Pitch Invader Interrupts Second India-South Africa T20I
The ongoing second T20I between India and South Africa at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali was interrupted when a fan invaded the pitch. The pitch invader managed to breach the tight security and entered the field as he tried to make his way towards the pitch.
The incident occurred during South Africa’s innings. But before the invader could get close to the players, he was stopped by the security officials. The fan was seen trying to sneak up to Indian cricketers and shake hands with them. The pitch invader was agonisingly close to shaking hands with bowler Navdeep Saini when the security officials caught hold off him.
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Talking about the game, South Africa ended their innings in the second T20I on a competitive total of 149 for 5. Skipper Quinton de Kock and debutant Temba Bavuma played impressive knocks but India managed to restrict the visitors to less than 150.
Quinton de Kock, who was making his debut as T20I skipper, led from the front, scoring 52 from just 37 balls. Bavuma, on the other hand, struggled to play quickly but still managed to score 49. He, however, played 43 balls to collect those 49 runs. The game was Bavuma’s first limited-overs appearance for South Africa in almost two years.
South Africa, meanwhile, struggled to end their innings strongly. India bowled well in the death overs, conceding only 24 runs in the final four. Pacer Deepak Chahar was pick of the bowler with two wickets for 22 runs from his four overs. Earlier in the game, India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to field first.
The first game of the series was washed out on Sunday without a ball being bowled. The winner of the game will take an unassailable lead in the three-match series. After the T20Is, both the teams will play three Tests against each other.