Former Indian cricket team wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel believes that the national side may face a problem in the future due to the absence of a proper sixth bowler. India have made a habit of fielding five specialist bowlers, but none of the top batsmen are proven assets when it comes to bowling. After India’s defeat to South Africa in the second T20I match, Parthiv explained that after Arshdeep Singh went for many runs in his first two overs, the skipper Suryakumar Yadav didn’t have many options when it comes to bowling change and that was one of the reasons for the defeat.
“It’s something that India will have to think about. If your bowler has gone for a couple of runs, if you don’t have another option or a sixth bowling option, like in today’s case where Arshdeep Singh went for 31 in two overs, it it was always going to be difficult to defend that total.” Parthiv further said Cricbuzz.
Coming to the match, Suryakumar Yadav and Rinku Singh hit quickfire half-centuries for India but South Africa chased down an adjusted target to win the second T20 international by five wickets.
Sent in to bat, India were 180 for seven when rain ended the innings with three balls remaining in their 20 overs. After a delay of almost an hour, South Africa were set to make 152 off 15 overs.
Led by a 49 off 27 balls by the opener Reeza Hendricks, South Africa won with seven balls to spare. They took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after the first leg in Durban was rained out.
South African captain Aiden Markram admitted that conditions favored his team. Rain fell in the run-up to the match before returning at the end of the Indian innings.
“The second bit of rain helped us. The ball skidded a bit and affected the outfield as well,” Markram said.
Indian captain Suryakumar hit 56 off 36 balls and Singh was unbeaten with a career-best 68 off 39 deliveries.
Suryakumar walked out to bat with the total at six for two after two overs. Both openers, Yashavi Jaiswal and Shubman Gillwas dismissed without scoring.
The precarious situation did not deter the captain and Tilak Varma (29) from going on the attack against some erratic bowling. They added 49 off 25 balls.
Suryakumar and Singh then put on 70 off 49 balls.
“That’s the brand of cricket we want to play, whatever the situation,” said Suryakumar.
(With AFP inputs)
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