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‘Still puts a smile on the face of Indian fans, with inswingers that rattle the stumps’ – Twitter praises opening spell from Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was outstanding with the new ball for India in the second T20I against South Africa. He took three wickets up front, then one in the death to complete the game with figures of 4-13. South Africa chased down 147 quite easily, and defeated India by seven wickets and with four balls remaining to go 2-0 up in the five-match series.

Bhuvneshwar opened the bowling and found movement off the pitch immediately, asking questions of Temba Bevuma with some probing outswingers. His bowling paid immediate dividends, and the last delivery he bowled was on a length and held its line. Reeza Hendricks had no idea of where the ball was; it snaked through the gate and hit the stumps. Hendricks had to go for 4(3)

In his next over he troubled Dwayne Pretorius similarly, and did him on the last delivery of the over with a knuckle ball on middle stump. Deceived by the speed, Pretorious tried to slog but only ended up finding Avesh Khan at backward square leg, and was dismissed on 4(5) leaving South Africa at 20-2.

Rassie van der Dussen was Bhuvneshwar’s third wicket, and fell in his third over. Bhuvi fired one down that was back of a length and nipped back. Rassie, SA’s hero half-centurion from the previous game was beaten and had his off stump dislodged. He only scored 1, and SA were now reduced to 29-3.

Twitter reactions to new-ball heroics from Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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