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IND vs SA: Shreyas Iyer explains why India held Dinesh Karthik back
When Hardik Pandya was bowled by Wayne Parnell, India had been reduced to 90 for 4 in the 13th over against South Africa in the second T20I in Cuttack. Dinesh Karthik had been slotted in at No 6 but he was held back as India decided to send in Axar Patel instead. While Patel could manage only 10 off 11 deliveries, Karthik, who arrived at No 7 with five overs left, overcame a slow start to knock an unbeaten 30 off 21. However, India could only post 148 for 6 in a four-wicket defeat.
After the game, Shreyas Iyer said that India would continue to preserve Karthik for the death overs, although the decision came in for criticism from former South Africa captain Graeme Smith in the post-match broadcast analysis. “It’s definitely something we have strategised earlier as well. We had seven overs left and Axar Patel is someone who can take singles, who can keep rotating the strike,” Iyer explained in the post-match press conference.