Watch: Team India receive a warm welcome in Cuttack following 1st T20I defeat  

India lost the first T20I against South Africa by 7 wickets on Thursday.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant: (Image Source: Twitter)

The Indian Cricket Team arrived in Cuttack on Friday ahead of the second T20I against South Africa, scheduled to be played on Sunday. The Indian team has received a warm welcome from the hotel staff upon reaching the state. The team was welcomed in a traditional way amidst loud cheer near the hotel.

A video has gone viral on social media, where the players were honoured with traditional shawls. Rishabh Pant, who has been appointed as the captain in the series, received special attention from some of the prominent members.

You can see the video here:

He led India for the first time in a T20 international on Thursday at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. However, India lost the game by 7 wickets. Rishabh Pant and Co. were asked to bat first and they made a strong start in the powerplay.

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan played in an aggressive fashion and put on a 57-run partnership. Gaikwad got out after scoring 23 off 15 but Ishan Kishan held firm at one end. He then added 80 runs with Shreyas Iyer for the second wicket before getting out for a sensational 76 off 48. Shreyas Iyer too played a handy knock of 36 runs in 27 balls.

The likes of Hardik Pandya (31 off 12) and Rishabh Pant (29 off 16) gave the finishing touches to help the team reach a mammoth score of 211 runs on the board. South Africa, in reply, also started in an aggressive fashion but kept losing wickets at regular intervals. At the halfway stage, they had lost their top-three wickets.

David Miller then joined hands with Rassie van der Dussen in the 9th over and the duo took the game away from the hosts. Both stayed right till the end and guided the team home in 19.1 overs. David Miller earned Player of the Match award for his sensational knock of 64 runs in 31 balls, while Rassie van der Dussen also stayed unbeaten on 75 off 46 deliveries.

The second T20 international is scheduled to be played at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Sunday.


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