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South Africa Crushes India To Seal The T-20 Series, Fans Hurl Water Bottles

Cuttack, October 6: After the defeat in the first T-20 match held at Dharmasala, India yet again lost the second T-20 battle at Barabati in Cuttack on Monday night. South Africa crushed India by 6 wickets and sealed the ongoing three match series by 2-0.

India, put to bat, skittled for only 92 in 17.1 overs after which the Proteas sealed the series with their in just 17.1 overs with 17 balls to spare.

JP Duminy was again the man to guide South Africa home scoring  30 off 39 balls on atrack where batting was never easy.

Meanwhile, unable to digest the pathetic batting display of the Indian team, fans started throwing water bottles onto the ground which interrupted the play twice for 19 minutes and 24 minuted respectively. It was a disgraceful behaviour by the crowd, who did not respond to repeated requests on the public system to keep calm putting a question mark on future cricket matches in the city. The behaviour also tarnished India's image at the cricket venue.

"It's not nice to see that. I've played five-six years of cricket in India. To have that happening, I don't think it's nice for cricket. It should not have happened and I just hope this is the first and last time in the tour.

"All around the world, people are passionate and about their team and country. I've witnessed this first time in India. It's definitely to do with the passion. It was just a bad day in office," said the winning captain.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni though downplayed the incident.

"When it comes to the safety of the players, I don't think there was any serious threat. A few of the powerful people in the crowd where throwing the bottles into the ground and the umpires felt it was safe to stay in the centre or go off the ground. We didn't play well and at times you get reactions like these.

"Its only the first few bottles that are hurled with serious intent, after that they just do it for fun. We shouldn't be taking such things seriously. I still remember we play in Vizag once and we won the game very easily and that time also a lot of bottles were thrown. It starts with the first bottle and then its more of a fun for the spectators," he said.


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