South Africa locked horns with England in the 2nd ODI of the three-match series in Bloemfontein on Sunday (January 29). During the fixture, the visiting skipper, Jos Buttler got angry and was involved in a heated exchange with Rassie van der Dussen. Buttler is one of the calm and composed players on the field.
However, the England captain couldn’t control himself after the South Africa batter seemingly blocked him from taking a catch. Buttler confronted van der Dussen and asked what his problem was. The video of the exchange between the two is viral on social media. The SA batter is the fulcrum of his side’s batting and England needs his wicket.
👀 Jos Buttler is at it again.#SAvsENG | #Proteas https://t.co/d4724m1ws7 pic.twitter.com/TSn9OdaK3M
— PEAK (@ThePeakSA) January 29, 2023
The match referee will surely be having a conversation with the duo about the on-field incident and the senior players might also be fined. Buttler and van der Dussen are former IPL teammates. The South African cricketer was part of Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022. He was released by the franchise before the IPL 2023 mini-auction. He went unsold in the auction.
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Talking of the ongoing ODI series, the home team won the opening game by a narrow margin of 27 runs. Batting first, SA rode on van der Dussen’s 111 to put on a total of 298 on the board. He was well-assisted by David Miller, who hit 53 off 56.
With the ball, Anrich Nortje took a four-for while Sisanda Magala dismissed 3 batters for 46 runs. Magala was awarded with the Player of the Match award. In the 2nd ODI, SA was chasing a big target of 343 and they managed to do it with 5 wickets in their hands and as many balls to spare.
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Jos Buttler played a key role in the big total and remained unbeaten on 94 off 82. Harry Brook hit 80 off 75 while Moeen Ali contributed 51 off 44. The hosts are missing the services of Magala for the fixture. The home team is 4 down for 273 after 40 overs and can chase down the target. Captain Temba Bavuma was dismissed for 109 while van de Dussen scored 38 off as many balls.