Mohammed Siraj continue his revival in white ball cricket for Team India with another stellar performance, this time against South Africa in the second ODI at Ranchi on Sunday. The speedster raked in 3/38 from his ten passes and was one of the main reasons the hosts were able to limit South Africa 278/7.
At one stage, with Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram doing so well, it looks like Proteas will easily pass the 300-run mark. But as he did in the third T20I and the first ODI, Mohammed Siraj cast another dramatic spell at the moment of his death to ensure that the Men in Blue weren’t chasing mammoth targets.
Fans on Twitter are really buzzing about how well Siraj has been doing lately. With all the debate about whether Mohammed Shami will replace Jasearch Bumrah in India T20 World Cup Many feel that Siraj should come to Australia as part of the main squad.
Here are some reactions:
Mohammed Siraj’s catch changed the game in South Africa
India’s bowlers got off to a good start, helping them regain both openers early in the game. This is where Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram meet. First, the duo stabilized the Protea ship and then started taking advantage of sideballs.
The duo added 129 runs for the third bracket and look set to take it up a notch. However, Mohammed Siraj was back on the attack and provided the much-needed breakthrough for Hendricks. The ball holder also had a good catch long ago to get rid of Heinrich Klaasen and that really put South Africa on hold.
The away team had David Miller at home, but he found it difficult to connect, thanks to some of the last home team’s bowling discipline. Will Team India manage to chase 279 and survive the series? Only time will answer.