Monday, 5 October 2015

India vs South Africa - 2nd T20 Cricket

05 Oct 2015

India vs South Africa - 2nd T20 Cricket at Cuttack

All-round SA seal series after crowd interruption

India vs South Africa
92/10 (17.2) 96/4 (17.1)
South Africa won by 6 wickets
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Albie Morkel celebrated a return to the South African side in his 50th T20I, after an absence of 18 months with a career-best haul of 3 for 12 and a starring role in a series win. South Africa sealed the series with a game to spare with one of their most commanding performances in this format. They dismissed India for their second-lowest T20 total, much to the chagrin of the Cuttack crowd, who interrupted play twice during South Africa's chase by throwing bottles onto the outfield, and they did it on a surface snaked with cracks.

The Cuttack pitch was not what would be a considered a South African seamer's playground. It had the appearance of a frozen-over surface, struck by something sharp, causing rivers of fissures, and Faf du Plessis only chose to make first use of it because of high humidity which he thought would bring dew. The expected dampness did not arrive and neither did India's batsmen. They succumbed to several soft dismissals and showed none of the temperament required to score runs on the surface and South Africa took full advantage. That India's top-scorers managed just 22 each and the rest of the line-up could only collectively muster 37 speaks about the lack of application by the Indian batsmen.

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