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IND vs SA LIVE: All-rounder Shardul Thakur showcases batting credentials, scores maiden ODI fifty after middle order collapse

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IND vs SA LIVE: All-rounder Shardul Thakur scores maiden ODI fifty – While India crumbled to defeat in the first ODI at Paarl, Shardul Thakur once again showcased his ability with the bat on Wednesday. Coming into bat after India’s middle-order completely collapsed, Thaurscored his maiden ODI half-century to earn the visitors some respectability in defeat as they motored to 265 in their pursuit of 296. This was the 30-year-old’s latest exploit with the bat in hand with a shade of MS Dhoni, having played together with the former Indian captain at Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Follow Insidesport.in for all IND vs SA 1st ODI LIVE Updates. 

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IND vs SA LIVE: All-rounder Shardul Thakur showcases batting credentials, scores maiden ODI fifty after middle-order collapse

After India lost five wickets in the space of just 10 overs, Shardul Thakur once again came up with a notable performance with the bat in what was ultimately a lost cause for the visitors. Shardul played himself in stitching a partnership with Jasprit Bumrah to help India to some respectability.

The 30-year-old was sedate and took the game deep before launching a few trademark lusty blows MS Dhoni style to score a maiden half-century off the final ball of the innings. Shardul Thakur’s fifty meant that the pacer now has international half-centuries in Australia, England and now South Africa.

Thakur’s fifty will give India some solace with Kl Rahul and Co clearly missing a genuine all-rounder with Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar and Hardik Pandya all unavailable. Shardul’s credentials with the bat give India some much-needed batting depth especially with the Men in Blue going a batsman short in their playing XI this series.

IND vs SA LIVE: All-rounder Shardul Thakur showcases batting credentials, scores maiden ODI fifty after middle-order collapse

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