India vs SA: Parnell’s unique celebration after Hardik’s dismissal goes viral
Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya made a spectacular comeback in the national team in the first T20 match against South Africa in Delhi last week. Pandya, who won the IPL 2022 title for Gujarat Titans, scored 31 runs in 12 balls but India failed to win the first game.
In the second T20I against South Africa in Cuttack on Sunday (12 June), Pandya scored only 9 runs in 12 balls as India posted 148/6, batting first. Chasing the target with four wickets remaining, the visiting team scored 81 runs by batsman Heinrich Klaasen.
During the game, a moment left many in social media, including the dismissal of Hardik Pandya and the unique farewell of bowler Wayne Parnell. Parnell bowled a seam-up ball that lacked bounce and hit all ends to send the batsman cartwheeling leg stump.
Hardik looked back and cut it but failed to make contact as he was clean bowled. Following the dismissal, Parnell showed a ‘heart’ sign with his hands, an act that went viral on social media.
Here’s how Wayne Parnell dismissed Hardik Pandya…
Stump flying#WayneParnell #HardikPandya #INDvSA #INDvsSA #T20I #cricket #cricket winner pic.twitter.com/hRpioUG8bB
— cricket winner (@cricketwinner_) June 12, 2022
Meanwhile, South Africa captain Temba Bavuma heaped praise on Heinrich Klaasen for his match-winning innings against India in the second T20I of the five-match series in Cuttack on Sunday. Chasing 149 for victory, Klaasen took the game away from India with a 46-ball 81 as South Africa walked home with four wickets remaining to lead 2-0 at the Barabati Stadium. Gave.
“It was a tough chase, Bhuvi bowled well, he carried the ball. It could have been clinical by the end, but we’ll accept it. We really needed someone to take it deep. That’s what I play in the game, to top it off. I can take a lesson from this game, will try better in next game. “We knew it would not be an easy target, but we were confident,” Bavuma said in a post-match presentation.
“We knew we had to execute our plans, and we had to be clinical. We could use him (Miller) at 5 or 6. Klaasen is someone who can do damage in a couple of balls. He (Klaasen) adds a lot to our batting. Whatever your role, you need to perform as well as you can,” he said.
(with ANI inputs)