Bounce and carry is possibly a thing of the past as South Africa inch into the cauldron of spin that India will likely stir throughout the series.
Today second T20 of India vs South Africa scheduled at 7 PM in 3 T20 matches at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack. Ind 92-4, 17 overs.
As the play remained stopped, police officials were pressed into action to vacate the troubled galleries, especially the upper tiers from where most of the bottles kept flying in. SA 49-3, 8 overs. “He bowled really fast”, said Du Plessis. “Tonight they were exceptional”, du Plessis said after the game. They may consider playing another spinner though – they have Amit Mishra and Harbhajan Singh – instead of one of their seamers. SA 13-1, 2 overs.
Sharma was slow to start but once he had gauged the pace of the wicket he plundered runs at will and became only the second Indian to score a T20 global hundred after Suresh Raina.
Another soft dismissal as Patel flicks to the midwicket fielder. Harbhajan Singh, batting ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin, was then cleaned up off his first ball with a googly from Tahir. Ind 58-4, 10 overs.
Sharma, who hit a century in Dharamsala, was run out by a direct throw by David Miller from point. India were now 30 for 2 in the fifth over.
Morris is smashed for a couple of boundaries but traps Dhawan leg before as the batsman tries to whip him off his toes. “I reckon it’s the best bowling performance we have had as a T20 team”. South Africa made one change to the winning XI with Albie Morkel making his first global appearance in 18 months, in place of Marchant de Lange.
“Cuttack should not be given an global for the next couple of years”. We have to play according to the conditions. I am pretty disappointed, it was unfortunate. But captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (20 not out) struck a last-ball six off Abbott to ensure the target was not less than 200.
“I think we all grow into particular kind of roles”. Overall, we didn’t bat well at all.
“I know they are not too skilled, nevertheless it’s the identical with the South African assault. But when you play these kind of tournaments, you grow as a cricketer”, he said. “It is a lot warmer here so we will have to be smart with the way that we manage our energy”. “We have got a few learning done against their batters”.
“This was definitely one of my best innings”, Duminy said.
Indian players celebrate the wicket of South Africa’s Hashim Amla. With South Africa 29 runs away from victory, the spectators turned unruly and started pelting bottles on the ground.
De Villiers opened the innings in Dharamsala and scored 51 off 42 balls. His 105-run unbeaten partnership for the fourth wicket with Farhaan Behardien (32 not out) sealed the game for the Proteas.