Rohit Sharma-led India took on Temba Bavuma-led South Africa in the second T20I of the three-match T20I series on Sunday at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. Bavuma won the toss and invited India to bat first on a pitch that looked tricky. India, meanwhile, did not mind batting first as they scored around 60 runs in the first six overs.
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma were looking in full control until an unwanted guest entered the field and interrupted the play. While generally, it is a dog or a fan that invades the pitch, it was a snake this time. Yes, a snake. As Keshav Maharaj was about to start the eight over for South Africa, a few players spotted a snake on the ground.
Wayne Parnell and others pointed it to the on-field umpires who called for help from outside. The ground staff rushed in with the necessary equipment and it was all sorted in a couple of minutes. Fortunately for everyone, the reptile left the ground without harming anyone.
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Meanwhile, India did a terrific job with the bat to put a massive 237/3 in their 20 overs. Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul starred with 61 (22) and 57 (28) respectively. Star batter Virat Kohli also scored an unbeaten 49 at a brisk strike rate of 175. Kohli and Yadav put up a 102-run partnership for the third wicket in just 40 balls.
After Yadav fell due to a miscommunication between the two batters, Dinesh Karthik walked out to bat ahead of Rishabh Pant. And the wicketkeeper batter did not disappoint as he scored a 7-ball 17 and propelled India to 237/3.