Klaasen 81 leads South Africa to 149 and 2-0 series lead

Brief scorecard: India 148/6 (Shreyas Iyer 40, Ishan Kishan 34, Dinesh Karthik 30*; Anrich Nortje 2/36) lost to South Africa 149/6 (Heinrich Klaasen 81, Temba Bavuma 35, David Miller 20*; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4/13) by 4 wickets

Statistical highlights of India vs South Africa 2nd T20I 2022

  • South Africa executed their plans to perfection, with bat and ball, to beat India by four wickets in the second T20 International at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack and go 2-0 up in the five-match series.
  • In this instance, Heinrich Klaasen played the defining knock for the Proteas as they chased down India’s 148 for six with 10 balls to spare. It is Klaasen’s fourth T20I fifty and his second against India.
  • The victory is South Africa’s eighth in 17 T20Is against India. It’s also their fifth in six T20Is against India in India.
  • An injury to Quinton de Kock gave Klaasen a rare opportunity in the playing XI. On a two-paced Cuttack pitch where run-scoring proved challenging, Klaasen walked in to bat with South Africa two down for 13 and needing stability. As it turned out, Klaasen not just provided stability but combined it with unique shot-making that enables him to accumulate runs with ease.
  • Playing at his home ground, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had given India the perfect start to their attempted defence of 148 for six by removing Reeza Hendricks (who came in place of Tristan Stubbs) and Rassie van der Dussen in his first two overs. He would go on to finish with figures of 4-0-13-4, providing a reminder of his control of line, length, and swing.
  • Earlier South Africa captain Temba Bavuma won his second consecutive toss and chose to field first. Ishan Kishan started fluently and provided impetus to the Indian innings with back-to-back sixes oFf Anrich Nortje. He followed those up with another pull for a six over midwicket off Dwaine Pretorius. However, just as he set himself up for a big score, Nortje dismissed him with a disconcerting bouncer that Kishan miscued to the fielder at deep midwicket.
  • The Indian innings stalled after Kishan’s dismissal, even as Shreyas Iyer kept the scoreboard ticking while the wickets kept tumbling at the other end. Dinesh Karthik’s unbeaten 21-ball 30 provided India the powerful finish they had been looking for, but 148 proved too small a score yet.
  • India’s defeat is their second in as many T20Is under Rishabh Pant’s captaincy.
  • Kagiso Rabada reached 50 wickets in T20 Internationals as he dismissed Ruturaj Gaikwad in the first over of the match.