South African cricketer Wayne Parnell played his first T20 match over five years ago when he took to the field against India at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. Although South Africa won that match, he played his part well, earning one small gate in his four-overs quota. Now as he landed in Cuttack in the second T20I, a journalist looking for an odd answer asked him how he really felt about Odisha – the Indian state hosting the match.
Parnell being Parnell, he made himself the diplomat at the fore, recognizing India’s remarkable hospitality which has drawn many international visitors.
“We feel very welcome here. First time here. The place we are staying is very nice. There are two things that India does very well – cricket and hospitality. “He’s been really cool here,” Parnell said at the pre-match press conference in Cuttack on Saturday.
India were comprehensively defeated in their first T20I in New Delhi, and they will be looking to make adjustments as losing this match would mean losing 0-2 in a five-match streak.
“This match is going to be decisive. India will definitely come back. They are the side of quality. We don’t expect anything else. Every match up to Bengaluru T20I is going to be very tough. Obviously it was a great win last night and we can draw a lot of confidence from it but we have Now it’s a new place and new conditions so we have to adapt and start over.”
David Miller and Rasi van der Dusen helped South Africa achieve a thrilling seven-wicket win over India at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. It was a sad defeat for India who were on the verge of writing a world record for most consecutive victories in T20 cricket. Entering the match with 12 wins in the trot, a win would have helped India achieve a massive feat, however, Miller and van der Dusen spoiled the party for them.
“The conditions here probably favor more scoring. It’s just about what we’re going to get on that particular day. I swayed a little bit, so maybe we could use that to our advantage as well. Difficult to judge. The sidebar was very green and under overhead conditions, it swayed a little bit. Maybe. For the tailors, there will be less with the new ball. “But the actual wicket, we have to see how match day is,” he said when asked about the conditions of play, when asked about the playing conditions.
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