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India vs South Africa 2nd T20I – Post Match Comments

South Africa defeated India by four wickets in the second Twenty20 International at Cuttack’s Barabati Stadium to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Despite being in a strong position after dismissing the top order early on, the bowlers let the hosts down once more.

Temba Bavuma, the Proteas captain, won the toss and chose to bowl first. After opener Ruturaj Gaikwad was dismissed for one, Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer formed a small partnership. After Kishan was out, India suffered a collapse as Iyer attempted to stabilise the innings, scoring 40 off 35 balls.

Dinesh Karthik’s (21-ball 30*) finishing touches helped India reach 148/6. Anrich Nortje took 2/36 for the visitors, while Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, and Keshav Maharaj each took one wicket.

Before Powerplay, the Proteas were trailing at 29/3. Then came wicketkeeper-batter Heinrich Klaasen, who held his nerve brilliantly and counter-attacked the Indian bowlers. Klaasen demonstrated his class by going on to record a fantastic half-century.

He appeared to be on track for a big score, but his promising innings ended with 81 runs off 46 pitches. South Africa lost a couple more wickets after that, but there was no need to be concerned because David Miller completed the formalities in the penultimate over.

This is what the two captains and the player of the match had to say at the end of the match.

Rishabh Pant – Losing Captain

We were 10-15 runs short. Bhuvi and the fast bowlers bowled well in the first 7-8 overs. But after that we weren’t up to the mark. In the second half we needed wickets, but we couldn’t get those wickets. They (Klaasen and Bavuma) actually batted really well. We could have bowled better, hope we improve in the next game. We need to win all the remaining three games now.

Temba Bavuma – Winning Captain

 It was a tricky chase, Bhuvi bowled well, he made the ball talk upfront. It could have been clinical towards the end, but we will take that. We really needed someone to take it deep. That’s the role I play in the game, to close it off. There’s a learning I can take from this game, will try better in the next game. We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy chase, but we were confident. We knew we had to execute our plans, and we had to be clinical. We can use him (Miller) at 5 or 6. Klaasen is someone who can do the damage in a couple of balls. He (Klaasen) adds a lot of value to our batting. Whatever your role is, you need to execute as well as you can.

Heinrich Klaasen – Player of the Match

Quinny came up to me in the bus and told me that he has injured his wrist. Yesterday morning his hand was a bit stiff, so I got to know that I am playing yesterday. It looked very difficult with the new ball, so I tried to target the spinners. I am glad it happened against India. I am honored to be here, and I am lucky to be here. Lot of staff members backed me, so pretty happy with that support, this one’s for them.