RANCHI: Shreyas Iyer was in no mood to intrude Ishan Kishan‘s privacy as the southpaw was in “beast mode” against the South Africa in the second ODI here.
Kishan was at his attacking best on Sunday, slamming 93 off 84 balls with the help of four boundaries and five hits over the fence at his home ground. Together with Iyer (113 not out), he shared 161 runs for the third wicket to guide India to seven wicket win and level the three-match series.
“I just wanted to talk to you and communicate pretty well, but since you were in beast mode, and in your zone, I didn’t want to intrude on your privacy,” Iyer told Kishan in a chat after the match published on BCCI‘s twitter handle.
“Nonetheless, we won the match, and it takes two to tango. I’m really happy that we finished on a good note and probably in the next game, you might get a century.
“I just came and took some knocking yesterday (Saturday), but I was disappointed when you missed out on your hundred,” Iyer added.
With four fifties and a ton in his last six ODI innings, Iyer is in the form of his life.
Talking about his celebrations after scoring his second ODI century on Sunday, Iyer said: “The celebration was nothing much, it just came instinctively.
In Pics: Iyer, Kishan star as India hammer South Africa
<p>Shreyas Iyer hit a century and Ishan Kishan made 93 to power India to a seven-wicket win over South Africa in the second ODI and keep the series alive.</p>
<p>Chasing 279, India rode on a 161-run third-wicket partnership between Kishan and Iyer (113*), to achieve their target with 25 balls to spare.</p>
<p>Indian bowlers choked the runs in the final overs and kept South Africa to 278-7 despite a 129-run stand between Reeza Hendricks (74) and Aiden Markram (79).</p>
<p>Mohammed Siraj returned figures of 3-38 as South Africa managed just 57 runs in the final 10 overs.</p>
<p>The Proteas were 204-3 after 37 overs and looked likely to get more than 300 but the tables turned after Hendricks got out.</p>
<p>Heinrich Klaasen (30) and Markram fell in the space of three deliveries.</p>
<p>Siraj, who struck first with the wicket of Quinton de Kock, had Hendricks caught by debutant Shahbaz Ahmed to break the big stand.</p>
<p>David Miller hit an unbeaten 35 off 34 balls but failed to provide an attacking finish as Siraj gave away just three runs in the 50th over.</p>
<p>India lost their openers including skipper Shikhar Dhawan for 13 after getting starts but Kishan and Iyer stood firm to revive the chase.</p>
<p>Kishan took on Anrich Nortje in one over to smash him for a four and two sixes, but missed out on a maiden international ton when he fell to Bjorn Fortuin.</p>
<p>Iyer, who reached his second ODI ton with a boundary, stood unbeaten with Sanju Samson (30*), in an unbroken stand of 73 to steer the team home.</p>
<p>The loss puts South Africa in danger of missing out on direct entry into next year’s 50-over World Cup in India.</p>
<p>South Africa languish at 11th in the Super League table and only the top eight teams (seven and hosts India) earn direct qualification to the 2023 tournament.</p>
“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, how it’s going to play, I just applied in my mind in a similar fashion and things turned out pretty well for me.”
The third and series deciding ODI will be played in New Delhi on Tuesday.