IND vs SA 2nd T20I: Play stops due to floodlight failure

The ongoing 2nd T20I between India and South Africa has been stopped due to floodlight failure.

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Floodlights went off in Guwahati (Photo Source: Disney+ Hotstar)
Floodlights went off in Guwahati (Photo Source: Disney+ Hotstar)

The ongoing 2nd T20I between hosts India and South Africa has been halted due to floodflight failure at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati Assam. The failure occurred in the third over as India's Deepak Chahar was going to deliver the second delivery of the over and play was stopped by the on-field umpires.

South Africa were reeling at five for the loss of two wickets when the game was stopped. India struck early in their bowling display and picked up Temba Bavuma and Rilee Rossouw cheaply to peg the Proteas back upfront. Left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh sent both Bavuma and Rossouw packing to the dugout.

Earlier, South Africa won the toss and invited India to bat first. Skipper Rohit Sharma and his deputy KL Rahul got India off to a flyer and aggregated 96 runs for the opening wicket in just 9.5 overs. Rohit was then undone by Keshav Maharaj as he fell for an individual score of 43 off 37 balls. Rahul couldn't last long either and was trapped in front of his stumps by Maharaj.

But Maharaj's double whammy didn't hurt India much as the duo of Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav put on a spectacular show for the Guwahati fans. Suryakumar built on his excellent run of form and hammered yet another half-century to prove his mettle in the shortest format. 

The 31-year-old India batter launched an onslaught and picked on the South African bowlers one by one. He looked menacing throughout his knock of 61 off 22 deliveries and tonked five fours and five sixes. He put together a 102-run partnership with Virat and helped India to set up a domineering total. 

On the other hand, Virat also looked in his elements and took the South African bowlers to the cleaners as he racked up 49* runs off 28 balls, including seven fours and a six. He remained unbeaten at the end as India's designated finisher Dinesh Karthik played a cameo (17 runs off seven balls) to help India score 237 at the end of their 20 overs.

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