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IND against SA 2022, 2nd T20I

Cricket is a game of inches where mini-battles, in other words, clashes, hold the key. Such a battle unfolded in the second T20I between India and South Africa on Sunday when Keshav Maharaj, a left-arm Orthodox, came to play the bowl of left-handed Rishabh Pant, and it was won by the South -African.

South Africa and India faced off in the second T20I of the five-match series on Sunday at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack. The tourists, who were leading 1-0, won the toss and asked the Rishab Panting-side led at bat first. India got off to a steady start, reaching 68/2 at the end of nine overs.

South African captain Temba Bavuma then introduced orthodox left arm Keshav Maharaj into the attack. Pant, the swashbuckling southpaw, was on strike, and he saw the opportunity to get some points. The Indian captain came out immediately, but Maharaj saw it coming and threw in a longer delivery. Pant tried to reach for that and tried to play it over sweeper cover. However, the timing wasn’t enough and Rassie van der Dussen, who was at the deep point, took a simple hold to complete the dismissal.

Maharaj, after hitting smart with the first ball, was seen puffing up after edging Pant.

Here are the reactions after Pant’s wicket:

How irresponsible is this shot?

There was no need to fire that shot at all!

He has to make time for himself first.

Lol!

He needs to stop doing this over and over again!

Hahahaha!

He will regret it!

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