Bhuvneshwar Kumar brought his A-game to the table in the second T20I against South Africa at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. veteran India The pacer produced a sensational spell to pick up three early wickets in the powerplay. 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 casts first T20I hero Rassi 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. Totally excluded from it. It hit the top of the off stump to stop in the middle.
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.
Harshal Patel (12 not out in nine balls) gave them a good company as the duo scored 36 runs in the last three overs to improve the stitching of the Indian run-rate to give them some relief.
Coming to bat on a challenging track, the Indian batsmen struggled except for a short second wicket partnership of 45 runs between Kishan and Shreyas Iyer. Opening the bowling, Kagiso Rabada started early and gave success in his first over itself.
He brilliantly set up Ruturaj Gaikwad (1) with a barrage of short balls and combined a fuller to cleverly defraud the opener to 4-0-15-1, which included 13 dot balls.
(with agency input)