at short midwicket.

India's likeliest savior turned out to be the weather.

The match had been reduced to 49 overs per side by a wet outfield in the morning, and light rain began to fall prior to the 20-over mark in the second innings that would have constituted a match.

However South Africa rushed through its overs - and picked up the wicket of MS Dhoni - and the rain eased off soon after.

That allowed South Africa to stamp its authority on proceedings even further, as Tsotsobe and Steyn picked up a further two wickets apiece to knock over India's last four wickets for just 13 runs.

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