No one expected it to be a one-way street at the beginning of the series as South Africa have romped India in the 2nd T20 game of the five-match series. Despite entering the series without the services of the seniors, including Virat Kolhi, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and KL Rahul, everyone thought that the current Indian team will make their life difficult.
However, nothing as such happened as the Proteas have now taken a 2-0 lead in the series after defeating India by 4 wickets in the 2nd T20 game. On Sunday, India and South Africa locked horns in the 2nd T20 game at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack. The home side entered the game after losing the series opener and they were desperately searching for a win.
South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma invited Rishabh Pant & co. to bat first after winning the toss. The Men in Blue had a terrible start as they lost Ruturaj Gaikwad in the very first over of the innings. From there, the home side struggled for any sort of momentum in their innings all the way to the end. The veteran wicketkeeper tried to provide them with the finishing impetus at the death but India could only post a mediocre total of 148/6 in 20 overs.
India fail to defend the total after Henrich Klaasen’s masterclass
The home side began their defence with a bang courtesy of some swing bowling from the veteran pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who clinched three wickets in the powerplay. However, they failed to clinch the wickets regularly.
In the end, South Africa completed the chase in the 19th over with four wickets in hand and ten balls to spare. With this win, South Africa got ahead 2-0 in the series and they just need one win in three matches to seal the series.
The fans were in no mood to spare India after a pathetic display of cricket and they trolled the Men in Blue subsequently.
Check out the best Tweets here:
This is not India vs South Africa.
It's IPL bullies vs South Africa.
— SavageCreature (@SavageCreature) June 12, 2022
Despite some key players missing for India, didn’t expect that South Africa will be so good in first two matches. #INDvSA #Cricket
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) June 12, 2022
Bad luck again !! #teamindia loose again and this loose totally show the performance of players.#aravchoudhary #RishabhPant#INDvSA
— Arav Choudhary (@iaravchoudhary) June 12, 2022
It's a disappointing performance by the #TeamIndia in Cuttack.
In the last match also a batsman change the game middle overs. RVD in Delhi and KLASSEN in Cuttack. Middle-overs batsmens are big to worries for Indian Cricket Management.
— PARITOSH BEHERA (@Paritosh9Behera) June 12, 2022
India future will be worrisome once rohit and virat retires . These youngsters @RishabhPant17 and @klrahul need to step up in captaincy. Hopefully they are groomed perfectly till 2024 or 2025
— Akshat Raj Patil (@AkshatRajPatil) June 12, 2022
@OfficialCSA is showing our players, cricket is played on cricket field not on social media.@BCCI
— Rajesh Ranjan Sharma (@Rajesh_Ranjan22) June 12, 2022
#Ipl me sher international cricket me dher #INDvsSA
— Haseeb (@iamAj84) June 12, 2022
Where are those IPL nibba who were saying drop Kohli and Rohit from T20 team?
Look how pathetic these IPL merchants are before uttering shit about RO and VK. Not everybody has the pedigree to perform at international level. It ain’t easy as these duo made it look#INDvSA#BCCI pic.twitter.com/xPqdJCKuUj
— Bot Here (@iammessibot) June 12, 2022
Rishabh Pant calling Himself back from Captaincy pic.twitter.com/rL9jtumrAJ
— Kaushik Mitra (@Ikmitra1) June 12, 2022