New Delhi: Team India and South Africa have now reached Cuttack after a crushing defeat in the first match. The second T20 match will be played against South Africa on June 12. Players of the Indian and South African cricket teams arrived in Odisha on Friday amid tight security ahead of their T20I match at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on June 12. Both the teams landed at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar at around 2 pm. Hundreds of cricket lovers gathered to welcome him.
Just have a glimpse…
A large number of fans gathered outside the airport, hotel and on both sides of the road to catch a glimpse of the cricket stars. The players were welcomed at the airport by the members of the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA). They were taken to the hotel in special buses amid tight security. Ahead of Sunday’s match, Director General (DG) of Odisha Police SK Bansal along with senior police and district administration officials took stock of the arrangements at the Barabati Stadium.
Discussion with Quinton de Kock
Captain Rishabh Pant was seen discussing with South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock at the airport. At the same time, Vice-Captain Hardik Pandya was also seen busy in talks with the opposition players. Team India players had a lot of fun in the flight. Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik and Ishaan Kishan appeared in the mood for fun. On reaching the hotel, the players were welcomed by showering flowers.
Captain Rishabh Pant’s Challenge
One of the reasons for the crushing defeat in the first match was the poor bowling of Team India. Except Avesh Khan, all the bowlers looted runs at an economy of more than 10. Veteran bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar proved to be very expensive. He took one wicket for 43 runs in 10 overs. In IPL, Purple Cap winner Yuzvendra Chahal conceded 26 runs in 2.1 overs. Harshal Patel gave 43 runs in 4 overs, Axar Patel gave 40 runs. Hardik Pandya bowled an over and conceded 18 runs. Captain Pant’s challenge will be to correct Team India’s bowling lineup.
first published:June 10, 2022, 7:22 p.m.