India vs South Africa: Team India was defeated by South Africa by 4 wickets in the second T20 match played in Cuttack on Sunday. South Africa have now taken a 2-0 lead over India in the five-match T20 International series. After this defeat, questions are being raised on the game plan of Team India.
Question on Team India’s game plan
It may seem strange to send bowling all-rounder Axar Patel to bat before Dinesh Karthik, but top-order batsman Shreyas Iyer defended the decision taken in the second T20 against South Africa, saying that it was a matter of stealing a couple of runs (rotate the strike). Seeing the circumstances to do so, it was done.
Axar Patel was dropped before Karthik
This strategy did not work and Axar struggled to score runs. His dismissal in the 17th over reduced India’s score to 112 for six. Karthik’s unbeaten 30, who came to bat at number seven, helped India reach 148 for six. Shreyas told reporters after the match, ‘We had adopted such a strategy earlier also. When Axar landed at the crease, we had seven overs left. He can take a couple of runs and rotate the strike.
This player opened the secret
He said, ‘Apart from this, then there was no need for anyone to hit the crease and hit with the first ball. DK (Karthik) can do that, but he has been more beneficial for us after 15 overs where he can play long shots as soon as he hits the crease. Shreyas argued that even Karthik had to struggle to score runs on this wicket. He said, ‘Even in the beginning, he (Karthik) also found it a little difficult to score runs. The wicket played a big role in this match. As far as this strategy is concerned, we will follow it in future also.
India could have scored more than 160 runs
If Karthik had been sent earlier, India could have scored more than 160 runs and Shreyas also admitted that in the end almost 12 runs fell short. He said, ‘If you look at the match, I think 160 runs on this wicket would have been really good to put a little pressure, but we were 12 runs short of that.’ South Africa took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series after registering a four-wicket win with the help of Heinrich Klaasen’s 81 runs.
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