Team India humbled by Proteas
Cuttack: A de-spirited batting performance by the Indians and an unruly crowd were the lows of the second T-20 International between India and South Africa which the visitors won by 6 wickets. The victory also meant that the proteas took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series.
It was Déjà vu time as disgraceful images of the 1996 World Cup semifinal being abandoned at the Eden Gardens came flashing again as crowd trouble reared its head at the Barabati stadium on Monday night with India slumping to defeat in the second T20 international against South Africa, losing the series.
Put into bat, the hosts faltered against a disciplined South African attack to be bowled out for a paltry 92 in 17.2 overs and the crowd, unable to digest the pathetic batting display, started throwing water bottles onto the ground. This was India’s second lowest T20 score after their 74 against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in February 2008.
The spectators at the Barabati Stadium continued to throw bottles during the South African chase but could only delay the inevitable as Proteas cruised to victory.
Thankfully the bottles did not invade the playing area and fell on the practice surface outside the fence near the dressing room and the play resumed after the scheduled break with police officials taking control of the situation. There were also repeated announcements from the OCA to pacify the spectators and the match began without any further interruption.