Shreyas Iyer on Axar Patel Coming Out To Bat Before Dinesh Karthik: “Someone Who Can Take Singles”
In the second T20I, which India lost, Axar Patel batted ahead of Dinesh Karthik as South Africa took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
South Africa kept their winning streak going in the second T20I at Cuttack, defeating India by four wickets to take a 2-0 series lead. Henrich Klaasen hit 81 off 46 balls, including seven fours and five sixes, to help the Proteas chase down 149 with 10 balls remaining. Axar Patel has promoted ahead of Dinesh Karthik during India’s innings, a move that backfired and prompted criticism on Twitter. In a post-game press conference, batter Shreyas Iyer explained the decision, saying that the necessity of the hour was to rotate strikes rather than smashing fours and sixes.
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After scoring 10 runs off 11 balls, Axar was dismissed by Anrich Nortje in the 17th over of the innings.
So Dinesh Karthik remained unbeaten on 30 from 21 balls, and his contribution helped India cross the 140-run mark.
“As you can see, it’s also something we talked about earlier. We only had seven overs left, and Axar Patel is a singles taker who can keep the strike going. So we didn’t need someone to come in straight away and start banging on ball one. DK can do it as well, but only after 15 overs when he can come in and slog the ball. DK has proven to be a really useful tool for us.” Shreyas added during a post-match press conference.
“Today, he, too, was having problems getting started. In today’s game, the wicket was essential! That’s a strategy I feel we’ll use again in the upcoming game; it’s what we’ve been doing well with. This is a move we’ve used a lot in previous games, so it’s one of those days “He went on to say the following.
In the second T20I, South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl. India scored 148/6 in 20 overs, with Shreyas Iyer top-scoring with 40.
Dinesh Karthik remained undefeated with a score of 30 from 21 balls. South Africa’s Anrich Nortje returned with two wickets.
India was unable to defend the score despite Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s four wickets.
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