Shreyas Iyer on Axar Patel batting before Dinesh Karthik

Axar Patel batted ahead of Dinesh Karthik in India’s 2-0 T20I loss to South Africa.

South Africa won the second T20I at Cuttack by four wickets to lead the series 2-0. Henrich Klaasen scored 81 off 46 balls with 7 fours and 5 sixes to help the Proteas chase down 149.

During the Indian innings, Axar Patel was promoted ahead of Dinesh Karthik. Fans on Twitter criticized the choice. Shreyas Iyer said after the game that it was more important to rotate strikes than hit fours and sixes.

Anrich Nortje dismissed Axar after he scored 10 runs off 11 balls.

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Dinesh Karthik’s 30 off 21 balls helped India pass 140.

“We strategized about it earlier. Axar Patel can take singles and rotate the strike, so we didn’t need someone to start hitting from ball one. Even DK can do that, but after 15 overs, he can come in and slog the ball “Shreyas commented postgame.

“Today, even he had trouble starting. The wicket played a big role in today’s game, and I think we’ll use the same tactic in the next one. We’ve done this move before, so it’s one of those days “Adding,

South Africa won the second T20I and bowled. Shreyas Iyer top-scored for India with 40.

Dinesh Karthik scored 30 from 21 balls. Nortje took two wickets for South Africa.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s four wickets weren’t enough to save India.

Tuesday’s third T20I between India and South Africa.

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