Heinrich Klaasen guides South Africa to a sensational 4-wicket win India In the second T20 match at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack. Klaasen, who found a spot in the Proteas line-up in place of Quinton de Kock, who was injured, took advantage of the opportunity with both hands as he chased down a target of 149 to ease South Africa’s job with a 46-ball 81. scored runs. On a surface where the batsmen were working hard to break boundaries, Klaasen hit 5 sixes and 7 fours. It was also his highest score in T20I cricket.
Series hero opener David Miller scored the winning run for his team in Cuttack as South Africa took a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. He remained unbeaten on 20 runs.
Chasing a modest target of 149, South Africa lost three wickets in the powerplay courtesy of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who brought his A-game to the table on Sunday. She dismissed Reeza Hendrix for just 4 runs in the first over itself, while defending the target of less than 149 runs.
Whereas, in the second over of his spell, Bhuvneshwar got rid of the explosive Dwayne Pretorius as he too scored just 4. Rishabh Pant backed him to bowl the third over and the veteran pacer did not disappoint his captain. In the final over of the powerplay, Bhuvneshwar dismissed Rassie van der Dussen for just 1. It was the peach of a delivery by the premier pacer as he pitched the ball outside the off-stump and it came back as van der Dussen was completely out of it. , It hit the top of the off stump to stop in the middle.
Temba Bavuma and Klaasen put on a crucial 64 run partnership to stabilize the Proteas chase. Although Bavuma was cast for 35 by Yuzvendra Chahal as India looked to return, Klaasen joined hands with Miller to give him no chance. The duo put on a 51-run partnership to take South Africa closer to the target.
Klaasen was dismissed by Harshal Patel as he looked to play the glory shot to seal the game for his team.
Bhuvneshwar was the bowlers’ choice for India with excellent figures of 4/13.
Earlier, Dinesh Karthik turned back the clock to finalize the Indian innings in the second T20I against South Africa. Karthik scored an unbeaten 30 off 21 balls to take India to 148/6 in 20 overs.
Karthik made a slow start and was on 9 off 16 balls but he decided to shift gears in the final over to hit Anrich Nortje for some boundaries. He chased it down in the last over where he hit Pretorius for a couple of sixes. Karthik scored 21 runs in the last five balls.