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‘No spin, no party for Iyer’ – Twitter reactions to Shreyas Iyer failure in the 4th T20I against SA

Shreyas Iyer had another poor outing for India, this time in the 4th T20I against South Africa. He scored four runs before he was trapped in front by Marco Jansen on just the second ball he faced.

Iyer arrived to bat after Ruturaj Gaikwad was dismissed in the first over. He scored a boundary off the first ball he faced, a tickle down fine leg after Jansen bowled one short and leaning towards leg. Next ball, however he landed it on Iyer’s pads. It was given not out, but SA’s review showed there was no edge, and the ball was tracking on to off stump.

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Shreyas Iyer struggle against pace continues

Iyer has batted beautifully against spin this series, but struggled to time the ball against fast-bowlers. Before today, he had fallen twice to Dwayne Pretorious and once trying to big against Tabraiz Shamsi.

India’s batting today has been nothing short of a disappointment. The highest score from the top four was Ishan Kishan’s 26-ball 27, the strike-rate of 101 doing nothing to help the team’s cause. Rishabh Pant has been woeful as well, taking 23 balls to score 17 runs at an abysmal strike-rate of 73.

In the first T20I Iyer scored 36(27), striking quick runs off Tabraiz Shamsi but slowing down heavily against the pacers. He played anchor in the next game, hitting a 35-ball 40 while India succumbed to a sub-par 149 and his strike-rate was criticised. Iyer showed more intent in the third T20I against pace, but didn’t last long, only making 14(11). So far has 94 runs from four innings in this series, the third highest run-scorer for India behind Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya. He’s averaging a moderate 23 but has batted at a worrying strike-rate of 123.

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