Mohammed Siraj led an inexperienced Indian bowling team brilliantly to limit South Africa with a score of 278/7 after the visitors chose to hit the baton.
Iyer made his second hundred ODIs (113 not out 111) and shared a 161-run win with Kishan (93 off 84) to ensure a comfortable 45.5 overs win for one team India second chain.
As it happened: India vs South Africa, 2nd ODI
24-year-old Kishan looks like a transformed hitter and shows off his different batting classes by going into beast mode after a responsible start.
The left-back broke seven six and four boundaries in the best shot of his career from 84 balls, while Iyer played a perfect card.
The series’ designated vice-captain, Iyer, is at his best in the ODIs, having beaten a fortieth century in his final six innings.
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Locked in one-all after two games, both teams will play the series decider in Delhi on Tuesday.
On India’s options grid ahead of the game, Ishan made his intentions clear as he tackled a loose ball with a rough ball, plunging straight into the oven of the MS Dhoni stall.
On match day, the stage was just perfect for the guy who beat the smallest boss in his home field. India needed 231 from 41.1 overs as Shubman Gill (28; 26b) looked classy dead against Rabada’s gravity-defying low catch next time around.
Kishan entered and was on high alert. He trained hard for singles and overcame a hostile bowling shot from Nortje as he was hitting over 145 clicks on a slow Ranchi wicket.
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However, the left winger did not panic as he reached 29 of 46 balls.
South Africa then kicks off with revolving games with reserve captain Maharaj looking to sack Kishan for the second time in a row.
But Kishan attacked the left gyroscope and hit him in three sixs including two out of four.
The only bright spot in his innings was when he missed a ball for Rabada but this time he dropped a custodian.
On the next delivery, Kishan delivered a blow to the elbow that seemed to unsettle him before he fell painfully like a century-old maiden.
Earlier, Aiden Markram (79 of 89 balls) and Reeza Hendricks (74 of 76) controlled midfield procedures.
But Siraj caused the downfall and also had a beautiful forward run to knock off dangerous-looking Heinrich Klaasen (30).
He cleverly mixes slower ones, bowling with a tight line and length, and doesn’t even give form David Miller (35 not out) a chance to take him away. He conceded just three times in the 50th half ending with the numbers 10-1-38-3.
From 169/3, aided by Hendricks and Markram’s 129th a-ball running partnership, South Africa lost three quick hits with some clever ballpark placements and captain India’s bowling rotation. Degree Shikhar Dhawan.
Even the in-form Miller struggled to advance in the deathmatch and Siraj came out on top as they scored just 57 runs in the last 10 rounds with the loss of two shots.
Debutant Shabaz Ahmed jumped for joy after carrying his first international stick when caught in a trap Janneman Malan in front of the trees.
It looked to be a perfect start for India with the away team at 40/2 after 10 passes with only seven boundaries on a dull and dry JSCA match.
But what follows is a calculated and composed approach by the mid-tier duo of Markram and Hendricks, who happily spend their time, playing dotball and forging partnerships.
From the 20th on, they gradually increased it, picking odd boundaries continuously and immediately they reached their respective fifties – Hendricks in 58 balls, and Markram in 64 balls.
The Hendricks beat Kuldeep for a long time in the 27th as they started to make their intentions clear.
But thankfully for India, Hendricks managed to escape a short serve from Siraj.
It opened the door for India and with some clever Dhawan captaincy, they managed to sneak into three traps in 46 runs including that of a dangerous-looking Klaasen.