India suffered a six-wicket loss in the second T20I at the hands of South Africa in Cuttack on Monday. The Indian batting failed miserably on Monday and they posted only 92 on the board. Chasing the modest target, South Africa lost three early wickets but JP Duminy carried the team and saw it past the target. The match had to be stopped twice as angry spectators threw bottles on the ground. (Full Coverage: South Africa in India)
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As it happended (Time in IST, newest on top)
2243 hrs IST: South Africa win! They beat India by 6 wickets and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the T20 series.
2235 hrs IST: WICKET! Axar Patel traps Frahan Behardien in front. SA lose their 4th wicket.
2225 hrs IST: Players are back on the field. Play resumes
2215 hrs IST: Umpires still waiting for the crowd to disperse or settle down. SA still need 23 runs but well ahead by D/L method if match is called off
Disgusting scenes in Cuttack…. So many Venues in India…. Easy punishment…Don’t let them host internationals for a few years…#SAvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 5, 2015
2207 hrs IST: Play has been suspended again! The crowd not under control in Cuttack
What a shame ! When we win all is good when we loosing is that how u behave ? Pl show some respect to your players and respect the game
Further disgrace. Players going off. Strong action needed. Cuttack letting India down.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 5, 2015
2200 hrs IST: Play resumes after the interruption. SA need 29 more runs.
2135 hrs IST: Play stopped! Angry spectators throw bottles on the ground. It’s a capacity crowd in Cuttack today, and they’re not pleased with India’s show
2124 hrs IST: Harbhajan finishes his spell with figures of 0/20. Ashwin pick of the bowlers for India with excellent figures of 3/24
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 5, 2015
2117 hrs IST: WICKET! It’s getting interesting in Cuttack. Ashwin scalps the big fish AB de Villiers. SA 49/3
2109 hrs IST: WICKET! Faf uses his feet again but this time fails to make good connection. Mohit takes a neat catch to get rid of the South Africa skipper off Ashwin’s bowling
2102 hrs IST: Harbhajan tossing ’em up but Du Plessis not afraid to use his feet against the offie
2054 hrs IST: WICKET! Ashwin has done it again! Removes Amla early. Caught at leg-slip. SA 13/1
2047 hrs IST: Players are back and AB de Villiers begans his show. Two boundaries in the first over
2035 hrs IST: WICKET! Chris Morris dismisses Ashwin and India are all out for 92 – their second lowest T20I score
2026 hrs IST: WICKET! Morkel cleans up Bhuvi for a duck. Morkel picks his 3rd wicket, India lose their 9th
2024 hrs IST: WICKET! Axar hits one straight Faf du Plessis. Albie Morkel picks his second wicket
2014 hrs IST: South Africa have been brilliant with the ball. The seamers rattled the hosts, and now spinner Tahir with the clean-up job
2011 hrs IST: WICKET! Tahir’s in a hurry…Cleans up Harbhajan with a googly. India seven down, Tahir on a hat-trick
2010 hrs IST: WICKET! Soft dismissal…Raina hits one straight to Amla. India lose their sixth wicket
2004 hrs IST: WICKET! India continue to lose wickets at regular intervals. Dhoni edges one to AB behind the stumps. 67/5
1950 hrs IST: Raina is timing the ball sweetly in the middle. It’s important he fights it out with skipper Dhoni in the middle
1945 hrs IST: WICKET! Rabada castles Rayudu for a duck. India need some stability to give their bowlers something to bowl at
1941 hrs IST: Rahane warms the bench, and the debate goes on…
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 5, 2015
1940 hrs IST: South Africa have been brilliant in the field today. Giving nothing away. Their ground fielding in particular has been excellent
1938 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliance in the field ends Rohit’s innings. The opener is run-out for 22. India 43/3
1920 hrs IST: WICKET! Mix-up and Virat Kohli’s not even waiting. He’s run-out for just one. India in a spot of bother at 30/2
1918 hrs IST: WICKET! Loud shout and up goes the finger. Dhawan attempts to whip one off his pads but fails to make connection. Morris traps him in front. India 28/1
1910 hrs IST: Interesting first over from Tahir. Extracted some awkward bounce off the strip
1905 hrs IST: Early spin! Tahir to bowl with the hard new ball
1900 hrs IST: Mix-up, Rohit hurts himself but survives
1857 hrs IST: Kyle Abbott to commence proceedings with the ball. Dhawan and Rohit to open the innings for India
If ARahane doesn’t play in ANY FORM of Crkt 2day there’s something grossly wrong w/team strategy!in fact 1 helluva daft move-unpardonable!!!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) October 5, 2015
1855 hrs IST: The two teams are out in the middle. Moments away from live action
1842 hrs IST: Big big game for Harbhajan
— Daksh Panwar (@Daksh140) October 5, 2015
1839 hrs IST: India go heavy on spin for this fixture but continue to field five specialist bowlers. Rahane misses out again as the batting combination remains unchanged
1837 hrs IST: Ind XI – S Dhawan, RG Sharma, V Kohli, S Raina, MS Dhoni, A Rayudu, A Patel, R Ashwin, H Singh, B Kumar, M Sharma
1836 hrs IST: SA XI – AB de Villiers, H Amla, F du Plessis, JP Duminy, D Miller, F Behardien, A Morkel, C Morris, K Abbott, K Rabada, I Tahir
1834 hrs IST: South Africa too make a change. Bring in Albie Morkel for Merchant de Lange
1830 hrs IST: South Africa elect to field, India bring in Harbhajan Singh for S Aravind
1820 hrs IST: It’s a full house in Cuttack
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 5, 2015
1814 hrs IST: No dew in Cuttack at the moment. Cloudy and humid but we are still sometime away from the first ball
1810 hrs IST: Pitch – It’s very different from Dharamsala. Lot’s of cracks on this strip. Something in it for the bowlers. The odd one might keep low, if it hits one of those cracks. That kind of pitch where the captain’s would like to lose the toss
The build up
The DJ at the Barabati Stadium got his timing wrong. No sooner did MS Dhoni begin his stint at the nets, than the DJ pumped up the volume. An agitated India captain sent across the message to turn it off. An unmindful DJ continued to play the music. This, in turn, forced Dhoni to leave the nets.
AB is the best batsman in the world in this form of the game. He bats 360 degrees and when he gets going, he can give the best bowlers an inferiority complex. He, however, had opened only once in 59 T20 internationals prior to the series against Bangladesh in July this year.
Maybe it was a little surprising to see debutant Sreenath Aravind bowling the last over on a nippy evening in Dharamsala. But MS Dhoni didn’t have other options. He had already bowled out his more experienced bowlers, and in any case the match was all but over by then.